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100 Accomplishments

One of the things I struggle with doing is recognizing what I have accomplished. I do not tend to celebrate what I have done, I am typically more forward thinking. In an effort to remediate that I am sharing 100 accomplishments in no particular order that range from big to small. Some of these are more recent habits and some of these are older. I think it is important to see value in all parts of life not only the big but the small and daily too.

Woman in black cap and gown standing smiling in front of a crowd of people.
I am so thankful for my education.
  • I created the habit of drinking hot lemon water daily.
  • I have meditated twice a day for over a year, and continue to meditate daily.
  • I got my undergraduate degree in three years.
  • I have a masters degree from Columbia University.
  • I have run a 5K.
  • I was in an off broadway play as a child.
  • I was in an opera as a child.
  • I have read over a hundred books per year for the past two years.
  • I sang in a choir.
  • I joined a handbell choir, not knowing how to read sheet music and figured it out!
  • I learned to make a great loaf of sourdough bread.
  • I paid off all my student loans.
  • I have changed a tire by myself, more than once.
  • I have traveled to France, Germany, England, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Italy, and Canada.
  • I took a boat on the Amazon River in Brazil.
  • I have been to 46 states in the United States.
  • I have been to the Eiffel Tower and the Vatican.
  • I have gone on a rafting trip.
  • I have kayaked in the ocean.
  • I snorkeled and saw a shark.
  • I have been on a cruise.
  • I swam with the manatees.
  • I went for a ride in a biplane that did a barrel roll.
  • I have created a habit of making my bed daily.
  • I have created a regular exercise habit.
  • I journal daily.
  • I quit teaching.
  • I have learned to take ownership for my feelings and responsible for my actions as a result.
  • I have a regular yoga practice.
  • I am able to hold crow pose for a few seconds.
  • I am able to hold myself in a headstand for a few seconds away from the wall.
  • I have been with my husband for over ten years, and we still love each other.
  • I have a daily gratitude practice.
  • I have been to the Grand Canyon at sunrise. It was so cold, and we were unprepared, we ran back to the car as soon as the sun was up because we were freezing.
  • I have been to New York at Christmas time.
  • I have seen the Nutcracker Ballet in New York City.
  • I have been to many broadway plays.
  • I have gone on a few mission trips.
  • I have seen the Hoover Dam.
  • I have driven to the top of Mount Washington.
  • I have driven through the everglades.
  • I have been to Key West.
  • I have gone zip lining.
  • I have gone on a road trip through Italy.
  • I have ridden a metric century bike race.
  • I have gone horseback riding.
  • I have even ridden a horse bareback.
  • I have been to the National Balloon Classic.
  • I have gone caving.
  • I have seen a full solar eclipse.
  • I have a regular date night with my husband.
  • I have knit a scarf, which was terribly uneven and a-kilter. I also knit a pair of mittens although they were supposedly the same, one ended up significantly larger than the other.
  • I have made a handmade greeting card.
  • I have made soap.
  • I have started a blog and blogged consistently for a year.
  • I have been to a drive-in movie.
  • I have cooked for other people at my house and not.
  • I have taken ballroom dance classes.
  • I have gone to barbecue festivals.
  • I have made homemade ravioli.
  • I have gone crabbing.
  • I have climbed a tree.
  • I have swum in the ocean.
  • I got married to my high school sweetheart.
  • I acted in numerous musicals as a child.
  • I tie-died a sweatshirt.
  • I have made paper.
  • I sanded and stained my sideboard, formerly my dresser, it is a versatile piece of furniture.
  • I took an art class.
  • I have danced at a wedding that was not my own, as well as my own. I danced like no one was there, and although it took a bit to be not embarrassed, I had so much fun I just stopped caring what other people thought.
  • I have made a Youtube Video. I now have much more respect for all that is required and goes into it. I did not realize how labor intensive it was.
  • I have been to a book signing. I love getting to meet authors in person.
  • I owned a small lizard.
  • I am no longer deathly afraid of snakes. I am still startled, but after living in Florida I learned to live with them.
  • I typically read the book before the movie, unless I am unaware that it is based off a book, and am usually disappointed that I did not do my due diligence.
  • I have ridden on a ferris wheel, and a roller coaster that went upside down.
  • I have seen a Cirque du Soleil Show.
  • I found a pair of jeans I like, which took the better part of a few months and countless hours of trying on clothes.
  • I have made Christmas Dinner every year for the past 5 years.
  • I have cooked through a cookbook.
  • I have developed my own recipes.
  • I have dismembered a chicken.
  • I have gone to many restaurants that I was skeptical of and realized there was no reason to fear.
  • I have eaten from a food truck.
  • I have shopped at a farmers market.
  • I have eaten fondue.
  • I have learned to make homemade dumplings.
  • I have made gnocchi.
  • I have taken a cooking class.
  • I have tossed pizza dough in the air. I am not a pro and usually do not form my pizza in this manner
  • I have joined a book club. In the past, I have not found one here, yet.
  • I have been on a silent retreat.
  • I have fed a homeless person.
  • I have voted informed, by researching candidates before I get to the polls.
  • I have climbed an indoor rock wall.
  • I have been to a yoga retreat.
  • I have been to the Iowa State Fair and the Florida State Fair.
  • I have been to a Strawberry Festival.
  • I have been to the Biltmore.
  • I have been grateful for the abundance of my life.

In writing this list, I was struck by how it captures some of the what I did, but not always why or how it mattered. In the past few years I think more than many of the things listed here I have learned who I am and how to best be myself and show up in the world. That more than any single accomplishment has made me feel like myself. I think yes, it is important to explore and get out of your comfort zone, but it is also important to know yourself and know what has actually been meaningful for you.

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