Today I turned 28, and instead of posting a 30-before-30 list, or any kind of aspirational list, I’ve decided to take a look back at some of the experiences I’m most proud of/grateful for. They span over my life, and are in no particular order.
I’m proud of myself for …
- Quitting a safe and enjoyable job to pursue the field I wanted to work in (and I did it!!)
- Surviving life for the last nine years in Winnipeg! It’s been really hard sometimes not having family locally to turn to – but I’ve survived and thrived!
- Being a hardcore and strategic dodgeball player
- Getting a medal for wrestling (a non-mainstream sport) in high school
- Listening to my gut and going to Chicago earlier this year. I met some amazing people and learned a lot.
- Taking the time to keep growing and learning
- Being willing to spend money on something that matters (even though it goes against how I learned to interact with money)
- Working hard to get more in shape
I’m grateful for …
- My family. I talked to (how many of them?) today
- How kind my boss at Mona Lisa was
- The opportunity to meet so many badass women in the film industry! Every direct boss I’ve had so far has been awesome.
- My first year of college: the most creatively fulfilled I’ve ever felt
- Awesome music. I’ve found several songs and a few artists over the years, and very much appreciate how they’ve spoken to me at different times throughout my life.
- My friends. Although they’ve come and gone throughout my life, I am grateful for the people who’ve stuck around!
- The ability to learn about myself. I credit my love of reading solely with this (although I guess I should admit that podcasts are also in there)
- The ability to travel. In 2017 alone I’ve gone to Ireland, Halifax, Chicago, and western Canada (Kelowna and Calgary). I’m so grateful to be mobile in this way
- The opportunities I’ve had to write
- All the learning I’ve done this year about my limitations and failures. It will help me avoid making the same mistake
- The discovery of shellac nail polish
- All the amazing things Winnipeg has to offer: Superspike, Fringe Festival, Festival du Voyageur. It’s a creative and amazing city
- How awesome my bosses in my corporate jobs were – both of them encouraged me to do what was best for me, which in both cases meant leaving the company
- A growing appreciation for good food
- How great a perm looks on me
- The ability to learn things from people who suck
- What I’ve learned from my romantic relationships
- Everything I’ve learned about myself from Gretchen Rubin’s books and podcast
- How badass I feel when I work out
- My youngest sisters getting phones so I can keep in touch more easily
- Every opportunity I have to hold someone’s baby
- Freedom to do what I want and arrange my own plans with my new job.
These two lists were supposed to add up to 28 but apparently I got a little carried away! 😉 It was hard not to turn this post into a goals list, or a list of things I wish I’d done better. I have what feels like a lot of regrets for someone my age. But that’s not what this is for. This post is only for looking back. And smiling.