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Hey there, dear readers!
Today I’m tackling a topic that gets tossed around at dinner parties, during job interviews, and even on those long car rides when you’re playing 20 questions—what am I most proud of in my life?
First off, let’s acknowledge that life is a complicated dance and most of us are juggling several roles at once. For me, those roles include being a psychologist, a writer, a freelancer, and—most importantly—a solo mom. Each role comes with its own set of challenges, but also its own unique rewards.
In my professional journey as a psychologist trained in CBT and ABA, the moments that stand out are the breakthroughs—those “Aha!” moments when a client realizes their own potential, conquers a fear, or finds a healthier way to cope with life’s struggles. Every time that happens, I can’t help but feel an immense sense of pride—not just in my own work but also in the resilience and courage that each individual displays. It’s an indescribable feeling of fulfillment that makes all the hard work, ongoing learning, and emotional investment worthwhile.
Then there’s the writer in me. Whether I’m diving into topics like heavy industry, crafting buying guides, or discussing the intricacies of psychology, writing is more than just a job—it’s a platform. It allows me to share knowledge, to empower, and occasionally, to entertain. When I get messages from readers saying how my words have helped them in some way, it reinforces the pride I take in my craft.
Above all, though, the role that fills me with the most pride is being a mother. It’s a challenging job with no days off, but the rewards are immeasurable. Whether it’s seeing my child’s first steps, hearing their first words, or simply watching them grow into a compassionate and curious individual, every milestone is a testament to the love and effort invested. It’s these everyday miracles that offer me a profound sense of pride and joy.
While this might sound counterintuitive, I also feel a unique form of pride in being a widow. It’s not the circumstance but the growth that comes from it—learning to navigate life’s complexities without a partner, while also providing a nurturing environment for my child, has been an incredibly transformative experience. It’s a pride born from resilience, strength, and the ability to adapt and find joy even when life throws you curveballs.
So there you have it. Life has offered me many roles and experiences to take pride in. From my professional achievements as a psychologist and writer to the personal triumphs that come with motherhood and overcoming adversity, each facet of my life contributes to a multi-dimensional sense of pride. And while the concept of pride can differ from person to person, one thing remains constant—it’s a powerful fuel that drives us to aim higher, to be better, and to cherish the journey, bumps and all.
Until next time, keep finding those moments that make you proud.