Friday, April 17, 2020

πŸ€— 23 Things I've Accomplished in 23 Years πŸ€—

Okay so I know that the title comes across as a little narcissistic. I’m not actually a self-absorbed asshole. (Although our society does reward narcissistic behavior, but that's another article). I think that most people only look at the things they don’t have and the areas where they fell short and not enough people remember to acknowledge and be thankful for how far they’ve come. Most people wanna be somewhere they’re not. What’s wrong with the step you’re on?

In honor of my birthday, I'm allowed to be a little self-absorbed and look back at all I’ve accomplished in 23 years. I understand this probably won’t be very interesting to the many people who don’t know me and read my articles but this is my blog, and I can post what I want. So get over it.

I also want to encourage anyone who’s reading this to look back at their own life and acknowledge their accomplishments. It’s something I never even thought about doing until a few years ago when I was on a study abroad trip in Sweden and we learned about the Imposter Syndrome. The Imposter Syndrome is a psychological pattern in which one doubts one’s accomplishments and despite external evidence of their competence, they remain convinced that they do not deserve all that they’ve achieved.

When I was 15 years old, I always imagined adults in their 20s would be doing big things and getting their lives in order. Now that I am in my 20s, I feel so stupid for having thought about it that way. I talk to my friends who are in their 30s, being moms and dads, they still sometimes are a little insecure and don’t know what they’re doing. Then I realized that age has nothing to do with our living and achieving. There is no right or wrong way to live a life. Life will always be filled with both happiness, sadness, humiliation, appreciation, etc.

We know ourselves from the inside but we only know others from the outside. We don’t see how everyone else is just as flawed as you are. As some smart person said, we see our blooper reel and others' highlights reel.

The study abroad class was about what it takes to be a leader. To be a great leader/person, you must believe that you are capable and worthy of your accomplishments. Otherwise you would never reach your full potential.

We did an exercise where we wrote down things that we were proud of and things we’ve accomplished, etc. And it really stuck with me. I think that everyone should do this at least once a year. Here’s my list, I could probably add more or better stuff but honestly I didn’t really think about this too hard lol. And this isn’t me trying to be boastful or a showoff. I’m allowed to be proud of my accomplishments, and I would like to encourage every one else to do the same.

So without further ado here are 23 things I’ve accomplished in 23 years. (Alexa play Ante Up by M.O.P. 😎)
  1. Graduated from a 4 year university with a Bachelor's Degree
  2. got my articles published
  3. got my paintings published
  4. Studied Abroad twice
  5. Travelled to 8 different countries 
  6. Travelled to 22 states
  7. Got a fish!!
  8. Bought myself a car
  9. Lived by myself
  10. Started a successful blog
  11. Learned another language
  12. Paid off my credit card
  13. Joined a Sorority
  14. Joined AmeriCorps (even though it ended up being total trash lol)
  15. Lived in another country for a month
  16. Volunteered at the Theatre
  17. Travelled to New York City alone
  18. Somehow got into The Box NYC (which is like impossible to get into so I'm heckin proud of that. Also if you know, you know 😎) 
  19. Hit 10,000 views on my blog
  20. Finally started on a screenwrite I’ve been wanting to do for years
  21. Wrote several articles that I’m extremely proud of and that have gotten wide recognition
  22. Discovered that I’m a fabulous writer πŸ’
  23. Applied for, and got accepted into, one of the most prestigious Film Academies in the world

Thank you for taking the time to read this! And don't forget to acknowledge your own accomplishments sometimes.   πŸ’›Katie

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1 comment

  1. we did not realize all the accomplishment that you have done--keep up working on it--love ya


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