52 Lists: Week Three // List the things you should be proud of.

Here’s my Week Three installment of a fun and thought-provoking year-long exercise from Morrea Seal, aptly called the 52 Lists Project. This week’s assignment: list the things you should be proud of. If you’re in your forties like I am, and need a magnifying glass as big as your head to read my list from the Instagram shot below, just scroll down and you can read my list there. More important: write your own list. Then tuck it away someplace safe and special. You’ll feel pretty, pretty good afterwards.




  • my strength — not so much physical as emotional
  • my never-ending goal to improve myself, do better, keep trying, and get back up when I fall
  • my children’s hearts — and their capacity for love
  • overcoming a painful childhood and ending (or at least lessening) generations of dysfunction
  • transitioning from a little girl into a full-grown, blossoming woman without too many chinks on my armor
  • my sense of humor, which saves me and — occasionally — others
  • for keeping the the child within me well-loved and nurtured
  • my writing — for sharing it and submitting it, and for being confident enough to risk rejection, frustration and failure
  • being brave enough to live out loud
  • being told that I make other people feel loved, welcomed, supported, and cared for
  • teaching my children to be kind and loving souls
  • having the cojones to try stand-up comedy in NYC in my twenties
  • moving across the country to San Francisco, knowing no one else other than the husband who asked me to come with him
  • being a pretty darn good hostess
  • my acting ability — I coulda been a conten-duh
  • writing essays and stories and gratitudes that make other people feel really good
  • my cooking skills
  • my creativity
  • my ability to make our house a cozy, safe, nurturing home
  • my photography skills — especially my selfies (ahem)
  • my about-to-be-seventeen-year marriage — the smartest thing I ever did was say yes to that man
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  1. Big hugs to you for writing this and for putting it out there. It takes a lot these days to say what we are proud of out loud. I also love that you are doing these lists at your own pace. I fell behind so then stopped entirely. This is a great approach!

  2. Thanks, lovey! I’m learning to love being imperfect. Most of the time. You have so much to be proud of — write your list!

  3. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

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