Jaime over at James & Jax is introducing a weekly blog hop. What a great way to kick off the new year!
I promised I would link up before the end of the week, so here I am. I sat there for a while tonight, pondering what I did this week that deserves a pat on the back. Other than the relatively stand-up job I did at work this past week, it took me a while to come up with the rest.
I hope that by participating in this weekly blog hop, it will help me stay more focused on the things I do well, and help build on the confidence that I know is growing over time. Self awareness and self appreciation is an evolutionary process that takes time and occurs over a life time. My self confidence and self esteem have been steadily growing. Given how stark my outlook was as a teenager, I am truly amazed and thrilled that I have come this far. This growth has occurred mostly from the time I emerged from my postpartum depression (PPD) through the publication of my book.
But it isn’t stopping with the end of my book writing journey. I’m going to challenge myself to take more notice of the things that I do each and every day that deserve more than to be forgotten–basically taken for granted– by the next day. My memory finds anything past a day challenging to remember as I get older.
Thank you, Jaime for this inspiration that, blog hop or no blog hop, we all need to focus more on self care, in terms of taking better care of ourselves, as well as patting ourselves on the back for not just the big accomplishments but the little ones that are all too often easily ignored.
Well, here is my list of things I want to pat myself on the back for this week:
- Not only did I make it through one helluva stressful week at work, I handled it with confidence and managing to stay organized and meeting deadlines, while not letting the stress get the better of me like it has done so often in the past.
- I handled seeing and even talking to the two people that made me feel bad in a previous encounter like a real trooper. The thought of seeing one of them twice a week and the other one once a week for the next couple of months is not having the kind of impact (i.e., dread) it would’ve had on me in years past.
- I handled my daughter’s breakdown on day 1 of her new swim class, new instructor and new pool like a trooper, in my opinion (which is saying a lot, since I’m pretty hard on myself usually). Thankfully, she didn’t spend too much time crying and before I knew it, she was swimming in the pool….and I avoided the kind of embarrassing episode that left me looking helpless and defeated in the past.
- I survived another week of my lovely–and sometimes very long and irritating– commute to/from the City. I didn’t let 4 separate occurrences of my 10 pet peeves I encountered get to me.
- Granted, I’m nowhere near the level of chauffering my other friends do with their multiple kids and their various weekend activities. But I think I am doing a decent job as schedule keeper/chauffeur, if I do say so myself! I always make sure my daughter and I get up 1-1/2 hours before any weekend activities, including Chinese school, ballet, and swimming. That gives us time to eat breakfast (and she’s a very slow eater) and get some TV or playtime in before leaving home. Transitioning environments has always been somewhat of a challenge for our daughter, but thankfully, she is getting better about it as she gets older!
Please click on the “I’m Doing It Right” button below to check out Jaime’s post and the other blog hop participants’ posts, and consider joining us in this weekly blog hop! If you can’t join weekly, that’s alright, just join when you can! It just might make a positive difference in your outlook!