I Like Me
I got the inspiration for this post from Sassy Girl over at her awesome blog! 🙂
I like me because I can depend on myself
My family was poor and by high school, I was scared that my family would not be able to afford post secondary education for myself and my two sisters. I started working two part time jobs, in addition to after joining the yearbook committee and stock market club. I tutored high school kids after school, and a worked at McDonald’s on the weekends.
I got a partial scholarship to university and I worked hard to maintain it throughout the 5 years I was there. I went to a school that had a good support system for internships, and was able to pay for my living expenses and tuition from my earnings.
I graduated and found a job. I paid off my student loans and have been building up my net worth, as well, as helping my parents out whenever I can.
I like me because I am not afraid to try new things
I traveled to Boston for an internship and I went to Singapore by myself – both not knowing anyone else. I made new friends -some of whom I am very close to today. I traveled to Egypt – and I want to continue to travel and explore new places. Mount Everest. The Great Wall of China. The Big Ben. The Great Barrier Reefs. The Amazon Rainforest.
I took salsa dancing and belly dancing classes – even though I have two left feet. I joined volleyball, dodge ball, soccer and squash.
I like trying new recipes. I like trying new foods. New restaurants.
I like me because I am not afraid of a challenge
I am challenging myself to prioritize the stuff in my life, by embarking on this journey of minimalism. I don’t want to just harbour stuff – I want to create lasting memories and live my life to the fullest.
I read about how to take control of my finances when I didn’t understand what an RRSP was. I learned to track my expenses and budget according to the priorities in my life. I now have a good size Emergency Fund, savings, RRSP and other investments. 🙂
I also taught myself how to swim after I took my last swimming lesson when I was in grade 2, and have been afraid to go into the waters when my feet couldn’t touch the ground.
I signed up for a half marathon with my sister because I believed I could train and run 20 km. I am training – though I have fallen off the bandwagon, sometimes, I constantly climb back on and hang on. Never give up!
I like me because I am comfortable in my own skin (now)
Like many people in high school, I did not have the greatest self image. I felt awkwardly skinny. I had acne. I didn’t know how to wear make up, or wear cool clothes.
Today, I feel proud and confident when I smile. I feel more comfortable in my own clothes (I think my outfits are more put together 😉 ). I have learned how to use make up, and also learned how to be comfortable au naturel.
I like me because I am smart
I memorized all my times table by the time I was in grade two. I finished mad minutes faster than anyone in my classes throughout elementary school.
I was consistently at the top of my class in high school and got scholarships to attend university. I finished university with honours and found a great job afterwards.
I like me because I am happy now 🙂