Gratitude, Self Appreciation and Progress

Happy Saturday to you all!

I wanted to write this post because something very minuscule happened, but it made me realize something so much bigger.

I asked and received for my first letter of recommendation. Pretty small, right? Not very important. But, reading the kind words my co-op teacher said about my time in her classroom, how I handled challenges with grace and patience, all with a positive attitude and how her students looked forward to my support each week- I realized that I had made an impact, and that made me feel really damn good.

I am applying for scholarships to send me to the American Association of University Women National Leadership Conference in Maryland. I found out about this conference in a newspaper article, and I knew this was something I had to try to get to. I love leadership, and spending time with 1,000 other women just as passionate about leadership, diversity, women issues, growth and development sounds like music to my ears. There is nothing more up my alley than attending this conference. I really want the opportunity to attend. It would completely change my life.

For the scholarship applications to get to this conference, I needed letters of recommendations. When I received my first letter from one of the three people I asked, I sat quietly in self appreciation. Reading in words the impact I made really put it into perspective the beauty of this all. 

Gratitude is the word that perfectly describes that first moment reading that letter.

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Self-appreciation is healthy. It’s not selfish. To sit with yourself in complete solitude and reflect on the progress you, yourself, have made, is 100% healthy. That is what I have been doing the past few days. I have realized just how immensely my self, me, has progressed to the person I am today. I feel like I am doing such bigger things for myself, all based around what I love- like leadership. I also feel just better. Happier. I have learned how to cope with my daily stressors, how to simply just accept and love my body, and how to manage my time better than ever.

Everything takes time. I never never never thought I would ever be the person I am, today. I thought I was going to be depressed and hateful forever. But, something just happens in life.

I place my fears, worries, and distress in the hands of life. I truly believe life has its plan for me, one that no matter how confusing, is right for me in the long run. Everything truly does happen for a reason, and there is only so much you can control.

I hope this was worth your read, thank you all 🙂




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