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Acknowledging Your Accomplishments

By January 27th, 20218 Comments

Acknowledging Your Accomplishments

by Bennii Blast of The Culture Pine

So my days as a 21 year old came to an end this week as I turned 22. With every birthday that rolls by, I get this sudden urge to assess everything that I have done thus far but more often than not, I tend to focus on all those things that are STILL on my to-do list. The latter, is usually filled with a slight hint of disappointment as I torture my mind with thoughts on all that I haven’t accomplished yet. Yep…I’m just a real party animal when my birthday comes around.

As I consumed myself in self-pity at the wonder of how fast the years seem to fly by the older you get, I stopped and took a deep breath. Why do we focus on the negative? It was this question that encouraged me to ditch the melodramatics and realise just how much I have to be thankful for.
This prompted me to compile a list of things that I HAVE accomplished – big or small – instead of reminding myself of what I haven’t done yet, in a bid to create a more positive energy:
  • Go to university
  • Live abroad
  • Strengthen my relationship with God
  • Go natural (11 months in – woohooo!!)
  • A good relationship with a man who is also my best friend (boy that took a while!)
  • Join the gym – and actually use it =)

These are just a few things on my ‘things I’ve done’ list and damn it I’m proud! It put me in a much better mood and allowed me to focus on being thankful to God for another year, than feeding negative energy. This however, is not just something that is experienced around Birthday time, but can creep into our everyday lives. Acknowledging our accomplishments at any time can sometimes be just the thing we need at those low times, because we all deserve a pat on the back every now then.

Have you acknowledged your accomplishments lately? What is on your ‘things I’ve done’ list?


  • freddy says:

    i find it easier to look back at accomplishments when youve gone through same hard times. Now im on the other side of the world, ive moved in with an amazing man and plan on having further education n getting a good job.
    ooh im only 19 :)

  • Anonymous says:

    I have:

    1, Graduated with a B.A. in Psychology after working full-time and going to school full-time with a child that is now 8. It can be done.

    2. Taken the GRE and applied for the Master's program in Counseling Psychology.

    3. I have forgiven myself for taking too long to do #1 and #2, and have accepted that my life is not like the lives around me and that the long way around builds strength and resiliency.

    4. Have settled down with the best man I have ever met, who is perfect for my personality.

    5. I have accepted that my bestie and worstie (when he is rocking my nerves) mentioned in #4 is not perfect.

    6. I have decided to continue growing, and pursuing realistically attainable goals that line up with my values, and my talents.

    7. I have actively increased my credit score.

    8. I have added a little bit of structure to my life.

    9. I have worked on my time management.

    10. I have bumped Ledisi's song, "Bravo" everyday on the way to work in the morning and clapped for myself in the midst of traffic:)

  • Alyssa says:

    Thank you so much for writing this. I've been feeling low all day since I found out I mad a bad grade on my midterm and for a good 3 hours I was in self-pity mode. I had to bring myself out of it and thought of everything I'm blessed with having in my life and felt better. But reading this article at the end of the day was the whipped cream on top of the pie! ;p

  • Anonymous says:

    I have done some things, but I don't want to brag.
    1. College twice from two the best schools in the country
    2. Married
    3. My son
    4. Survived Divorce! Yes that's an accomplishment.
    5. Bought MY OWN Damn House and got a great interest rate.
    6. Car will be paid off in the summer
    7. Dated some really Hot guys

  • Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 2:31…Girl your life sounds like my except loving the public library job…Hate It! Can't wait for this interview at a counseling center. Maybe I can work there for 6 years and buy my own house…then we'll be tit for tat. By the way I'm 23.

  • Anonymous says:

    I can definitely relate to this post! My whole life, I didn't know how to celebrate my accomplishments. It was always like on to the next thing before I even celebrated what I had accomplished. I'm 24 years old and so far I have graduated from high school and college (both with honors), no children (yet), working for the public library for 6 years (LOVE IT!!), and I just bought my first house last December. There are still things I want to do, but I have to remember to give God all the glory and thank Him for getting me this far. :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Shut up! President Obama?! WOW!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'll be 40 next month and after living in Georgia for 29 years, I finally went to Savannah last weekend.
    My cake skills have gotten better over the years, and I got to decorate a cake for President Obama last week, so that was pretty cool.

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