Dear 100 Hour Board Alumni,
What are you MOST proud of accomplishing in the last year?
-My Name Here
I have a little "Kept Going" pin that looks like an award ribbon, and I think it's rather appropriate. This has been an incredibly difficult year, and there have been times when I have just wanted to not exist. I'm very proud of the fact that I've managed to hold on.
It took me about 3 or 4 months of picking up the phone, panicking, hanging up before anyone could answer and then dissolving into frustrated tears, but I finally made an appointment with a therapist and I've been going to therapy for a couple of months now. I would get so overwhelmed by all the different therapists and trying to navigate which ones took my insurance and obsessing about picking the "right" one, because what if the "wrong" one scarred me forever and...yeah, it was a bit of a process. But I did it, and I found a therapist I really clicked with, and it's been more helpful than I could have predicted. So, there's that.
Also I finally started to figure out how to make and maintain friendships as a married, non-student adult. Turns out singles wards and student housing and nobody having kids make the whole friend thing a lot easier, but after almost 3 years of married socializing I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
I've had an awful year in terms of physical health and when you're dealing with that (or with mental health issues or grief or any other major stress) it makes accomplishing things difficult. That said, I recently started walking to work several days a week and I'm pretty happy about that.
P.S. Humble Master reminded me that I also made four guest appearances on a certain podcast.
Dear My Name Here,
My girlfriend is someone I have known since I was 11. Somehow after I got out of a really really bad longterm dating situation in 2015, my girlfriend and I started dating. Despite the huge amounts of stuff I was sorting through at the time, we made it work, and she is exactly the right person for this moment in my life. I love her deeply.
She moved from Las Vegas, where I live, to New Jersey to go to graduate school last June. Initially we weren't even going to consider a long-distance relationship, but we decided to give it a shot. She'll graduate in May, but she's staying on the east coast, so there are no immediate plans for us to be together because of circumstances, though we do want to be together again. Still, despite all of this, we've made it work so far and we are still together. We also have this kind of zen take on the whole thing where we are very in love with each other but we understand that this just might stop being worth it any day, and if that happens we will be very sad but we will each recover. If you know me, you know that "zen" is not in the top hundred words one might use to describe me. I like to plan and control things. Somehow, though, this is working.
Long-distance relationships are no joke, folks. My goodness, have there been really really hard things about this. I've almost broken it off several times. No matter what happens, though, I'll be glad I did this, and this time has been a gift to me.
A side-effect of having a girlfriend move across the country is that you do a lot of traveling. In the past year, my girlfriend and I have visited three corners of the lower 48, touching the ocean in southern California, south Florida, and Maine. We took 10 days to drive across the country, eating barbecue and site seeing, both at well-known museums and roadside zoos that briefly claimed to have chupacabras. We celebrated Memorial Day in Washington, DC and Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. We ate barbecue across the south, ceviche in Little Havana, and lobster rolls across New England.
And we'll see what happens tomorrow.
- The Black Sheep
I made the decision to move my family back to the West (from the East Coast). I'm proud because this might be the first truly faith-based action I've ever really taken in my life. I've always sort of just known that big things in my life would work out and I've never really worried about them. College, major, marriage, and having kids have been very natural steps to take for me (not easy, natural).
But quitting a job I love and taking a huge pay cut to leave a place and people I love to move my family across the country to a place where houses cost more and my pay increases slower is so utterly counterintuitive that all I'm going on is the faith that my reasons for going are good enough that the Lord will provide for me when I get there. It doesn't feel natural or easy to do and it doesn't always feel like the right choice. But I think it is. So I'm proud that I have the guts to take these steps without a confirmation that it's the right thing but with faith that it will have been once I've actually done it.
The Man with a Mustache
Dear -My Name Here,
This. For sure this.
The last year of my life has definitely been the most successful. I graduated Cum Laude from my university and managed to land what was my dream job. But what I'm most proud of myself for was delivering my baby 100% natural after being at the hospital for less than an hour and not being freaked about it (the not freaking out being the key thing I am most proud of.) Also, Little Puff is still alive and thriving, which makes me feel like a successful mother.
As mentioned in Board Question #89436, this last year I achieved? won? pried from the clutching grasp of the universe? a Ph.D. in Immunology. I can assure you, it has gone to my head. Professionally, it actually was a very big year. After graduating, I presented my researched at a big international conference for tropical medicine and won a Young Investigator Award (which came with a not-negligible cash award). Also as I mentioned in a number of Board answers, I graduated from BYU with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and worked in a hospital lab for a year before going to get a Ph.D. This year I applied for a fellowship program that ends in a board certification to direct a clinical microbiology lab (usually in a hospital or public health setting). There are only 13 programs that offer this fellowship in the country and you usually apply a year or two in advance. I got offered a position at the University of Utah so, we'll be heading back to Utah in the next few months. If these trends continue, by the end of next year I'll have TWO Ph.D.s, two new jobs, and will be swimming in award money!
- Rating Pending (who also made up a recipe for a loaf of braided onion-tumeric bread a few weeks ago that was right up there in terms of accomplishment as a Ph.D., it was that good)
I think the best thing I've done for myself in the last year is I've started exercising. It's been years since I have done any sort of exercise, because I just absolutely hated it and hated how my skin would break out constantly when regularly exercising. However, now that I'm doing light exercise three times a week I feel so much better, and I have a lot more energy than I did before! Also, it makes biking to the train for my daily commute more possible (though I still drive to the train more often than I should, because I procrastinate leaving).
-Yog in Neverland
I got accepted to graduate school one year ago.
I've found an area in my program (namely, affordable housing) that I can honestly say I feel passionately about.
By some miracle, I have actually managed to do some successful networking! It will be another month or so before I find out exactly how successful, but in any case it's far better than anything I ever did as an undergrad.
I was in charge of a five man team operating at a high operations tempo across five countries, and nobody in my charge died. That was pretty cool.
In the spirit (but not the letter) of the question, I'm very proud to be graduating next month. And I'm proud that I more or less created the job that I want. My experience with grad school has done wonders for my self-confidence. I'm proud of how many scary doors I've been able to walk through with my head held high (except for when I'm stumbling a little).
Thanks for asking,
Waldorf (and Sauron)
Dear My Name Here,
If I had to choose the one thing I'm most proud of I would have to say my success in my first year of beekeeping. My first hive survived the winter, which is a pretty big deal. (It also means I should be able to extract honey this year!) I've added three more hives to my apiary, too. I can't believe how much I've learned. Honey bees are so fascinating and I love being a beekeeper.
And, of course, I have to share pictures.
This is me (the veil hides my face well enough, right?) using my smoker as I prepare to install one of the new hives.
These are my other two new hives right after my husband and I installed them. We tell them apart according to their paint colors (i.e., Sunny Forecast, Misted Mint, Sugar Plumed, Pristine Skies).
Here's a frame I'm holding up. Can you spot the queen? She's in the very center.
In case you were wondering, yes, almost everyone in my family has been stung, even our dog (but that's what you get when you stand in front of the hive and try to eat the bees). Getting stung once in a while is just part of the job and, as long as you're not allergic, it's really not bad at all.
I finished my master's degree and got a full-time job, which I'm proud of, yeah. But I think the thing I'm most proud of is that I got a science comic about corn published in an anthology! I've been drawing and writing more this year and I'm pretty happy with some of the stuff I've made. It feels really really really good to have some small amount of success in a creative pursuit. Watch this space. By next year I plan to have more cool stuff finished and I'll for sure share it.
Like many people, I have a "bucket list" of things that I would love to do sometime in my life - things like complete a triathlon or learn to play ten hymns on the piano. This year I was able to cross one of the list: Win an individual golf tournament. I won the handicap match play tournament at my country club. It came complete with a nice trophy that now hangs on my wall.
I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.
Honestly? My term project from the engineering class I took last year. It was a group project and involved coding and hard-wiring a home or small business security system. It's been a long time since I've been able to work on a project and then actually see/touch/experience the final product. And have it work well. It was something to enjoy and be proud of, especially after an entire term of hard work (and a number of long coding and project assembly meetings).
Oh, what the heck, you didn't ask for pictures but here's one nonetheless:
Granted, our wiring management could probably have been a *bit* cleaner...
I went from the point in my mental illness where I could only work from home to the point where I started taking the bus to my volunteer shift twice a week and am aggressively applying to my dream job that will help me work toward my dream career. I'm proud of that.
Also I got an amazing tattoo. It's not something I accomplished, but sitting through four hours of intense pain feels like an accomplishment?
With Owlet, have and take care of Boy-ahrairah:
Relatedly, I would say breastfeeding our pre-term baby. This wasn't entirely my doing, but breastfeeding is starting to really go well for Boy-ahrairah and me, and I'm basically proud that I didn't punch anybody in the face during the process. While I knew breastfeeding was difficult for a lot of people, I figured chances were good that it'd go alright for us because I was prepared (took the class, read the books, bought the pillow...). What I didn't realize is that coming up against something challenging literally every 2-3 hours every day and night for weeks would take such an emotional toll. How do you even prepare for that? I'm still technically in the postpartum recovery period and have All The Emotions, so I really shouldn't keep talking but yeah. Breastfeeding.