Be proud of where you are.

As mentioned in the TidBitz note, we can all be hard on ourselves sometimes, and it's important to take a moment to look at all you've earned and to be proud of exactly where you are right now.

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As I write this, I am snuggled up next to my boy and the source of my greatest pride, my Mylo. I try my best to teach him to be proud of himself. It's important for me to acknowledge him, but to also instill confidence and a proper sense of self, I encourage him to be proud of himself ; to take full credit of his accomplishments.  

It hasn't always been as easy to simply be proud of myself. I've fallen victim to comparison over and over again. It sometimes makes it difficult to feel proud when I see how well others are [seeming to be] doing. Comparison is the thief of joy, and it's not fair to myself to do that. It's so easy to get trapped in ideas of not being successful enough. To get myself out of that hole, I try to recall a pivotal moment in my life where I made myself proud. 

I was 19 years old when I decided to move to a city I had never been and didn't even know a soul! But I had been saving money for a few years, and felt like I could make it work. I was naive enough to think it was simple, and I was brave enough to actually do it.

So, I did it. I moved away from all that I knew, and it changed the path of my life entirely. And it was hard! I had to work very hard, trust my instincts, and pretend that I knew what I was doing the whole time. The money I had saved lasted a mere 2 months, but the confidence and pride (and character!) that I gained has lasted to this day. Now I'm here next to my own little Nashville cowboy, gushing with all the pride and joy a heart can handle. I am proud of where I am, and all the paths I took to get here to this moment. I won't allow others' success make me feel anything less than that. 

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So tell me, was there any profound moment that led you to where you are now? Were there any forks in the road for you? Were there obstacles and heartache that you overcame? What is your greatest source of pride? Take a moment to dote on yourself, and no one else.  Be proud of where you are!

XOXO, andalyn

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