a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

I drew lots of things from today’s #DailyWritingChallenge theme and I do apologise now if this blog lacks flow, but the popcorn of ideas as I write is leading me down this clunky path, so I’m going with it.

I’m proud of lots of things. I am proud to be a woman. I am proud to be a mum to two amazingly intelligent, funny, kind and beautiful boys. My children are up there, right at the very highest point imaginable. Every single day, I look at them and fill with pride and I tell them so. Hearing those words “I’m proud of you and I love you.” Can lift you from a zero to a sky rocket 10!

Not only am I proud of my own children, but I’m proud of the children in my class and school, my family and friends, my colleagues-everyone who has played their part in maintaining some sort of sanity though this period of uncertainty.

I am proud of the fact that we are holding it together and gleaming positives, learning new skills and realising the things that are important.

I’m proud of my mum for having overcome Bowel Cancer and for my dad in supporting her through such a difficult time.

I’m proud of the difficult decisions I have made over the past 12 months. The steps forward I have made in realising my new career direction and how I’ve relinquished the safety net of a full time contract with a good salary and pension.

I’m proud of the safe space that is my home. The “little house” as I like to call it with its home comforts and pretty garden.

I am proud of my best friends with how they have dealt with some really difficult things, yet still manage to smile and be the amazing people they truly are.

I’m proud of my new business and the potential it has of helping others. I’m proud of its name, values and mission. I’m proud of the belief from which it has evolved. I’m proud of how I work hard in developing it.

I’m proud of the work I do to help others in supporting their change of relationship with alcohol. I’m proud of my fellow soberists. I’m proud of the mindful workshops I ran to support them during lockdown and I’m proud of those who reach out on a 1:1 level and make positive changes to their mindsets.

I’m proud of the changes I have made in my own lifestyle. The changes I have made to improve my body, mind and spirit. I’m proud of the friendships I’ve built along the way.

I’m proud of my friends. Of those that inspire me with their resilience, strength and determination. I’m proud of how kind they are and that they invest their time and effort in me and our friendship. I’m proud of the new friends I have made.

Having pride in people, achievements and possessions isn’t necessarily negative, it is celebratory. Although pride is deemed as one of the seven deadly sins in the Bible, I think it can be a positive. I don’t shout about the things I’m proud of everyday but I do when I feel the need.

I think the one thing I do struggle with is acknowledging the pride I have for myself. I struggle to say the words I am Proud of myself

This is a work in progress . I have joined a wonderful group of ladies who empower and build one another up in the #IamRemarkable work done with @Ethical_Leader.

I do reflect each evening on my day, and in the words of Heather Small I ask myself the question “ What have you done today, to make you feel proud?

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