I don’t know if anyone else struggled with today’s prompt for Blog Everyday in May, sharing our achievements from the past decade, but oh my goodness I sure did. When I first came up with the idea, I thought we could just list one achievement per year from the past decade. And as I came to sit down for the post, I found myself stuck. I don’t really think of achievements all that much, or not my typical standards. For example, I am not a marathon runner or a novel writer or competitive in any fashion. I don’t climb heights, swim distances or hike trails on my own. What did I achieve, rather than what I was most proud of? I will say, thinking of ideas for this post had me pause on how I want to frame the next ten years, and if I should aim for big goals to achieve them next.
And even after all my thinking and brainstorming, I could only organise a list of seven achievements. Maybe I need to give it a bit more thought, but here are my initial ideas:
First International Flight: At the age of 25, I boarded a plane for my first international flight…all the way to Brazil. There i stood at the Seattle-Tacoma International airport, scared out of my mind and knowing that adventure was on my horizon.
Read Anna Karenina and East of Eden: This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but daunting and oversized novels are always worth a try. And let me tell you, Russian literature is really not my cup of tea. But, I stuck with it, powered through both novels and I am better because of it. And in the end, I fell in love with East of Eden, it was a simply equistie book.
Jumped into Love: Falling in love via e-mail, text messages and phone calls was a big risk. At least, it was a calculated risk. I followed my heart, I listened to my intution and I allowed myself to jump (really and truly jump) into love. The blind leap of faith is easily one of my greatest achievements.
Transitioning to Life in Wales: Picking up life, packing a few suitcases and heading on an airplane was a scary proposition. But approaching my new life with grace and humor was a challenge, and took me months to get a handle on. It was constant moments of feeling out of place, but eventually I gained my balance.
Transitioned into a Career, Rather than a Job: As I have settled into life here in the UK, there was a moment when my job became a career. Each day, I arrive at work knowing I am working towards a plan and I am even inspired to tackle the day with enthusaisum.
Obtaining my SET(M) Visa: The visa process moving from the US to the UK, is a stressful and expensive process. When I arrived in the UK in June 2012, I always knew that I would need to tackle my SET(M) or Indefinte Leave to Remain Visa with 18 months. This visa required a test, plenty of proof and an entire morning in an application processing center in Liverpool. After months of prep and organization, it was a major accomplishment having the visa in hand. (Up next: My dual citizenship!)
Became a Homeowner: This of course, is an achievement only 96 hours old and hasn’t really sunk in as of yet. A homeowner, in the United Kingdom. How surreal does that sound? As an immigrant to the UK, we were worried about getting approved for the mortgage with me on the paperwork. The saving grace? My SET(M) visa. Among the boxes, being in our new home is wonderfully overwhelming.
Let’s see what your achievements from the past decade?
PS- Since I don’t have WiFi at home, I can’t include photos for this post. Once I have WiFi back, I will include some snapshots from the past ten years!