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5 Moments I am Proud of!

Posted by on May 29, 2012

I know I already wrote a blog post for the day until I ran across this weeks “Moment’s That Define Life” meme post.  Every week, she does listable life in which you can choose one out of 3 categories of lists you can partake in.  This week’s option of “5 Moment You are Proud of.” I just couldn’t pass up!

So… here goes:

1) Graduating College

Both of my parents never graduated from college nor did my brother.  Although, I am proud of both my mom and brother because they are both working towards their college degree now =) But, when I went over 10 years ago no one in my immediate family had gone and graduated.  It was one of those moments in life where I wanted the degree to say, “yes, I did it.” And I did.

Now, the only thing is that I wish I would have thought through my career avenues a little more thoroughly 😉 But I have the degree, and that’s what matters!

2) That Moment in Time when I knew the career path I was down was no longer the right one for me

Imagine working for a place for 13  years.  The past 6 years you were working up the corporate ladder.  But when you got a high enough distance and saw the entire picture you recognized right then and there it wasn’t where you were suppose to be.  Now imagine that, and having to admit it to yourself, and then find the courage to actually leave it.

I did that.  Sure, I miss the money, but the fact of not having to work holidays and to have my weekends off, so much has lifted off my shoulders, and I have come to appreciate life so much more!

3) My Photography

That moment of when things just started coming easy for you.  That moment when you find enjoyment after years of looking for that one hobby, and nothing sticks.  That moment when you start to look at the world through your lens.  That moment has become my life.  I rarely go anywhere without my camera in tow.  I have it with me to capture what is all around me.  The picture above was taken the first time I was driven across the Vincent Thomas bridge in Los Angeles which would eventually become my new home.  I haven’t been able to replicate this picture since.

4) My trip alone to Washington DC

If I haven’t said this, I will now.  I believe EVERY person should travel alone at least once in their life.  They should take a trip they have always dreamed of on their own.  In this trip they are allowed to see everything they want, and to appreciate the city they’ve dreamed about for all that it is.  I will never forget my trip to Washington DC nearly two years ago on 4th of July weekend.  It was a true reminder of the freedom and independence all of us have been given in the US.

5) My writing!

It signifies a lot in my life.  My writing, one of my passions, and how I truly put myself out there.  Because of putting myself out there, the amazing opportunities that have come my way.  It’s a lesson learned that if you put the work in towards what you want, it will eventually come your way.  I am so proud of my writing, and my blog, and look forward to seeing where it will take me next.

A big thanks to “Moments that Define Life” for this fun link up every Tuesday =)




27 Responses to 5 Moments I am Proud of!

  1. Nicole @MTDLBlog

    What a great accomplishment to have the strength to know it was time to leave that path you were on in your previous career! Not many people would have that kind of strength. Very cool. And to travel alone! Another thing to be very proud of. 🙂 I’m glad you linked up!
    Nicole @MTDLBlog recently posted..5 Things I’m Proud Of {Listable Life}

  2. Mary

    What a great post! You have made me think of moments I am proud of; some are more personal, yet its great to recall moments that make you go, “Yes, I got through that, or YAY, I did it!” 🙂
    Mary recently posted..Happy Holiday Monday!

    • Jamie

      Glad you participated =) Its one of my favorite link ups. That and “things I can’t say”

  3. Martha Giffen

    What a great list! It’s obvious you are a very strong and inspiring woman! So glad to have found your blog through our FB group!

  4. Anita

    Great inspiration and post for us all. Honored to know you 🙂
    Anita recently posted..Leadership and Identifying Your Potential

  5. Olga Hermans

    Thiose are definitely moments to be proud of Jamie; I beleive there are many more to come; be ready!! Life is going to be good for you; believe it!
    Olga Hermans recently posted..Life is Not Fair

    • Jamie

      It’s been a great adventure so far =) I’ve been very fortunate in my life. Thanks Olga!

  6. Elaine Shannon

    Wow good for you and thanks for this reminder to celebrate accomplishments.
    Elaine Shannon recently posted..Time cannot be played with, it is Not a Game

  7. Elaine Shannon

    Wow good for you and thanks for the reminder to celebrate the past accomplishments
    Elaine Shannon recently posted..Time cannot be played with, it is Not a Game

    • Jamie

      Definitely. I think it’s find to remember those moments from time to time as long as we’re not boasting about them every day. =)

  8. Modern Gypsy

    Having the courage to leave your job when you are at the top and realize it isn’t what you want takes real courage.
    Modern Gypsy recently posted..The day the music died

    • Jamie

      It wasn’t easy. The fear of disappointing the others, disappointing my father who worked for the company, and so much more, but I had to follow my instincts and listen to myself.

  9. Dale Anne Potter

    GREAT post Jamie!
    I travelled to Spain alone last year and I’m sure because I was alone, I was able to see more of what I wanted to see than if I was with others.
    LOVE the photos also!
    Dale Anne Potter recently posted..Using Art Journaling to inspire new Artwork…Part 1

    • Jamie

      Oh, Spain sounds lovely! I’d be a bit nervous travelling to a foreign country by myself compared to just the states for me… bravo!

  10. Nisha

    What a great list! I traveled alone to Las Vegas for my 30th birthday. I had never been there before, and I was always a little curious to see it. I figured my 30th was a good excuse, and a trip alone was the perfect way to be able to simultaneously focus on the milestone birthday and also ignore it! Ha!
    Nisha recently posted..Healthy In A Hurry: Skillet-Poached Huevos Rancheros

    • Jamie

      Those trips alone sure are memorable =) Hope you had fun in Vegas.. there’s so much to see and do!

  11. Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs

    I love number four! I have often thought of going on a trip alone. Although, I have no idea where I would go. It would be so hard to choose. So many great spots and so many activities. I suppose it would mostly depend on the budget and time.

  12. Julie Jordan Scott

    Thank you for visiting my blog (my first MTDL list in a long time!) and now that I am visiting yours, I see we have many similarities and passions. I am also a photographer and writer… I resisted photography for a LONG time but I have been writing since I could dictate to my mother and copy words I couldn’t read using a crayon on construction paper.

    I lived in Los Angeles after I graduated from college and then moved to Bakersfield, where I have been ever since.

    These lists DO help us know each other, don’t they?

    Thanks again for visiting!
    Julie Jordan Scott recently posted..Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You…. First Up, Laura! #JuNoWriMo #StoryADay

    • Jamie

      Oh wow! Definite similarities =)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment =) I love The Listable Life meme, I stop by every Tuesday to take a peek, I don’t always partake, but when I saw this one I had to share =)

  13. Sharon Greenthal

    I wholeheartedly agree about traveling alone. It’s so exhiliarating!

  14. NIcole @ Three 31

    Hi Jamie! I’m a new follower via Twitter and I love this blog post about defining life moments – what an excellent topic! I can’t wait to see/read more of your photography as I’m a newbie to the DSLR world (Husband purchased me a Nikon D5000 last summer) and have a desire to learn more, including Photoshop. Your comments about Washington DC also caught my attention because I’m going there in a couple of weeks. It’ll be mine and my Husband’s first time there. He works for a gov’t contractor and will be there for a week of dull, boring business meetings but I’ll be “alone” during the day to explore and sight-see to my heart’s desire. I already have a few things in mind to do, but I would love your additional input.

    I look forward to future posts, this is a wonderful blog you have here!
    Nicole @ Three 31
    NIcole @ Three 31 recently posted..Resolutions Update {MAY}

    • Jamie


      I’ll make sure to send you an email out sometime this weekend discussing some Washington DC suggestions. The nice thing is that you have an entire week to explore =) Which trust me, you’ll be able to find something to do every day!

      And thanks for stopping by. Also, if you have any questions about photography don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know it all, but love to share what I do know =)

  15. Amy @ Counting My Kisses

    Wonderful list~ and OMG that picture is gorgeous! Love your traveling alone & writing points as well. Stopping by from Listable Life!!
    Amy @ Counting My Kisses recently posted..5 things I’m proud of {listable life}

    • Jamie

      Thanks for stopping by and thank you, it was a ton of fun to write =)

  16. Jennifer

    Those are definitely 5 things to be proud of Jamie, thanks for sharing them. I can relate to number 2, that’s a tough but freeing decision! I also love your advice to travel alone. I went diving in Mexico by myself several years ago and had the time of my life! People thought I was weird but it was one of my favorite vacations ever.
    Jennifer recently posted..3 Tips To Create a Free Offer that Builds Your List and Your Bank Account

    • Jamie

      Those vacations are truly memorable =)

      And who cares if they think we’re weird… we’re having fun in the process! lol thanks Jennifer!

  17. Sarah BB @ East9thStreet

    Before children I would have never thought about going on vacation alone. Now that I have them, I think about it all the time.
    Sarah BB @ East9thStreet recently posted..Week 6 & 7 Insanity & Shakeology Fitness Challenge – How To Deal With Weight Gain

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