Applaud Yourself

I was walking back to my apartment from the gym earlier today and as the California breeze started to blow gently on my face, it inspired me to think. Yes, I can be inspired by the breeze. 

Do you ever find yourself... being too hard on yourself? I do that a little too often. I got lost in my thoughts, causing my twenty minute walk to feel like five, saying to myself... you've accomplished a lot for a twenty year old! 

This amazing internship that I've been doing in Los Angeles, with Cheri Media, over the summer is coming to an end. And every time something is ending its course, I always start pondering on the would haves, should haves, and could haves.  But why focus on things I cannot change? 

People around me who have been asking about my return and have received the response "This is actually my last week" with a sad emoji next to it have all replied by saying something like "Its a blessing to do what you did though!" These responses caused me to change my perspective and I began to think of all the things I DID. 

I then went on a bit of a tangent and started thinking of all the things I have done so far in my life, all the things I have accomplished! Realizing that we don't give ourselves enough credit for all we have done or for simply doing the best we can. 

So what I decided to do, is to encourage you to write down all the things you have accomplished so far in your life! Not to get confused with the things you've overcome, there's a difference, and that can be another list! But write it all down! However you want to, just do it, and once you're done, take a step back and read it over! Recognize how awesome you are! Keep it, become your biggest inspiration and applaud yourself. 

You don't have to read my list, but if you'd like to I'm going to share it below. 

Here's a list of some of my accomplishments (since High School):

Senior year of High School I broke out of my shell and participated in Poetry Out Loud, reciting E.E. Cummings' "I Carry Your Heart," and got offered the filming to be shown in other poetic events.  

In 2011, although I didn't receive the (I.B.) diploma, I pushed through and completed the International Baccalaureate Program and got a full ride scholarship to the University of Arizona.

Since graduating from High School, I have lived on my own. 

Freshman year of college, I got my first job at Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization I was honored to work for.

Summer of 2012, I finally started to pursue one of my passions, boxing! 

Summer of 2013, I studied abroad in Paris, traveling alone, and finished my French minor. 

As soon as I returned and started my Junior year of college, I was highly involved in multiple organizations. I was accepted to volunteer with the Arizona Youth Partnership and continue to stay active in the Strengthening Families Program to this day.

I, also, started interning for a college sports website (that unfortunately is no longer active) and was the only reporter representing my school.   

Right after, I interned for Perimeter Bicycling and helped organize the biggest event in my city, El Tour de Tucson (where I also got the opportunity to work with ESPN Tucson).

Junior year of college, I decided to follow my heart and study something that I love learning about, majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in human rights, justice, and social movements. 

Welcoming the New Year of 2014, I blossomed the idea of having my own website and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. 

This summer I got accepted to intern for Cheri Media's website HipHopDX and moved to Los Angeles, all on my own, for the time being. 

I then got accepted to intern for another one of their websites at the same time, 

While being in Los Angeles, I reached out to two of my biggest inspirations and was able to meet, interview, and feature them on my site! 

I, also, realized that anything is possible.