a while ago, i was reading another lean cuisine inspired post from venus trapped in mars on weighing not your weight, but your accomplishments. sarah wrote about how her biggest accomplishment is her blog, and shared this heart warming video of women putting their biggest accomplishments on the scale instead of themselves.
i loved this idea and am finally getting around to writing a post about it. i have thought long and hard: what is my biggest accomplishment?
and then it came to me. my biggest accomplishment is all the times i have had to pick my life up from scratch and rebuild.
i moved to a small town for my freshman year of college just an hour away from home. i was nervous to be away from home and thought baby steps would be best. that year was incredibly hard. it became apparent very fast that i didn't really know how to make friends. i spent a lot of time in my room by myself. a lot of time by myself. after my freshman year of college, i decided to move 300 miles away from home, to salt lake city, where i know live and have lived for 7 years. that was a huge move for me. i was terrified. i threw up my first day of school. i moved the day after finals because i got into performing at a theme park that summer before school started. i made some friends and lived with my aunt and uncle. i built a new life once again, shredding the life i had built in that small town near home and building a new one in salt lake city.
^^college graduation, may 2012^^
i loved salt lake and felt like i belonged and made friends a lot easier this time. right before the school year ended, i totaled my car and had to move home for the summer, forcing me to build a life once again. it was the worst summer of my life.
i moved back to salt lake city knowing i didn't have to build completely from scratch as i did have friends from my sophomore year. my junior year was a good one, i made great friends with my roommates and built an even better life for myself than the year before. by the end of the year, i decided to do two things: go on a study abroad to london and then move to LA for an internship in the entertainment biz.
i came back to america in june and didn't have to be in LA until august, so i went back to the job i left and lived with my aunt and uncle again until LA called. i widdled the time away spending a lot of time with my sister and my friends and preparing for LA as much as i could.
^^i love this picture, though i could live without the zit. in front of the hollywood sign.^^
august came, and off to LA i went. and time to rebuild a life once again. LA was the best time of my life. i wanted to be a writer so badly, i learned so much, i was happier than i ever had been. from the second i got to LA, i felt as though i had lived there my whole life. i made friends really easily, i was homesick as LA was so different than any other place i had lived, but i loved every single second of it. rebuild i did, but it was surprisingly easy.
come november, i went back to utah, right before thanksgiving. i went home until the winter semester started, as i had two more semesters until graduation. i spent thanksgiving until january between home and salt lake city looking for a place to live once school started. i found a lovely home to live in with four other girls. little did i know that those girls turned out to be some of my life long best friends. i was so happy in that home.
soon i met taran, and rebuild i did once again.
there are a number of things that i like about myself, but the ability to take chances and move to places i have never been and move into houses with strangers and rebuild again and again and again is one of my favorite traits about myself. i live life to the fullest. i pride myself on thinking constantly, "if you were on your death bed, would you have any regrets?" no. i wouldn't.
and that is my greatest accomplishment.
i wanted to share the lean cuisine video as well. it really is so inspiring and reminds me to weigh what i have done with my life, not what i weigh.