31-Day Blog Challenge: Most Proud Moment

Day 17/31

Upon investigation, I don’t think I’ve had my “most proud moment” (shouldn’t it be “proudest moment”?  Whatever…) yet.  Yes, there are many things I’ve done that I’m proud of, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt so utterly proud that I felt I was on top of the world.  I suppose there are a few things that rack up there – graduating from college last May with High Honors (after thinking I almost couldn’t get through it while juggling work and school and even a suggestion of a personal life), presenting successful trainings at work, having editorials I wrote in high school published in newspapers throughout the state, helping transition the high school newspaper into the digital age with its first website, getting to a regional competition for my business plan, and other academic successes throughout the years.

However, this being a challenge and all, I thought I should at the very least pick one proud moment that sticks out in my mind and share it in this post.  In that case, I suppose I would have to pick winning the school and county spelling bees in junior high (back in 2007 – O.M.G., I can’t believe it’s been 7 years).

Photo Credit Michael Schweitzer / Dodge City Daily Globe

Me with a big smile on my face after winning the Ford County Spelling Bee back in 2007.  It feels like a lifetime ago…  And I’m so glad I got rid of that hideous coat.  |  Photo Credit Michael Schweitzer / Dodge City Daily Globe

You see, I’m a bit of a word geek and am very into spelling words correctly (so, when I misspell a word, it’s like I’ve lost an, albeit little, piece of my soul).  When I won the county spelling bee (I thought the winning word was jonquil – which I actually misspelled when originally writing this post! – but it turns out it was nimbus – I guess my Harry Potter addiction paid off!), I was very happy.  I felt on top of the world and very proud of the achievement my hard work had brought to me.  It sounds geeky to say, but it’s true…  I had always wanted to win that spelling bee as I didn’t make it that far in previous years.

I still get warm fuzzies when I think of the outpouring of support and encouragement from friends, family and the community from the time I won the county spelling bee to when I traveled to Topeka for the state spelling bee, where I ended up getting kicked out in the second or third round after misspelling patina, which is totally understandable because it should have an e.  🙂  I still find this ironic as my mother is into, for lack of a better word, old stuff.  I so should have gotten that word!  I studied a lot for the state spelling bee and was so nervous I almost made myself sick…  It’s amazing to think how seriously I used to take myself and my academic pursuits, and it’s even crazier to think about that time in my life.  I’ve changed so much since then (mostly for the better, I think), and it feels like a lifetime ago…

I couldn’t find the original article online, but here is a link to my uncle’s post on “the event”:  http://johntheblessed.wordpress.com/2007/02/04/bragging-on-my-nephew-and-brother-in-law/.  Thanks, Uncle John, for your kind words and keeping this post up so I could share it!

Share your proudest moment(s) in the comments below – I look forward to hearing what you have to share!

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