When I made it to my first work anniversary I took my parents out to eat and raised a glass to them. I thanked them for everything they had done so I could have a better life. My intent was to celebrate them because I credited them for all my accomplishments. However, my mom paused halfway through our celebration and said that she and dad had only laid the foundation. “You did all the work, mija. Those long nights studying and preparing for your interviews. Don’t dismiss your sweat and tears.”
My mom, as is most often the case, was absolutely right! I’ve just never been one to celebrate my wins. But, this June 27th I’m pausing to say, “thank you, Viry!” Last year I came really close to quitting and there came a point where I did not think I would get to today. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes, because I’m so dang proud of my resilience.
More than anything I’m proud of the person I’m becoming. Last year I was scared, insecure, and willing to silence my voice in order to belong. Not anymore. Despite the challenges I’ve faced I’m finding my footing in my authenticity.
And so, I’m going to listen to my momma and acknowledge the sweat and tears it took to get here. I know there is still so much more to come and I’m feeling stronger than ever to push through.
Thankful for my creativity.
Thankful for my determination.
Thankful for all the late hours.
Thankful for the learnings.
Thankful for the laughs.
Thankful for the tears.
Thankful for the new friends (and the old ones).
Thankful for the challenges.
Thankful for my resilience.
Cheers to another 4 years 🙂
All thoughts here are my own and not representative of my employer.