The difference is astounding.

Yesterday, I walked into my cube at an office I hadn’t been to since the first week of April.

Six months have passed.

And the difference is astounding.

I actually felt sort of dumbstruck.

And then I felt sad.

Sad because of how much confidence I lacked, how badly I felt about myself and how confused I was as to why I was feeling that way.

And then I felt pride.

Pride because I’ve made it through almost a full year at my new job and I am finally feeling like I belong here, like I am capable and like I am just going to continue to grow.

Pride because my pants fit (and a size 4 no less!!) and I don’t feel like I am hiding behind billowy clothes and denying that maybe it’s not mental, maybe I did gain a few pounds this year.

Pride because I have been challenging myself for 5 months since the barre n9ne 60 day challenge began and loving every minute of every day almost entirely because of what this challenge has done for me and what I’ve proven I am capable of (finally getting past the ‘going halfway then stopping’ mentality).

And pride because my relationship with M is as strong and as full as it has ever been. And knowing that in about 26 hours, I will be stepping through the doors of OUR home makes my heart overwhelmingly happy.

The difference I feel is astounding.

I can’t even properly put it into words, but more than ever, I am feeling like the culmination of almost a year of ‘being uncomfortable,’ of being challenged, is coming to a head, and I am firmly planted right where I am meant to be, in just about every aspect of my life. That feeling is incredible. And also begs the question…what’s next? Where to go from here? The wheels are churning. 

For now, I’ll hold tight to the feeling and harness it for where I go…in the year of 32!





29 thoughts on “The difference is astounding.

  1. Sis, I am BEAMING with pride reading this post. You are indeed right where you need to be, in every area of your life. And I LOVE that for you. My one request? To harness that pride and that confidence and carry it home with you on that plane. Do not let your very strong overthinking self let you cast a shadow of doubt on your confidence and self-worth ever again; you are worth it. Don’t ever give up on YOU again sis, ok?? love you!

    1. Aww 🙂 Glad you liked reading it sis! And yes, I will try my best to abide by said request, because you’re right, my overthinking ways do me in far more than I’d like! Love you too.

  2. I love this post, jobo! You are so where you’re meant to be and where you’ve CHALLENGED yourself to be!! You’ve also made these decisions and stuck to them, no matter how frightened and unsure you were. You made this new YOU that you’re so astounded by! I’m very proud to have witnessed this, even from here, to see how your confidence has grown and how much you shine. And, best of all, you’re ALLOWING yourself to shine, no holds barred! (pun intended!)

    Yay!!! 🙂

    1. Can I kiss you? That was such a sweet, heartfelt comment, I don’t even know what else to say but that…and thank you. For being you and supporting me virtually from day one 🙂 XOXO

  3. You do sound completely happy…that kind of happy one only has when life is balanced AND said balanced person makes an effort each day to remain so. 🙂

  4. i love this! this is totally the other side of the bad pride i was talking about the other night. this is that take-no-prisoners, leave-it-all-on-the-field SWAGGER that comes from knowing how well you’ve done. rock on, sister. 🙂

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