Sunday, August 18, 2013

And now I am me.

Day 16: What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

I've thought for the longest time about what my greatest accomplishments could be.  I never really came up with a definite answer.

The things that are most important to me right now in my life aren't necessarily accomplishments; they certainly aren't things I would put in a list.  So I'm going to list five things I've accomplished.  Whether or not they're actually my five greatest, I have no idea.

1.) Over Christmas break of my junior year in high school, I wrote a nonfiction book called Set Apart that challenged youth to live fully for Christ.  Looking back through the pages, my writing was amateur and simple, but speaking out about my faith encouraged me so much as a young adult.  I printed a few hundred copies and sold them to raise money to buy mosquito nets for kids in Africa.  I even got to have a couple of book signings in my hometown.  It was so much fun and a good learning experience for me. 
2.) When I was sixteen, I wrote a novel called Before You.  It won a contest of sorts and was reviewed by Harper Collins editors.  This accomplishment was thrilling to me at the time.

3.) I am a full-time student at the university of my dreams.

4.) When I was about eleven, I was asked by an author to attend a creative writing class at West Texas A&M University.  She was so kind to me.  I was even allowed to join her at one of her book signings.  I signed a few copies of a book I didn't write as "future author," haha!  I did come out of that class with a lot learned about writing, but most of all, having that experience helped me to blossom as someone who loved to write.

5.) Several years ago, I got to spend nearly a month in Europe as a student ambassador.  This trip was so special.  I had the opportunity to do amazing things.  I was only in middle school, so this journey spurred on much of my love for travel.  Since then, I've been to multiple countries.  The Lord has cultivated in me a heart for the nations.

What are 5 of your greatest accomplishments?  Or better yet, what are 5 experiences in your life that have helped make you the person you are today?

One year ago: Love is Shining
Two years ago: My dog is evil!

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