Aly's Angle: Admitting to the things I am proud of


  Aly SimonsThis was a very touching goal, as I watched the Be BETTER women challenge themselves to come up with five traits they are proud of. For me, the hard part was writing them down and acknowledging them out loud. To tell someone what you are proud of seems to me to show a lack of humility. I didn't think I would feel that way; I was surprised when I started to tell someone what I was proud of and got a little shy about it.  The coolest thing was watching women say out loud what they are proud of because you can see them own it.  Write these traits down and own them!


OK, below are the five things I am proud of. Why do I find it so hard to say these things aloud? Perhaps it’s because they are so special for me that I want to keep them to myself.


  1. My mind goes a mile a minute, and I love learning new things.
  2. I have a teacher’s mind that figures out ways to break apart big topics to create little teaching moments
  3. I choose happiness in my life (this has not always been the case; I used to sabotage my happiness)
  4. I am introspective
  5. I embrace my spiritual and religious journey through life.


To everyone else, these things I’m proud of might appear blah. To me, they are some of the most special components of who I am. Most of them started as weaknesses and required work to become strengths. That’s especially true of No.1 and No. 3.