by Emily, PLA Team leader
I’ve got a new way of doing business, when it comes to my life. I’ve taken out an insurance policy against my personal well-being.
Life can get crazy. Between all the different evaluations, some of which play to my strengths, and others that don’t., some that are academic in nature, and some that reflect instead on my personal development, it’s hard to stay confident in who I am.
So, I put my foot down and bought myself some insurance. Like car insurance, I wanted something that I could contribute to regularly, and draw on for a major boost, when required.
Consequently, I marched myself down to Indigo and purchased a bright purple, leather notebook, on sale for $5. And then I started paying into my policy.
Each night, I write down 5 things that I am proud of that I did that day. Clearly, it’s not always big wins every day, and not all from one discipline. Case in point, today’s list was:
1. Got up early to go to the gym, even though I didn’t want to go
2. Made oatmeal from scratch without burning the pot like yesterday [housemates greatly appreciated this one….]
3. Helped an exchange student with an assignment
4. Did better than I was expecting on an assignment
5. Called my grandmother, just because
Now, when I need a payout, when I need a reminder that I am not defined by that one test, that one conversation with a housemate. That I am not the judgements made at the gym or the number on the page, I open up the purple book and look at everything else I’ve done that I’m proud of.
An instant insurance policy that, unlike car insurance, did not cost an arm and a leg. Only 5 minutes a day for instant injections of self-confidence.