A Source of Pride (& Prejudice)

"Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart." 

Recently, I prepared answers for commonly asked questions in job interviews. And, there was one that really stumped me :  What achievement are you most proud of, in the last 6 months?

If I had just graduated college this would be easy : my thesis, charity work, even my diploma. 
But, since graduation the victories have been ... smaller.

My answer was that I'm most proud of finishing Pride and Prejudice.
I had been on a reading rampage after returning from South America, and I might have been a bit over ambitious (I believe my exact words were "I can read anything!"). I wanted to read more classic literature, since my boyfriend gives me a hard time about reading Chick-Lit and books staring a teenage wizard fighting the dark lord.

So I bought the pretty Penguin Classics version, to motivate myself, and it took me nearly 4 months to read the first one hundred pages. I fell asleep reading it on the bus. Twice. 

Things started moving when I finally figured out the difference between Mr. Bingley and Mr. Bennett. And, it was all worth it for Darcy and Elizabeth's big moment.

"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you"

I actually squealed! It's reminded me about how rewarding it is to stick with something until the end. I think they call that "accomplishment."

What have you done in the last 6 months that makes you proud?
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5 comments:

  1. Today I took up the carpet in the dining room - now my muscles have that pleasant "I've just accomplished something" ache.

    Love your blog - adding it to my Bloglovin!

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  2. I have the Penguin Classics version of P&P, too. I love that book :) And it's more fun reading it with such a beautiful cover!

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  3. I moved to a place where I knew no one, and somehow in 6 months have found myself at home within a a small community. I am proud of myself for sticking through the hard parts of the journey, in order to reap the beautiful rewards.

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  4. I am so proud of you! Hooray! One of my favorite lines:

    "How shall I bear so much happiness?"
    -elizabeth bennett

    Maybe one day we will all feel this way...

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  5. Erin wow! you definitely get the trump card with manual labor. You are awesome.

    Molly I'm not going to lie, if it wasn't for the pretty cover I probably would have quit. I agree, it makes all the difference!

    Lindsey That is truly something to be proud of! Homesickness can be a hard thing to shake. I really think 6 months is the magic number anywhere - it was definitely the turning point for me when I went away to college.

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