6 Things My 10 Year Old Self Would Be Proud Of

proud to marry the one

I have often thought about if I could go back in time what sorts of things would I share with my younger self.

Perhaps even things that I would warn myself, in an attempt to self-prepare .

But then the other evening I heard a very interesting statement on a TV advert: ‘What would your ten year old self be proud of if they saw you today?’

This turned the whole concept of communication with your younger self on its head. Sam and I looked at each other and instantly said, “Blog post!” Great minds think alike and all that.

Well it erupted into a very interesting discussion as the two of us tidied up, put clothes away and generally prepared ourselves for bed and the following working week.

Below, are my ‘proud of me’ moments that I would thoroughly enjoy telling my ten year old self about. I hope that the young Donna would be proud of me in return!

Proud Of Me Moment 1: Going to University

I know full well that going to university isn’t for everyone. For a long time I didn’t think it was for me either.

But, it did happen for me, in the end, and I am glad it did.

I learnt many valuable life lessons, including basically how to survive on your own.

Pre smart phones as well I might add – my mobile phone contract was awful at times, but it was the main way of staying in contact with family and friends back at home.

proud to have graduated

Proud Of Me Moment 2: Flying By Myself

I’ve only flown by myself once. AsΒ a teenagerΒ I took a plane on my own from London Heathrow to South Africa.

It was a very long flight however I got to sit next to the loveliest couple who were happy to share sweets and the odd conversation here and there between films.

The 10-year-old Donna would be mightily impressed!

proud to have flown alone

Proud Of Me Moment 3: Surviving the Teenage Years

At ten years old the thought of being a teenager and going through the whole secondary school thing was a really, really big deal.

Of course I was worried about all things to do with being a teenager.

I needn’t have worried.

There were plenty of blips, bumps and occasional hiccups along the way, but generally the ride was interesting, rewarding with just the right amount of hormonal roller coasters.

Proud Of Me Moment 4: Buying A House

I admit there are still days when I sit at home, look around me and think, ‘wow’. Here I am old enough to own a house and have a mortgage. Where on earth did I learn to be a home owner?

Truth be told, I don’t think we ever learn. It just happens.

Somewhere along the line, the years of parental advice trickle in and get lodged in the grey matter.

Obviously there are lots of places to go to for advice, such as parents, other family members and friends.

But when it came down to it, it was Sam and I who did the viewings.

Sam and I did the phone calls, letter writing, email sending and attending meetings.

One day, we were renting from family and the next, we had signed on the dotted line as home owners.

I shall never forget the day we just sat on the floor in our new sitting room, looking at each other, silently shouting, what on earth do we do now?!

proud to be a home owner

Proud Of Me Moment 5: Still Loving Things I Did As A Child

I don’t think I have ever met a bigger fan of Disney than me.

Song lyrics, quoting films you name it.

Things that I love from my childhood thankfully are still very much with me.

You put a Barbie and hairbrush in my hand and I’ll still plait her hair.

Give me a colouring book and pencils and I’ll colour in for hours.

I can still recite the entire story of the famous and well loved children’s book ‘Peepo!’

I love the fact that I am still and will continue to be very much in touch with my childhood – I do think being a Primary school teacher helps a bit.

proud to still colour in

Proud Of Me Moment 6: Finding The One

I met Sam on the 13th March 2009.

I had turned up as a supply teacher for one day and I am still there now.

We didn’t get officially together until the December of 2010, but had become very good friends before then.

I am in the worse job possible to meet men – or so I thought! In a career that is so very heavily female populated I didn’t think I stood a chance in meeting anyone for a very long time.

But Sam and I had many connections.

It turned out that I went to school with his sister. His youngest sister went to school with my brother.

And so the twists, turns and connections continued.

How on earth we didn’t know of each other, I don’t know. But needless to say, the Christmas of 2010 was pretty damn awesome.

Oh, and indeed we were the complete talk of the school. For ages!

You can imagine the fuss when it emerged we were engaged.

Pretty amazing actually.

proud to marry the one


So there we are. Fingers crossed the 10-year-old Donna would look at the adult Donna with pride!

What about you?

What things would your 10 year old self be super proud of if they could know about the things you had achieved?




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  • Debbie
    April 30, 2017 at 10:19 am

    This is a lovely post Donna and I’m sure your 10 year old self would be just as proud of you too. Congrats!

    • Donna
      April 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Aw thanks 😊 My adult self recognises that achievements also come in a variety of sizes and shapes, many of which seem huge to children. I always get reminded of this when I talk to my class about things I have done and they are so impressed when in my head it doesn’t seem that big a deal.

  • Melissa
    April 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    My 10 year old self would be over the moon at my master’s degree! Education was always a big deal, coming from parents who were only able to go so far… She’d also be proud that I love to fly solo. I prefer it actually. πŸ™‚

  • Donna
    April 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Such fab achievements 😊 I do wish I could fly solo – I’ve never been able to do it again.

  • Becca @ The Married Cat Lady
    April 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Love this post– I’ve been thinking about doing a similar one. Definitely adding it to the list after reading yours! πŸ™‚

    • Donna
      April 30, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      I really enjoyed doing this one and it’s a good conversation to have as well 😊 I look forward to reading yours

  • Mel
    April 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Such a great blog post idea! Loved reading what you choose as well. Pretty sure your 10 year old self would be pretty chuffed!

    • Donna
      April 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you! 😊

  • Donna
    April 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I really enjoyed doing this one and it’s a good conversation to have as well 😊 I look forward to reading yours

  • Josy A
    May 1, 2017 at 6:41 am

    This is such a lovely post! Go you (and 10 year old you!!)

    I think 10 year old me would be impressed that I learnt to speak Japanese/ lived there for a few years. I hadn’t even started learning French when I was 10, so I wouldn’t even imagine the old version of me could attempt to live on the other side of the planet!!

    • Donna
      May 1, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Wow! That’s amazing!! Great achievements πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š I’d love to learn another language properly. My any aged self would be amazed if I did that! πŸ˜‚

  • Ritu
    July 9, 2017 at 7:28 am

    This is great! I think my 10 year old self would definitely be proud of the fact that I actually did become a teacher, since it was a dream of mine since I was 7! Oh, and that I got married, became a mum, and got my own house!
    And FYI I am also a Disney freak and kids movies are the best, even as a 41 year old!!!!

    • Donna
      July 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Damn right Disney is the best. I can beat everyone at Disney related games and quizzes! My mum was convinced I would be a teacher right from the start…. perhaps the bossiness gave it away!! πŸ™‚

  • Diam
    July 9, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I enjoyed this. It was kinda nostalgic and reflective. I can agree with almost all of these. I think my 10 year old self would really love the fact that I stil enjoy a lot of the things I did as a child. Nice trip down memory lane. It also showed me how far I have came. Thanks!

    • Donna
      July 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Good ol’ nostalgia

  • Linda @ Circle of Daydreams
    July 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I love, love, love number 5!! I still focus on making sure my inner child is kept happy! The flying one however…. I’m working on it. I have a flying phobia, so at 51, I’ve still never flown overseas and traveled. I’ve been on shorter flights though… but always with someone!

    • Donna
      July 9, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      It’s great to keep your inner child happy πŸ™‚ and well done on even doing shorter flights. Flying is a huge deal – I don’t like it either, and have got soooo much worse as I’ve got older. You never know, but keeping positive and doing those short flights even is such an achievement. So many people wouldn’t even do that.

  • Gill
    July 9, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Lovely post. Think my 10 year old self would be proud of me moving to Singapore and staying for three years when I was only 20 and fairly newly married.

    • Donna
      October 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Wow! def something to be proud of!

  • Phil Taylor
    September 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Great post! I love these types of look backs or letters to ourselves. It’s nice to see how we’ve grown because we so rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve. Also, you did a brilliant job of choosing the perfect photos for this.

    • Donna
      October 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚ I agree, it’s interesting to see how far we have come

  • Anna Mamwell
    September 3, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Really positive, uplifting post and great example of self care, thank you!

    • Donna
      October 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚