It’s not every day that your hard work is acknowledged, especially by your peers.
Tonight, I was honored to receive three awards from the Native American Journalist Association for articles I wrote last year.
While I’d like to say that I’m this awesome person that truly deserves an award, I know there are better writers out there that deserve it more than me.
Daily, my husband tells me he is proud of me and I’m so lucky to have someone that makes me better with everything I do. Many times I don’t recognize what he is proud of me for, but as a pessimistic person, it is nice to have someone who has seen me at my worst and helps to pick me up because he knows I can do better.
When we were stunt partners in college (Ya, I married a male cheerleader. What of it?), I always knew that he would tell me what I needed to hear to strive for perfection. The minimum was never acceptable.
It wasn’t always easy, and I left several practices ready to punch him in the face. I didn’t, and I’m grateful because I would never have accomplished half of what I have without him.
Our goal to push each other to success was the basis for a beautiful friendship and love that grew into a marriage as the years developed. If it weren’t for him, I would’ve given up on writing and finding a career that I truly love.
He always encouraged me to do what I loved and that he would do whatever it took to help me get there. There are days that he has to set me straight and remind me that I’m capable of much more. There are days he has to hold me together when my world is falling apart. There are days he brags on me for something I see as so insignificant.
When they announced the awards this year, I was proud of my accomplishment but I think he was more excited than me. He’s my biggest fan, and I can’t thank him enough for choosing to stick by my side through thick and thin.
I know I have a husband, friend and coach that will hold me accountable for being stupid and will let me know when it’s time to celebrate.
I’ve included links to the stories I received awards for below, but I have to say that Husband of the Year can go to no other but my hubs.
Without him, I wouldn’t be an award winning journalist.