Proudest Moments Of 2015 From 19 People Around The World

Sonya Matejko is a writer who is vibrantly falling in love with life in NYC and around the world. Her writing is featured on a variety of high-profile platforms and niche blogs. Her most popular article has been shared over half a million times on Facebook alone. Sonya writes about the dating world as well as traveling the world. She founded her blog, Single Strides, as a home for hopeless romantics and wanderlusts. She believes passionately in love even if she hasn’t quite gotten it right just yet. Sonya steals lunch breaks and midnights to do all of this on the side of her full-time advertising career with the goal of inspiring others to believe in love and to believe in themselves.

At the end of last year I thanked a lot of people for 2014. Now, for the end of 2015, I wanted to highlight other people’s accomplishments in that year.

I’ve been collecting moments from strangers across the globe by asking them:

What is your single proudest moment in 2015?

Below you will find a beautiful collection of quotes from people of all ages around the world on their single proudest stride this year.

Let’s celebrate all of these fantastic human beings and their equally amazing accomplishments! I hope 2016 brings everyone even greater joy and success than the one we just left behind.

“My proudest moment as a single woman is putting the needs of my son over my feelings for his father.”

– Nikki | 25 | Georgia, United States | Website: Mommy My Way


“My proudest moment as a (newly) single woman is learning how to love and value myself above anyone else and step out of my comfort zone.”

– Savannah | 19 | North Carolina, United States | Website: Always, S – A Lifestyle Blog


“My proudest moment as a single woman is when I finally realized that I don’t need someone to make me happy, I have found happiness within.”

– Shayla | Des Moines, Iowa | Website: Black Peach Tea


“My proudest moment as a single girl is being brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve and tell people how I feel.”

– Megan | 19 | New Zealand | Website: Apron Strings and Sticky Fingers


“Being single doesn’t make you a loner. You have your lovely friends surrounded by you, [and] you slowly start to discover and love yourself.”

– Sofia | 19 | Helsinki, Finland


“Well, my proudest moment of being a single woman is to discover self love and be a high value woman. Because, the greatest relationship you can have is with yourself :’)”

– Neha | 22 | Mauritius | Website: DigiSocial Hub


Specifically, as a single woman, I think my proudest moment was when, in the depths of my pain at having been brushed off and insulted by someone I truly loved, I chose not to hate him. I took all the hurt and the confusion and I shared it with a woman who had declared her love for me without any explanation whatsoever. In doing so, I managed to turn a hurt that felt like it could kill me into a sense of dumbfounded awe at my own worthiness to be loved, and a renewed determination to share my love with those who truly wanted it.

– Pinkie | 32 | Tokyo


“I couldn’t pick a best and proudest moment from 2015, but while I tried to pick one of many moments, I realized that all of these pointed to the same things. I am proud that in the past year, despite every struggle I managed to stay true to my principles, I stayed true to myself, and I can hold my head up high. I think that all these challenges brought me closer to my faith, to my best self, and I am happy to try every day to be a Godly woman.”

– Vanda | 35 | London, United Kindgom


I would have to say getting an email stating, ‘Congratulations, your graduation date is May 15, 2016.’ This was the result of over three years of very hard work.

– Iman | 25 | Georgia, United States | Website: Single Mom, What a Life!


“A few months ago, in a conversation with some friends, I declared that dating felt like shopping for a car I don’t need. I’m fully content [with] being single, so why do we drag ourselves through awkward meet-ups with strangers and try to (briefly) integrate someone new into our life before we drop them and go back to the life we were happy with to begin with?”

– Cazey | 24 | Virginia, United States  | AsToldOverBrunch


“My proudest moment in 2015 was when a cab driver asked me where I was from, and without even realizing it I proceeded to have an entire conversation with him in Korean. When I got out of the car that day, it occurred to me that I had finally learned enough of this language to communicate effortlessly with the people around me. It was one of the countless priceless memories from my time in Korea that I’ll take home with me and treasure forever.”

– Ashley | 24 | Seoul, South Korea | Love Letters: Seoul


“My proudest moment this year was my son’s high school graduation. Twelve years of nagging him to do his homework, to go to bed early, to wake up, eat his breakfast, and get him to school on time paid off!”

– Maria | 49 | Miami, Florida | Website: Foodlvr


“My proudest moment of 2015 was getting married. Everyone thought it would never happen, because I am just too independent and self-sufficient! So in June of this year, I finally placed all that aside, and combined futures with my husband. It is a huge move, and a scary one! But I am proud of the commitment we made to each other! I am still independent and self-sufficient, just in a very different way!”

– Jessica | 27 | Ohio, United States | Website: My Peace Love Life


My single proudest moment of 2015 was being able to have a new home built for our family.

– Clarissa | 35 | Pennsylvania, United States | Website: Clarissa Explains It All


When I was at a family function recently and the normal question of, ‘Why are you still single?’ was replaced with, ‘How’s your new job?’ and ‘Your blog’s really taking off lately, right?’ I think the changing narrative is refreshing and validates a lot of the hard work I’ve put into two endeavors in my life that mean the most to me, and less weight on the fact that I’m single. They were proud of me making career advancements, which is what I’ve always valued of myself.

– Sara | 24 | Virginia, United States | AsToldOverBrunch


“This year I had a short story published in an anthology. I never thought I would see my words in print form, in a book, that I could hold in my hands. Dream come true.”

– Kerry | 31 | Ontario, Canada


“The past few years have challenged me and really pushed me to find myself. Altogether, 2015 has proved to be my proudest moment(s) as I’ve never looked back on a year feeling so satisfied with what I’ve achieved, or proud of who I’ve become.”

– Jennifer | 24 | Toronto, Ontario | Website: Young and Twenty


“I paid off the car I lived in while homeless. Got car new in ‘09, homeless ‘09-’12, so paying off is big. Already looking for new one.”

– Gregory | 40 | St. Cloud, Minnesota


“I work as an English teacher and I got an email from one of my students thanking me for all of my hard work. They told me how happy they were that I was their teacher because they felt that they learned so much from me, and now felt confident speaking. It definitely brought a huge smile to my face!”

Anna | 28 | Germany (originally USA) | Website: Absolutely Anna


Thank you to everyone who shared their strides, but it’s not too late to participate! Tell us below in the comments section:

What are your proudest moments of this year?

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