130 Heartfelt Moments Where People Shared What They Were Most Proud Of

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It’s always great to see how far you’ve come. Even if you can’t recognize what you’ve accomplished, someone else will. And they’ll be so thankful that they know you.

And Bored Panda has collected all the most heartwarming moments that people realized just how proud they felt of themselves or others. Ranging from small successes to huge achievements, it’s not so much about the end result itself. What matters most is seeing people work hard and put something on the line for what they believe in.

See all our picks here and vote for your favorites!

#1 My Mom’s An Antivaxxer, But I’m 19 Now And I’ve Gotten Myself All Caught Up On My Immunizations As Of Today

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#2 I Have Cerebral Palsy, Which Has Always Made It Difficult For Me To Run And Jog. Today, Despite My Disability, I Jogged 3km And I Couldn’t Be More Proud Of Myself

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#3 After 4 Years, 75 Rejections And 164 Days On Anxiety Medicine, I Published My First Fantasy Book

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#4 A Proud Look Of A Mother

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#5 Depression Hit Me Hard A Few Years Ago. I’m Finally Taking Steps To Fight It. It’s Not Perfect, But I Have My Room Back

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#6 My Husband Entered His First Art Competition And Won Second Place In People's Choice, I'm So Very Proud

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#7 Seeing A Wonderful Community Of Amputees As Of Late - This Is Mine! Lost To Cancer 2 Years Ago And Still Fighting Multiple Relapses. Very Proud Of How Far I've Come

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#8 Proud Dad Moment

We’re driving down s60th st near Morgan and my two sons aged 10 and 6 asked me to pull over because they just saw a guy in a wheelchair trying to shovel his corner lot and they wanted to help.

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#9 225,718 Tires Removed From Osborne Reef Off The Coast Of Florida. I Couldn't Be More Proud Of My Company

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#10 Proud Son

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#11 4 Years Painting And 1 Year Perfecting This Style, Very Proud Of These 2 Pieces

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#12 My Mom Has Been Protesting Nearly Every Day For Months In Her Rural Colorado Town. Proud Of Her

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#13 I Created A Dads And Daughters Hair Class To Help Other Fathers Learn About Doing Hair. So Proud Of These Dads For Stepping Up And Building A Better Bond With Their Daughters

We had a small class full of dads that learned basic brushing, ponytails, braids and buns. The turnout was great!

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#14 Same Mirror, But One Year Apart. Anorexia Recovery Has Been Hard But Seeing These Pictures Makes Me Proud Of How Far I've Come

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#15 After 7 Years Transitioning, My Husband Still Struggles With His Image. He Thinks He Doesn't Pass As A Man. But Look At That Beard. I Couldn't Be More Proud Of Him

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#16 A Proud Fatherly Moment

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#17 My Brother Was The First To Graduate With A Master's In My Family. My Dad Couldn't Stop Crying

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#18 In 2019 I Got Way Too Drunk At The Office Christmas Party And Bet My Coworker That I Would Spend 2020 Getting Fit. I Kept My Promise And Won The Bet. I Am Proud

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#19 I Wanted To Share My Super Talented 11-Year-Old Brother's Art. Super Proud Of Him And Love His Taste

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#20 My Husband Painted Flowers To Cheer Us Up During Lockdown (And I Took This Proud Pic)

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#21 Proud Of My Daughter. 10 Days Before Her Wedding She Became A Bone Marrow Match. Doing A Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation For A Leukemia Patient

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#22 My Friend Has Been Cleaning Up The Waters In Sweden Since April 2016

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#23 My Brother Just Self-Published A Children’s Book So His Daughter, Who Was Born With A Limb Difference, Could See Someone Like Her As The Hero Of A Story

I’m just so proud.

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#24 This Amazing Photoshoot Of My Uncle Joshua Along With All Of His Special Olympic Medals And His Very Proud Mother

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#25 The First Painting I Have Made Since I Quit Drinking 93 Days Ago. I Thought I Would Never Paint Again

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#26 I'm A Lone Dad That's Shaved My Head All My Life, I'm Learning How To Do Different Hairstyles For My Daughter With The Help Of Youtube Videos, I'm Proud Of This Plait

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#27 I Am Proud Because I Just Became A US Citizen. I Just Wanted To Celebrate With My Loyal Little Friend Whom I Found At My Patio Six Months Ago. She Made Me Be A Cat Lover

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#28 This Is My Mom. She's Been Working Up To 16-20 Hours A Day At A Nursing Home In Full PPE Because Someone Broke The Rules And Introduced Covid To The Residents

She may not be the best at selfies, but I'm damn proud of her.

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#29 Today At 28 Years Old, I Was Adopted By My Step Father Of 25 Years. He Took In My Mother, My Sister, And I. I Am Proud To Honor His Family Legacy

And boy did I put him through hell growing up. No matter the situation, he endured... And as I matured we grew closer and our relationship stronger.

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#30 My Daughter Earning Her Medal For 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. So Proud Of Her. Sadly, And Awesomely, She's Been Through More Books In Her Life Than I Have

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#31 This Is My Mom. She Spent The Past 23 Years At Home Raising 6 Kids. Her Only Personal Outlet Is Singing, And Today She Got Signed On As The Lead Singer In A Cover Band

It's never too late to reach those dreams and I'm so proud.

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#32 My Sweet Girl Is Cancer Free Today

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#33 I'm Really Proud Of This! My First Print

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#34 When I Was Born, The Doctors Told My Parents I Wasn't Supposed To Live To My First Birthday. This Is My Cardiologist And I; In A Month I Start My First Semester Of University

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#35 My Husband Reached 10,000 Days Of Sobriety, So We Threw Him A Surprise Party! He’s Amazing For So Many Reasons But Mostly For His Strength

When things would get particularly tough, he would say, “I’m going to be so proud of all those days I didn’t drink…” 

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#36 Went From Coma To Four Months Sober From Cocaine And Opiates, Proud Of Myself

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#37 Proud Moment For Me: My Movie Comes Out In Theaters Today. I Spent Every Day Since I Was 12 Waiting For Today

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#38 I Don’t Really Have Anyone To Share This With So I’ll Share It Here. My Little Ollie Graduated From Training Class Today And I Couldn’t Be More Proud Of This Very Good Boy

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#39 I Got To Marry My Best Friend And Love Yesterday. I’ve Never Been So Proud To Call Her My Wife. Plus, I Think We Make A Pretty Cute Family

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#40 My Dad, Earning His Bachelors Degree, At 62 Years Young. He Is So Happy And I Am So Proud

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#41 Ran My First 5k Yesterday. I Came In 22nd Out Of 300+. Puked At The Finish Line. Never Pushed Myself That Hard Before And I’m Really Proud

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#42 My Friend’s Older Daughter (6) Dressed Her Younger Daughter (1) For The Winter, And She’s Just So Proud Of Her Outfit

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#43 My 90-Year-Old Neighbor Hasn’t Walked Her Dog In Years So I Volunteered To Do It For Her. So Proud Of Buddy’s Weight Loss

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#44 Emmett’s Parents Told Him He Had To Earn Money For A New Bike Ended Up Starting A Successful Snow Cone Business Instead

A few months ago, we had a neighborhood yard sale and my son wanted to make some money to buy a bike. Granted, my wife and I could have simply bought him the bike, but we wanted to use this opportunity to teach him about work, money, and responsibility so we told him he would need to earn money to buy it. He got some old toys and stuffed animals together and put them out for sale but also wanted to sell hot dogs and lemonade. We agreed and got him all set up and he ended up making $70 that day. He made enough to get his bike. The next day, we happened to be walking around Sam’s Club and saw this snow cone machine. He asked if we could get that instead of the bike so he could start his own business and make more money. We took it home and the next Saturday we were out front selling snow cones to the neighborhood. This continued for the past two months now and business has been slowly growing. It isn’t easy for a six-year-old to commit to something like this every weekend, but he does it. I’m really proud of this kid.

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#45 My Mom Graduating With Her Phd In Social Work From Tulane. Her Goal Was To Graduate By 60 And She Did It With A Year To Spare. Super Proud Of Her

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#46 My Language Delayed Son Called Me Mommy For The First Time In Nearly 3.5 Years

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#47 My Wife's Incredible Weight Loss Journey, Words Cannot Possibly Describe How Proud I Am Of Her

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#48 My Dad, A Retired Salesman, Pursued His Dream And Published A Book. I’m Proud Of Him

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#49 My Wood Maps Won The British Cartographic Society Awards This Year. So Proud

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#50 He Guarded A Bird With Broken Wing Under My Truck For Four Days Before It Could Fly Off. Very Proud Of Him

Had to bring them both food and water because he refused to leave its side day and night.

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#51 My Dad Built This Entire Shed By Himself! He Started Building It In May And Finished In November. He Is Very Proud Of It

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#52 My Step-Daughter's Painting. She's Super Proud Of It

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#53 My Mom Found My Book In Her Local Library And I Can’t Get Over How Proud She Looks

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#54 My 6-Year-Old Daughter. She Sees What's On The News, We Explained What Happened To George Floyd And She Was Mortified. She Made A Sign And Is Doing Her Own Peaceful Protest

I am so proud!

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#55 My Gramma Has Gone Two Weeks Without Smoking A Single Cigarette

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#56 After Almost 2 Years Of Dealing With Traumas And Depression I Finally Got The Motivation To Clean My Room Entirely. It Almost Took 9 Hours. I'm Proud Of My Work

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#57 I Am Proud To Do My Part In Paying Forward Our Good Fortune With A Donation Of 6 Nintendo Switches And Games To Go With Them To The Children’s Minnesota Hospital

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#58 I Just Had To Share That I Am 13 Months Off Meth. I’m Proud Of Myself. Just Had To Share It With Someone

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#59 Proud Dad After Kid Nails It At Work

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#60 This Month I Graduated From College, Bought My First Car, Got Engaged, And I’m Now On My Way To Start An Internship With Nasa! This Is The Happiest I Think I’ve Ever Been

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#61 After Years Of Darkness Today Marks 12 Months Without Drinking. I Never Thought I Could, And I'm Proud Of Myself

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#62 Just Finished My Latest Pencil Drawing. Exhausted And Proud To Be Done With It. "Discomposure"-2020

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#63 My Dad And Brother Are Also In The GOC. Not Only Do They Help And Support Children That Have Been Abused, They Also Make Them Honorary Members

Staying with them through the entire court process and checking in on them after. I am so proud of my family.

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#64 Finally Became The Proud Owner Of This Beautiful Little Guy Yesterday. Always Wanted My Own Pet And I Finally Did It. One Of The Happiest Days Of My Life So Far

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#65 This Is My Dad. Since I Saw Him Last He Lost Both Of His Legs. This Is The First Time My Dad Has Stood Up Without Having Someone To Help Him, And I’m So Proud Of Him

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#66 My Grandfather Is So Proud Of His Cacti (I'm Pretty Proud Of Him)

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#67 Just Really Wanted To Show Off This Paint Job I Did Today. I'm Really Proud Of Myself On This One And I've Tried Showing A Few People And They Just Ignored The Message

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#68 Today I Hit A Massive Milestone. I Struggled With My Weight And Bipolar, Manic Depression And Anxiety All My Life

I'm still way off my target weight but today I ran my 1st ever 5k and it was in full sweats and thermals. I'm so proud of myself.

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#69 Today I Took My Dad To Costco To Buy A Laptop For Him, And The Costco Person Helping Us Recognized Him - He Was A Patient Of His When He Was A Kid (My Dad Is A Pediatrician)

We also encountered a second patient, who also went to him, while on we were waiting in line. Proud of the lives he touched.

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#70 Depression Was So Bad I Couldn't Do My Dishes For Months. Today Was The First Time Both My Sinks Have Been Clean Since March. I'm So Proud Of Myself

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#71 Dad Created Plasma In The Basement. He Has Been Working On It For A While And Is Quite Proud Of Himself

It is the 4th state of matter and is created under a vacuum with high voltage.

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#72 Gon' Jump On The 'New Citizenship' Train. You Are Looking At A Proud New Citizen Of Norway

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#73 200 To 123. I Have An Autoimmune Disorder, A Two-Year-Old And I’m 45 Years Old. I’m Pretty Proud Of This

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#74 It Has Taken 2 Years Since We Adopted Her, But Reba Has Dropped More Than Half Her Weight And I Couldn’t Be More Proud Of Her

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#75 I Want To Post This Here Because I'm Proud. But I'm Not Finished! 7 Months And 125lbs Down

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#76 My Daughter Is A CNA On The Frontlines Of Covid-19 I Am Super Proud Of Her

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#77 8 Years Ago, I Got Into Some Legal Trouble. I Struggled To Find Work, Going Through Over 30 Interviews. Today, All My Hard Work Paid Off When I Bought My First Car By Myself

I’m so proud of myself I just had to share.

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#78 As A Bald Man, I'm Very Proud Of My 2-Month-Old's Hair

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#79 I Made The Entire Charmander Evolution Set Out Of Yarn. Pretty Proud Of This One

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#80 My Dad Just Finished A 13200 Pc Puzzle And He's So Proud About It

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#81 Proud To Be Finished With This Pencil Drawing After Months Of Creative Block

The drawing depicts what it felt like to be debilitated by the huge need to create something.

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#82 My 4-Year-Old Was So Proud Of The Lunch He Packed For Me

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#83 3 Years Ago I Was Addicted To Drugs, Almost Homeless And Depressed. I Am Now A Proud Single Mom With An Amazing Job And Home

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#84 I Finally Published My First Novel After Years Of Half Finished Drafts And Editing. I Can't Remember The Last Time I Was This Proud Of Myself

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#85 My Beautiful Girlfriend Is An Avid Knitter And Just Finished Her First Sweater! I Am Unbelievably Proud Of Her And She Looks Gorgeous Sporting Her New Threads

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#86 Here's A Set Of Bowls I Made Recently That I'm Proud Of

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#87 This Week My Friends Cleaned The Local Beach From Garbage. I Am Very Proud Of Them. Hi From Russia

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#88 Progress At Work. Between Working The Trucks By Myself And Doing Backstock Every Night. I Am Starting To Get Things Under Control. I Am Really Proud Of Myself So Far

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#89 After 2 Years Of Racing My Boyfriend Finally Took 1st! His Is The Only 100% Owner Sponsored Car In Its Class

He has worked so hard for this and I could not be more proud and happy for him!

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#90 Holding Something I'm Really Proud Of

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#91 Big Brother Hugging His Lil Sister At Graduation Because He Is Proud And She Is Crying Because She Is So Happy

Today my daughter graduated from Pre-K. After the ceremony my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you” he said. Then of course my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy”. We are so blessed.

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#92 My Wife And I Just Bought Our First House

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#93 My Mother Undervalues Her Skills As An At Home Baker - I'm Extremely Proud Of Her Work

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#94 My Friend’s Dad Is Really Proud Of The Banana Tree He’s Been Growing. He’s 5’7 For Scale

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#95 My Dad (Left) Got His Art Displayed In Public For The First Time And I'm Super Proud Of Him

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#96 So Proud Of My Daughter For Making It This Far. I Want To Encourage Her As Much As Possible

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#97 My Grandpa Caught A Barracuda And Is Kinda Proud

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#98 A Year Apart From 320lbs To 200lbs - Big Changes For Me Over The Last Year, Pretty Proud

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#99 Proud Dad Moment For Him

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#100 My Daughter Won A Medal At The Special Olympics. There Was A Time Where Doctors Told Us She Wouldn't Survive Infancy. Very Happy Weekend

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#101 I Was Really Proud Of My Edge Today

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#102 I Recently Bought A Small Farm House That Needs A Lot Of Work. This Deck Was The First Big Construction Project, Built With The Help Of My Brothers, And I'm Really Proud Of It

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#103 Proud Of My 72-Year-Old Father. After 215 Hours, He Finally Beat His First Console Game Ever, The Legend Of Zelda, Breath Of The Wild

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#104 Kitchen Manager Made A Burger He Was Especially Proud Of And Asked Me To Take A Picture

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#105 Before And After, A Play Room For My Daughter, Felt Proud And Wanted To Share

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#106 It Took 3 Years, 6 Months And 18 Days But This Afternoon I Finally Taught My Dog How To Smile On Command. I'm So Proud

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#107 My Grandma Has Played Wii Fit Everyday For Over 10 Years

Wanted to update everyone that she has continued to play during the pandemic to stay fit. She is on to her 4784th day now! Very proud of her!

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#108 In My Wife's First Week Of Working In A New Hospital In California, She Has Volunteered To Care For Covid-19 Patients Like The Superhero She Is

I am so unbelievably proud of her and thankful to all who are deep in the trenches.

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#109 My Father Was In Law Enforcement For 40+ Years. My Sister Just Graduated From The Academy. So Proud Of Her

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#110 6 Years Ago I Decided That I Didn’t Like How Alcohol Was Making Me Feel, And It Was Time To Stop

I had 2 amazing kids, yet my evening glass of wine was the highlight of my day. The last 6 years haven’t been easy, but I’m really proud of myself that I have stayed alcohol-free for 6 whole years!

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#111 So Proud Of My Life-Saving Wife. Not Only Is She A Nurse Risking Her Life During This Pandemic But She Beat Coronavirus And Is Now Donating Plasma To Save Even More Lives

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#112 Being Proud Of Their Accomplishments And Embarrassing Them All With The Same Outfit

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#113 My 13-Year-Old Brother Saved Up Over $900 To Get The Gaming PC That He Wanted. I’m So Proud Of Him

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#114 I Participated In My First Craft Fair Today And I’m So Proud Of Myself

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#115 I Couldn't Be More Proud Of Her. After A Lot Of Blood Sweat And Tears, But Mostly Fun, My Mother Finished Her First Dark Souls Game

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#116 I'm A Teenage Circus Performer, I Did Something Recently I'm Kinda Proud Of

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#117 Today My Partner Completed Her 6th, And Last, Round Of Chemo. She Is Very Proud Of Herself! As Am I

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#118 My Proud Dad With His Basil Before We Made 3 Quarts Of Pesto

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#119 My Husband Just Finished Building His First PC And I Captured The Moment He Turned It On. This Is Pure, Authentic Joy And I Couldn't Be More Proud Of Him

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#120 My Old Man Retired As A 4-Star General After 40 Years In The Military Today. Proud And Glad He’s Done

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#121 Faced One Of My Few Fears Today, And Gave A Presentation To Dozens Of People About Steven Spielberg, Everyone Went Clapping And A Couple Of People Told Me I Was Amazing

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#122 My Husband Is So Proud Of His Little 80’s Arcade He Set Up In Our Basement

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#123 Very Proud Of My Wife Who Met Her Goal Of Donating Over 1000 Ounces (30 Liters) Of Breast Milk In Addition To Nursing Our Daughter

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#124 This Is My Mom. She Left On March 15 To New Jersey (We Live In Florida) For Two Months To Help Patients Ill With Coronavirus

She works 12 hours a day, about 5 days a week. She returns on the 18th this month. I am so proud of her.

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#125 Here Is My Wife Hard At Work On Her 75th Hat. Whenever She Has Time She Is Knitting Hats For Premature Babies In The NICU Where My Mom Works. Proud Of Her

I think it's amazing that I married someone who takes the time to make something for people going through some of the toughest hardships they may experience.

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#126 My Boyfriend Just Completed This IKEA Chair And Proudly Asked Me To Take A Picture Of Him Sitting On His Accomplishment

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#127 My Soon-To-Be Husband Back On A Skateboard For The First Time Since He Destroyed His Foot A Year Ago. It’s Been A Long Journey But He Made It. So Proud

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#128 My 75-Year-Old Dad Just Got His Dream Job Working Tpc Craig Ranch Golf Course As An Attendant. He Was So Proud Of His Uniform And The Fact He Gets A Hot Lunch

It’s his first hourly position since he was a teenager. Look how happy he looks.

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#129 My Parents Started A Family Card Game Business A Decade Ago. Here's My Dad Today Next To The Latest Shipment Of Games. Proud To Be The Son Of Parents Who Dared To Dream

A lot of people, including friends and family, thought they were nuts. 

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#130 My Mother, Who I Barely See Due To College, Decided To Come Up For My 20th. She Also Never Played A Video Game In Her Life, And Beat Me And Some CPUs At Mario Party

I just couldn't help but feel happy and proud for her when she won.

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