Okay, y’all, I’ve kind of been procrastinating about participating in this challenge. Making a list of things I like about myself is sort of cringe-inducing.  If you know me in real life, you know that I have a pretty high opinion of myself in several areas.  But years of being in the spotlight as a child (for being a precocious spelling champ) led me to shrink away from the spotlight as I grew older.  And I’ve also always felt it’s rude and obnoxious to brag about oneself.

But I promised I’d do it.  And in the interests of promoting the idea that we should all spend more time loving ourselves and less time thinking about how inadequate we are (which I also do), here goes:


1.  I can make quick decisions.  I can pick out birthday cards in seconds.  If I really decide on a course of action (as opposed to just letting things happen) I don’t usually look back and second-guess myself.

2.  I am good at saving money.  I comparison shop, use savings cards, and irritate people at the grocery store with my wad of coupons.  I impress cashiers.

3.  I can accomplish amazing amounts of things in a short amount of time.  It’s kind of like a super power.  In college I could write two five page papers in three hours, and get A’s on both of them (drove my best friend crazy!).  I can whip out a grant proposal in one evening.  I can make 30 pies from scratch in a couple of days.  I hear a lot of this:  “You are finished already?”

4.  I write well. Or so I’m told. 🙂

5.  I am smart.  This is important to me.  When college was over I remember feeling a little lost because I would no longer be receiving grades.  I wondered how people would be able to tell that I was smart.  I wanted to make sure that they knew this about me.  So just in case you missed it, go back to the beginning of this entry.

6.  I can sing.  I love to sing, any time, anywhere.  I have a habit of bursting into song randomly, and often with lyrics that are appropriate to the conversation at hand. I sang in one of the Mass choirs in college, but have been too busy corralling small children during Mass to join as an adult.  Maybe some day.

7.  I can act.  I loved drama in high school, was too intimidated to join in while in college, and made my triumphant return to the stage last summer by a fluke.  I doubt that I will do anything further about this, but who knows.

8.  It is more important to me that I like me than that other people like me.

9.  I use my intelligence and my writing talents to attempt to inform others about the issues that matter to me.

10.  My faith is strong and central to my life.

Ten seems like a good number, so I will stop there.  I need to save something for next year!

If you blog and want to join in the challenge, click the link above–you have until midnight tonight.  If you don’t blog, or it’s too late, tell me in the comments what you like about YOU.


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