Five years ago, I participated in an exercise in which bloggers were challenged to post a list of what they liked about themselves. The premise was that most women are a lot better at self-criticism than self-praise, that we are always focused on the ways in which we don’t measure up rather than on how we excel.
The originator of that challenge, Elena Sonnino, decided that this year would be a good time to reboot it. So I’ve had to come up with a new list to share. I’ve decided five makes a nice round number that is manageable with today’s writing schedule, so without further ado:
- I like the strength of my body. I’ve given birth to five children, including my 13 pound 5 ounce son who was born vaginally after three C-sections (which is a major abdominal surgery, not a walk in the park). I hiked all 40 miles of the Urban Wilderness trails. I work in the garden, I lift weights, I can move heavy boxes.
- I am awesome legal assistant to my husband. I write killer legal pleadings, research law, and run the office. Other than the guidance I nave received from him by asking questions and reviewing the pleadings he had written in the past, I’m completely self-taught.
- I am fluent in computers and social media. I may not be able to turn on the television, but even my adult kids have been known to ask me to figure out why their laptops aren’t running smoothly. I am active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. I even have a Snapchat but I may have hit a wall on that. 😉
- I am an excellent advocate for my children. I am not afraid to be That Mom, in fact at this point I am used to it. I go to every meeting and conference (and after 21 years of kids in school that adds up to a scary amount). I have an intimidating binder to carry to IEP meetings. I’m not afraid to ask pointed questions, send emails, go over people’s heads, and let school personnel know I’ve done my research–or to be completely honest, even when I am afraid I don’t let it stop me.
- I’m a good cook. I enjoy preparing Blue Apron dinners but in everyday life I don’t need recipes. I am a champion pie baker and my birthday cakes are legendary. I have that natural ability to combine ingredients in my head to improvise meals–and John says those meals are the best ones.
Wow, that sounds like a lot of bragging! I think I will stop at five this go round.
Now, another thing I know is that YOU have gifts also. Even if you aren’t used to thinking about them! In fact, if it’s hard for you to come up with your own list, or if it makes you feel uncomfortable, that’s all the more reason you should do it. Write your own list! Post it on your blog, or Facebook or Instagram if you aren’t a blogger. And if you do it, link it up right here.