A List of Things I’m Good At

The past couple of years have been some of the hardest in my life.  At times, I lost my confidence.  A while back, I was a part of a writing group that went through a book about journaling. One of the methods in the book was list writing. One of the members of the group wrote a list of 100 things she is good at and I loved it.   In my journey to help restore my confidence, I decided to do the same.  As I got started I wrote and wrote reminding myself of things big and small that I am good at.  It was a healing experience.  I ended up with a list of 150 things.  If you are feeling beat down by life and discouraged, I would really recommend writing a list like this. Choose to be thankful for the things you succeed at if you feel like you are failing.  Here’s my list— with a couple that I didn’t think were blog-worthy edited out.  Some are almost identical to others because the book we read encouraged us to just go as quickly as possible without thinking too much about it or worrying about repeating ourselves.

  1. Making coffee
  2. Drinking coffee
  3. Having guests
  4. Learning languages
  5. Showing up for life
  6. Running
  7. Being consistent
  8. Praying
  9. Being a big sister
  10. Hiking
  11. Yoga
  12. Evening walks
  13. Talking about feelings
  14. Sensing if people are having a bad day
  15. Cooking for a crowd
  16. Writing newsletters quickly
  17. Being honest
  18. Being sassy
  19. Standardized tests
  20. Side crow
  21. Head stands
  22. Dancing in the kitchen
  23. Being goofy
  24. Not dying in Nairobi traffic
  25. Making great friends
  26. Dance parties and playing with Mikayla
  27. Making funny faces — especially at children
  28. Not quitting when things get hard
  29. Being respectful and nonjudgemental of people with different beliefs
  30. Driving in the rain
  31. Entering into other’s emotions
  32. Enjoying people
  33. Speaking truth/encouraging people
  34. Helping people belong
  35. Eating large amounts of food
  36. Making chicken parmesan
  37. Making lasagna
  38. Studying the Bible
  39. Applying the Bible to my life
  40. Hospitality
  41. Being myself (not changing for other people)
  42. Letting people in
  43. Not stopping— when running
  44. Doing things even when I’m scared
  45. Getting people to help me carry things
  46. Making mini deep dish pizzas
  47. Eating entire (non mini) pizzas
  48. Doing my makeup
  49. Consulting for NGOs
  50. Public speaking
  51. Hosting Thanksgiving
  52. Celebrating
  53. Sitting on my couch
  54. Crafting
  55. Decorating
  56. Making my house a home
  57. Figuring out what I need
  58. Making bad situations better
  59. Realizing when I can’t change things and going with the flow
  60. Giving advice
  61. Flying standby
  62. Going through airport security
  63. Painting nails
  64. Being uncomfortable
  65. Showing up to class
  66. Roasting chickens
  67. Lighting the stove with a match
  68. Having scented candles
  69. Drinking “sleepy time” tea
  70. Going places alone
  71. Exploring
  72. First dates
  73. Knowing what I want
  74. Making boundaries
  75. Not compromising on convictions
  76. Not paying bribes
  77. Discernment
  78. Trusting people
  79. Taking one more step—literally and figuratively
  80. Living in Africa
  81. Enjoying living in Africa
  82. Doing difficult things
  83. Soccer
  84. Being sporty
  85. Being the first person on the dance floor
  86. Not minding being different
  87. Facebook stalking
  88. Research
  89. Reading compulsively
  90. Being in libraries
  91. Administrative work
  92. Staying focused
  93. Making goals
  94. Saving money
  95. Knowing about Roth IRAs and mutual funds
  96. Swimming
  97. Learning new things
  98. Eating new (sometimes strange) foods
  99. Thinking quickly
  100. Strategically planning errands
  101. Writing “to do” lists
  102. Going to bed early
  103. Getting up early
  104. Baking cookies
  105. Giving spontaneous gifts
  106. Being a safe place for people
  107. Peer pressuring people to do silly things
  108. Dreaming big
  109. Being idealistic
  110. Keeping my mind busy
  111. Carrying three bags of books back from the library to do research
  112. Enjoying school
  113. Enjoying writing papers
  114. Appreciating art
  115. Laughing
  116. Experiencing deep emotion
  117. Keeping people on their toes
  118. Observing people
  119. Being able to predict people’s behavior
  120. Making seating charts
  121. Being thankful
  122. Admitting when life is hard
  123.  Always seeking to grow
  124. Water skiing
  125. Snow skiing
  126. Saying nice things about people
  127. Not settling for second best
  128. Shrugging at matatus (wild, Kenyan mini busses) honking at me
  129. Multitasking
  130. Making good decisions
  131. Having popcorn for dinner
  132. Talking
  133. Being the first to open up
  134. Not letting people push me around (recent)
  135. Getting people to visit me in Kenya
  136. Camping
  137. Chasing away baboons
  138. Moving forward even when I am afraid
  139. Living without the internet or a bed
  140. Brunch
  141. Quick, witty replies
  142. Not letting my 14,000+ emails in my inbox bother me
  143. Going after my dreams
  144. Being “mature for my age” aka basically grandma status
  145. Doing things other people can’t or won’t

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