31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 15

Hello all! I am baaaack!

I’m not going to apologize for taking so long to post this. I’ve had a lot going on, and sometimes I just didn’t want to post. So I didn’t. Also, this post was very hard for me to formulate.

I’ve been dealing with some pretty difficult mental health issues and the seasons have changed here which contributes to my unusually low mood. For a while the thought of writing a list of 15 things that make me awesome seemed like the hardest thing I would ever do.

But here I am after receiving a healthy dose of love and support from my #fireworkpeople I’m back and ready to give it a shot.

1. I can wear a headband like nobody’s business.

2. I’m pretty good at answering my phone when I’m called. And if I don’t answer, I successfully listen to your voicemail and call back at my earliest convenience.

3. I recognize the difficulty for employers getting people to commit to working during a holiday. I don’t like working over Thanksgiving or Christmas any more than the next person, but sometimes you just gotta do it. A manager doesn’t usually have any say on whether or not an establishment is open on a holiday, and worrying about whether or not you will have any employees willing to work it would be stressful. So, I’ve spent most of my adult holidays working because most people try to get out of it. Good for them. But also, there are other days to celebrate. I just don’t think it’s the end of the world.

4. I’m super nice to retail associates and food service employees. Just that. It’s a big deal.

5. I really can sing pretty well and I’m happy to help people out if they ask me to sing for an event or something. But I’m also totally cool with singing back up if you already got someone to sing lead.

6. You need tough love? You need some realism? I’m your gal. I’m not a very soft or compassionate person, but I can totally just pop a bubble of self pity and tell ya what I think ya should do. I mean, sometimes it’s a lot of my own opinion, but it’s also a perspective that you probably haven’t heard. I’m original!

7. This next one is a bit of a stretch, but here goes it. I don’t always think I’m a very nice person. I wouldn’t describe myself as a very gentle or soft woman. But, here’s the thing…when I know what I want, I WANT it. And I work hard. I like making things run smoothly and I really like it when people cooperate when having a common goal seems obvious. If someone is obstructing success for something, I may steamroll them. But my goal is always to just have something go in the best way possible.

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8. I really feel like I’m a thoughtful person. My husband describes this quality in me as “intentionality”. I spend a lot of my thinking about how my choices throughout my day will affect my time with my husband later and kind of arrange my life around how I want friendships and relationships to feel. I know there is kind of a fine line between living for other people and doing things because you care about people, but I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grasp on that. It makes me happy to have the people I love be happy and taken care of. And, it just makes life easier.

9. My house has ONLY used, second-hand, or handmade decor. I’m pretty stoked about that.

10. I’m very open to sharing honestly whenever someone asks me something serious about my life. On the flip side, I’m good at telling people when I don’t want to talk about something and I don’t feel awkward about it.

11. I’m generally a good forgiver. And a quick apologizer. But I also don’t let myself re-friend toxic people once they’re out of my life.

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12. I can freaking ROCK lipstick and winged eyeliner. It’s no joke. 

13. One year I had a job professionally decorating Christmas trees. 

14. I have basically aced every single interview I’ve ever attended for a job that I actually wanted. I’ve interviewed for lots of jobs, and I just automatically know whether I want the job or not within only a few moments of entering the job site. Sometimes I don’t necessarily want the job but I know that I NEED a job. I’ve always gotten those jobs. Now, getting a call back on applications is a different story. But once I get called, I nail it.

15. I have this very weird talent of being able to find great apartments for a great price that fit my needs at the time being. I don’t find huge places, and they don’t always have laundry capabilities, but I always find a place to live that works and I end up loving it. One year I lived in a tiny basement, studio apartment with one of my best friends and it was really super great for what stage in life we were in. We were both going to school full time and working a lot. The rent was only $450 a month. We had a nice size living room that fit all of our belongings and a great little kitchen with rad shelves. We did share a room and one tiny bathroom, and the only closet space was a nook under the stairs but it was still better than sharing a dorm room. And we got to make our own rules and spend our time with whomever we wanted. It really was lovely. And now I share a studio that is not much bigger with my husband, our cat, and my childhood dog. It’s still small but it’s ours and it’s so lovely.

This is the first time in a long time that I’ve sat down and given myself permission to think about what makes me awesome. I think it needs to become a more regular practice in my life.

What are ways you practice telling yourself how awesome you are?
What is your favorite thing about yourself?

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Check out these other amazing ladies that are blogging through the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

Madi – Her Wandering Path
Chelsea – Grace Marked Heart
Charlotte – Inside Charlotte’s Mind
Suzanna – One Hoolie Mama
Brittani – Bringing Life to Truth

If you want to be part of the link up for the 31 Day Blog Challenge just share your link in the comments below. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started or if you’re ahead of me. It would be so great to add some more bloggers to the link up. I love reading everyone’s answers to these great challenge questions.

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9 thoughts on “31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 15

  1. This is an amazing list, Jess! I especially like what you said about not allowing yourself to re-friend toxic people. I think it’s a lesson that a lot of people still have to learn. It’s hard.

    It was really great reading more about you! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. (visiting from #fireworkpeople)

  2. About to leave ALL the comments because I relate to you so hard (and I’m catching up on blogs). #sorrynotsorry

    I’m totally with you on number 4. After working in food service as my part-time job for 6 years, remembering how customers treated you just doesn’t go away.

    On 7 – I’m not soft or gentle either, and in fact, I tend to be really critical. But it’s because I care. (love the use of that Tina gif, by the way. Favorite)

    I love 9 and 10, just because.

    12. You got that red lip classic thing (excuse me while I quote T. Swift here). Truth is, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it out, but my teeth are not white enough at all, so I chicken out. Maybe someday.

    13. Can I have that job? Or maybe you can come help me with mine?

    15. I have a super tiny two-bedroom with my best friend and it’s so great. I love having my own space with someone that means a lot to me.

    Okayyy, I’m done. You’re awesome.

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