Celebrating Our Strengths (share yours here)

Last week, I decided to begin a simplicity experiment based the idea that we can let go of the need to do everything. Here’s that post, in case you missed it:

I soul-searched. I self-reflected. Today, I wanted to share some things I feel are my personal strengths (and hear yours!). Why? Because knowing who we are can help us simplify our lives. I promise, this will all make sense as we go through the series together.

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My Strengths (things I’m naturally good at, or things I love to do).

  • Organizing
  • Writing
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to break big problems down into the manageable tasks. (NOTE: If you want help simplifying your weaknesses, I’m going to request some anonymous reader lists soon. Put me to work!)
  • Peace-loving (I avoid drama. Interestingly enough, this can be a weakness at times.)
  • Will eat almost anything
  • I can easily lift a three pound weight. WOO!
I’d love to see your list. Can you leave it in the comments below? It’s not bragging, it’s participating in an experiment. So, write that list!
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1 JulieB June 19, 2013 at 7:59 am

Good morning!

Things I am good at and love to do:
Reading, Writing, Swimming, Teaching, Teaching swimming ;), Cooking, Gardening (I love it more than am good at it), Communicating with others (usually), Avoiding conflict (I know exactly what you mean on this one!).

I always enjoy the posts. Hope the writing/editing is going well.


2 Melissa June 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi Julie,
The writing is going well! Thanks for asking. I hope to submit my book to agents and editors this summer.

I love your list and look forward to the upcoming posts as we all work to simplify our lives.


3 AmandaT June 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

You know, I’d never seen “Peace-loving” as a strength. I’d always framed it in myself as “conflict avoidance” which I’m sure you’re thinking of in your sometimes a weakness aside. Very nice to see it as a strength, thank you.

My list?
Comforting people and animals, knowing when people need help, Math, computers, complex problem solving, interpreting what people are really saying, relaxing (I positively excel at relaxing).

4 Melissa June 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

It is definitely a strength! Also, I think I need to add relaxing to my list. Not everyone is so lucky in this busy world.

5 Angela June 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Always encouraged and learn something by your posts!

I am good at cooking, baking, cleaning (love laundry and having it all done for 5 seconds) and I would love to be a good gardener but admittedly am not.

Thank you Melissa

6 Melissa June 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Thanks for participating, Angela! More to come next week.

7 Tonia June 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I love this experiment!

I struggled to come up with a long list of strengths but did find a few:
Organizing, decorating, gardening. And my hubby’s contribution: being a good wife and mama. 🙂

8 Melissa June 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

What a sweet husband! Love your list. Next week’s post on weaknesses will help the experiment make sense.

Thanks for joining in!

9 Taylor June 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I am very resourceful, and creative, and I have a love for learning and self improvement.

10 Melissa June 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Hi Taylor,

I love this list! I can really relate to it. Thanks for participating!

11 Lori L. June 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Reading, gardening and cuddling babies! I love your blog, maybe I should add reading blogs 😉

12 Melissa June 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I am awesome at cuddling my 2-month old niece! She’s my sugar doodle. Thanks for sharing your strengths!

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