14/30 Things: Strong

{To know what I’m talking about, and to see past 30 Things posts, start here…}

14. Describe five strengths you have.


1. I see the potential in mediocre things.
John once told me in a cherished love note that I remind him of the scripture in Abraham 2:8, wherein the Lord says, “I know the end from the beginning, therefore my hand shall be over thee.”  He explained to me that he thinks I can see the end from the beginning, too, by seeing the potential something ordinary has to be beautiful and by helping it become such.  I guess you could say I believe in working with what you’ve got, and sometimes what you got ain’t that great.  But with a few little tweaks and a little
confidence, what you’ve got can look absolutely gorgeous.  This strength has been enhanced since I’ve been married.  You see, we have absolutely no money, but I have learned to use what we have and arrange it in a way that makes our little basement apartment cute, comfortable, and inviting.   
2. I am socially wise.
That’s not to say I never stick my foot in my mouth.  However, I know how to include the outcast, forgive quickly and honestly, and help others feel good about themselves {I guess when I’m not worrying too much about what they think of me….}.  I’m also very introspective {probably to a fault} and feel like I have very stable and clear self-awareness.  Having said that, though, I very well could be walking around thinking I’m kinda neat with everyone else around me {except John, most of the time} trying to avoid me because I’m unbearably annoying.

3. I am emotionally mature.
That’s not to say I’m mature, just that I know I’m immature.  Also, I know where I stand with each of the three pillars of emotional maturity:
1. Empathy
2. Self Control
3. Accountability
{adapted from Alisa Goodwin Snell, LMFT}
I can recognize when and where I need to work on these three characteristics and appreciate how important they are in my interpersonal relationships.  Because of this, I have also been known to give pretty alright relationship advice.  And I’d like to think that I’m somewhat empathetic, and have tried to use the trials I’ve experienced as opportunities to be more in tune with others. I’ve also been known to swallow my pride once in a while and ask for forgiveness, but probably not as often as I should have.

4.  I can set and achieve goals.

I feel like I have found a great balance of setting realistic and attainable goals while still stretching myself and getting out of my comfort zone.  I like the idea of progressing and developing and think we have even more control over that in our personal lives than we might realize.  I have felt empowered when I reach goals I’ve set, whether it has to do with health, spiritual or intellectual enlightenment, familial strengthening, etc., and am usually working on at least one more aspiration at any given time. 

5.  I am good at choosing faith.
When someone asks me what the hardest thing is to swallow being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints {which some people think has some ‘cooky’ doctrine…}, I think for a moment and very honestly say, “Nothing.  I don’t have hold ups with any of it.”  That’s not to say I understand everything that is preached as doctrine, but I have strength to chose to have faith in spite of my lack of understanding.  I know a few things to be True and that helps me accept other things that might be harder to grasp.  But I am also motivated to seek out understanding and light and do my best to comprehend the doctrine, and I usually get it eventually. 
Anyhoo … enough about me!
Isn’t my baby cute?
Family Date Night at Quiznos — I got right sick at 2:00 am after eating there….  just sayin’.
Tune in next time: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?


  1. Tiff says:

    What do you mean, enough about you? I can’t get enough.. I love these posts!

    And yes. Your baby is adorable. 😉

    When are we gonna have a play date?

  2. Jacob says:

    I want to hear more on how you set and achieve your goals I really want to start writing and achieving mine I just do not know where to start… By the way I love your blog

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