I was born and raised in New Jersey. In the town I grew up in often had luxury vehicles from Lotus, Ferrari, Maserati, and Porsche cruising the streets. We had a Datsun, a Dodge, and eventually a Toyota Landcruiser and Toyota Pick-up truck.
I was teased mercilessly in elementary school for being poor. But the thing was – we weren’t really. Financially things were tight but if we struggled, I did not know it. I was loved, cared for, had food, clothes, books, and did not feel I was deprived of anything (Thanks mom & dad!)
When we moved after I finished the 6th grade to Virginia, I saw it as an opportunity to start over. So I did. Then there was college. And now I have been through hell and managed to make it all the way back.
My self-esteem has been all over the place throughout my life. To be honest, when I first saw this challenge, I cringed. I have a very hard time pointing out good things about myself. I suck at accepting compliments yet to a certain extent I crave them as a means to verifying that yes, I am worth it and yes, I do know what the hell I am doing. A lot of my daily self-talk is just that – I am worth it and yes, I DO know what I am doing.
This challenge wants us to list 5 of our strengths on a piece of paper and keep it with us. Review it daily.
I’m taking it a step further and splashing mine out there for the whole world to see.
1) I can take the worst circumstance in the world and make almost anyone laugh about it.
2) I am an excellent writer.
3) I am rocking this Motherhood gig.
4) I make a great listener.
5) I am very compassionate.
What are your strengths? Go, write them down. Be proud of them. They’re YOU!