Today's as good a day as any to take stock--Kalurah at While They Play tagged me for her meme, "Love Me, Love Me Not."
1. List 5 things you do NOT love about yourself.
2. Then list 5 things you DO love about yourself.
3. Tag 5 other people.
4. Check back with the 5 people you tagged. You may be surprised to find out how many things you have in common.
First--things I do NOT love about myself:
1. I have a terrible temper--while I'm generally pretty even-tempered, my rage can FLARE up with uncontrollable ferocity on occasion (though less and less as I get older).
2. I wish I could talk more freely about my faith, but I can't, won't and don't. It's almost as though I'm ashamed of being a Christian and that makes me feel horribly hypocritical.
3. I swear WAY too much. Been working on reducing my cursing for a long time and while I've improved, I still hear myself drop an f-bomb without even thinking about it--and I always cringe inside when I do.
4. My skin--sensitive, prone to rashes, break-outs and stray hairs--sheesh.
5. I hate that flab of a belly that hasn't left since Mr. G was born. And my breasts have completely lost any definition. Really, a torso replacement would be a lovely thing...
Five things I DO love about myself:
1. I'm smart. I've got one of those brains that never shuts down--always clicking away and filing information. Consequently, I can be very witty and funny in the moment.
2. I have outstanding editing skills. Unfortunately this works better on other people's work than on my own, but I can take almost any piece and help make it better. I was a good writing teacher in part because of this.
3. My good endurance for a lot of things--physical and otherwise. In karate I can outlast kids half my age without tiring which pleases me.
4. I do have awesome hair.
5. I've become very comfortable being alone in the woods--being 'still' isn't something that comes naturally to me (a little ADHD), but I've learned how to do it and it gives me a balance that I now depend on. I'm a much quieter person than I thought I'd end up becoming.
Jen (on the Edge)
Mom on the Run at Abnormally Normal
Jenn (at Juggling Life)
Julia (at Midwest Moms)
Adrienne (at The Story Board)
And as a perfect finish, I must tell you, I was able to zip up my wedding dress. It was t-i-g-h-t, but I did so and could breathe. Then I stood in front of my mirror and admired how pretty my dress looked for several minutes. Such a silly girl. The satin pumps, however, did NOT fit. I was very surprised to find them beneath the dress packed in the box--a garter too. Who knew?