#reverbbroads11: cheers to awesome!

Today’s #ReverbBroads11 prompt (courtesy of Catie) is: What are three things you are better at than most people?

Sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge the awesomeness within, so to come up with three things that I truly feel that I do better than anyone, I had to think about what I most love to do.  This quote from E. M. Forster sums it up quite well: “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”

1. Developing people.  I have a genuine interest in the hopes, dreams and goals of my staff and given the chance to help them on their journey, I jump at it.  When I go to a conference and see a number of former staff finding success in the field, it makes me really proud.  Knowing that I have been a part of that makes it all worth it.

2. This one is quite timely; Decorating for Christmas.  OK, I have to give some major credit to my mum, who clearly passed along this talent.  I have always loved Christmas and as soon as I had a place to decorate, that wasn’t on-campus, I knew that it would be something I’d go all out on.  People that visit Chez Kinsella over the holidays often comment that the place looks like it belongs in a magazine.  That’s a huge compliment! I even inspired one friend to invest in some charger plates to sup up her dinner parties.

3. Learning.  Is this even possible? I love to learn and look for new learning opportunities every day.  I like to learn with others, or on my own.  I also like to encourage others to learn, from all of the experiences around them.

I’m sure there are other things I could list at strengths, but after the kind of day it’s been, this will do for now.  This prompt has made me think more about this though, so thanks Catie!

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#reverbbroads11: looking back to go forward

Today’s #ReverbBroads11 prompt (courtesy of Dana) is: What is the best and/or worst thing about your life right now? 

I’m trying to focus more on the positive things in life, although it isn’t always easy.  I recently finished reading The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha and so many of the entries made me smile.  If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s a collection of simple, everyday things that are just awesome.  So often we take these things for granted, but seeing them spelled out in print somehow make you stop and reflect.  I would read a few entries before bed each night, and I found that it was a great way to unwind and detach from the stresses of the day.  I also slept better!

So, along those lines, the best and worst thing about my life right now are actually tied together.  On her blog, Bertice Berry says: “I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be.”    I think this is my new mantra.  Professionally, I still have so many goals to accomplish and ceilings to break through, and playing the waiting game (for the right opportunity at the right time) can be agonizing.  I struggle with comparing myself to others and wondering how it’s “happened for them” but it hasn’t happened for me just yet.  I know this is detrimental, so I’m working on it.  For the sake of this prompt, we’ll call this the “worst” thing (although writing that makes me feel a bit petty, as things could be so much worse).  Now for the best thing.  I’m not where I was two years ago.  Simply put, I was miserable.  Nothing was going right, professionally or personally.  However, through that challenging time, I realised what mattered most and started to look at things in a different way.  Because of that there are things I will never do again, lessons I learned that I will carry with me forever, and experiences I weathered that strengthened my determination.  This impacts all areas of my life, and so for that reason, not being where I used to be is the best part about my life right now.

I know the right opportunity is there and sometime soon, the stars will align and my hard work will pay off.  Until then, I need to keep working on me, learning new things and making the most of each experience.  Yes, sometimes I’ll get frustrated and feel like packing it all in.  That’s when I’ll need to rely on my mantra the most.