19 February 2015

Things I Can Do

Once upon a time, I wrote a post listing a great quantity of things I can't do. That post was very fun to write, and I had a grand time reflecting on my inability to unicycle or parallel park. Today, however, Helen at I Will Bloom asked the question, "What are you excellent at?"

Semi-unrelated picture, just because I like this photo. But also, I can read quickly anywhere and anyhow. I've finished 10 books during our trip here, occasionally while being jumped on my small children. 

My answer?

I'm very, very good at strategically and creatively combining seemingly random ingredients gathered from a sparsely-stocked kitchen into a delicious meal.

I have a talent for writing.

I am surprisingly skilled at finish-construction jobs, including roofing, vinyl siding, and exterior/interior painting.

I am a confident public speaker.

I am excellent and throwing junk away. I could never be accused of being a stuff-hoarder.

I'm talented at school--especially as a student, but I'm finding, over the past year, that I actually really enjoy and appreciate being on the other side of the teacher's desk, too (metaphorically speaking, because in any class of mine, you will rarely find me behind the desk).

Regardless of the unusual way I dress, I think I'm a pretty good style-adviser for others. Whether hair or clothing, I take a combined approach of "If you really love it, wear it, whether or not it's cool." AND, when requested, can offer suggestions tailored to face shape, hair type, height, and natural colors.

Going off of that, I'm speedy at haircuts and updos, especially for curly hair.

I throw a really good party--if, by 'really good party' you mean a party involving lots of delicious food and a plethora of activities and games for guests.

I'm awesome at waking up in a good mood really early in the morning. My family has always described me as "jumping" out of bed each morning.

Possibly related, I can fall asleep quickly and easily, even in uncomfortable conditions (i.e. a twin bed shared with the husband in a hostel in a scary part of Hong Kong). I used to be able to fall asleep on a ceramic tile floor, no pillows or blankets needed, but I might not be quite that tough anymore.
Patty said...

Oh my gosh!! I'm the same way when I get up in the mornings too! It drives my husband nuts...especially when I sing loudly at the top of my lungs, lol!

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

You are a woman of many talents :) I wish I was good at making a good meal out of random things (or out of anything, really).

Suzanne said...

I envy people that can sleep anywhere under any conditions. I can't even do that in a nice bed with earplugs and an eye mask.

I doesn't surprise me you are a morning person : )


Julia said...

I love this post! I am totally envious of your ability to pull a meal together from random ingredients, my husband can do that too and I am always amazed! Also jealous of your ability to "jump" out of bed, so not me!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

I envy your morning person abilities!

Kari said...

Great list! I wish I could wake up early in a good mood. Sadly, I am not a morning person:)

Bethany Carson said...

Haha...oh I loved this post Rachel (as I do most of your writing)! Sounds like you can fall asleep pretty easily anywhere--nice talent to have!

Anonymous said...

That picture is just so sweet! It looks like the perfect "busy downtime" :P

Unknown said...

I wish I was a good public speaker. I get so nervous that my voice starts to crack for bits of my speaking. Sleeping on ceramic tile? Ouch, seems uncomfortable and cold but when I was younger I am sure I could have slept with no issue at all. Great post. said...

Haha I love it! You are a really great writer-- I love reading your posts!
Melanie @

Jen Lud said...

Girl I am so jealous of so many of your strengths...I have a very good friend who is similar to you in her strength-bank and she tends to balance me out quite nicely because I am LACKING in many of those areas! Especially fashion! I am always worried what others will think :( Love that you took the time to walk through your special powers and am motivated to make my own list and get this weekend off to the right start :)

Veronica Lee Burns said...

Love this list! I love seeing women confident in the talents and abilities the Lord has given.

Witchcrafted Life said...

Very cool post! It's wonderful to acknowledge and own one's strengths sometimes, especially if you're usually a very humble person. You have some really cool strengths! I'm especially in awe of your skill at construction jobs. That's never been one of my strong suites. I can plan them, sure, but executing, maybe...with a lot of DIY books involved. It's not a natural talent for me, though it is for my mom, which is handy because she and my step-dad own and run a reno company.

Have a fantastic weekend, dear gal!
♥ Jessica