For the month of March, I did a personal positivity challenge. The challenge was that I had to find something positive about myself every day. The rules were that I couldn’t repeat anything. The first few were fairly easy to come up with some things that I considered a positive thing about myself. However, by the time I got halfway through, I was having to spend a decent amount of thought on what to do next. I told myself that I had to be very honest about the things I wrote. I couldn’t just throw random things that I don’t really feel is that positive but that could be construed that way. I was a little worried that it would make me uncomfortable to make a list of all these positive things, like I was bragging about myself or something. However, I haven’t really felt that way at all. This had nothing to do with proving I was better than anyone else. This entire challenge was all about seeing the good in myself and my own personal value. A lot of these things don’t have anything to do with anyone else, just how I feel about me.
I also invited everyone to join in on this challenge. I do know that there were people that started the challenge with me. Some of them forgot a few days and then tried to come up with multiple at a time (I will admit that I was guilty of this a few times). Others took it as a moment to find the most positive thing they could about themselves, instead of a bunch of little things every day. I think that any way that you decided to participate in this challenge is amazing. The point of working towards a healthy sense of self has nothing to do with doing things that work for other people. It’s about finding the way that it works for you. If it worked for you to ponder over what you could say positive about yourself, then I’m glad you did it. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in this challenge, I want to encourage you to think it over. Find some positive things about yourself that maybe aren’t the easy or obvious things.
Anyway, I know that my list is not the priority of anyone else. However, as the instigator of this challenge, I wanted to follow through and show that I did my challenge and did my very best. So, below is my list of 31 positive things about myself. One for every day of the month of March.
- I made a lifestyle diet. I eat much less and healthier
- I love that I am happy and content with my life. I still have goals and things I want my life to look like, but I can still be happy in the moment.
- I am a mom with kids that tell me all the time they love me
- I’ve improved my running from a 15-minute mile to a 11-minute mile
- I did the violin for 5 years; it has given me a good ear for intonation.
- I like to help others around me to feel better and achieve their goals.
- Like to think I’m a good listener, we all need someone to talk to.
- Baking is so much fun. I love to bake, and I feel like I’m really good at tweaking a recipe to improve it.
- People have referred to me as the kid whisperer. I’m usually the first person to take a fussy baby. I’ve been a nanny to a boy who was labeled a troubled child, and nobody wanted around. I’m not trying to take credit because he is an amazing person, but I had many people ask me what I did that changed him into such a well-behaved kid. Really, he just needed to be understood and have a little direction and focus. He did the rest himself.
- Time to be a little vain. I LOVE my green eyes. They were hazel when I was younger, and I always wanted them to turn greener. I got my wish, and I love my green eyes.
- Happy to pull my husband into this one. I have been married for 11 years. I believe we have a very healthy and happy marriage. I truly believe we have something unique and special. The specific positive is our ability to commit to each other and making the effort to understand each other when things get tough.
- I have an analytical mind. I feel like I’m good at planning and organizing. I have planned complicated events and schedules. I can prioritize what needs to be done and how to do it.
- I am a peacemaker. I can often see both sides to any situation.
- I taught myself what I know about the guitar, I don’t have a lot of experience but can still muddle through most things that I want to.
- This may be a silly one, but I am good at ultimate frisbee. It’s so fun and I have a quick short distance sprint. And ultimate frisbee is where I met my husband.
- Budgeting! I am trying hard to keep thinking of new things. I am a frugal person and can keep a very tight budget when I need to. I am not materialistic, more minimalist. (Just to be clear not saying negative about anyone different but that for me it is a positive.)
- I have a good voice, one that I am comfortable with and proud of. Not the typical voice but more unique. Like a classical voice.
- I feel like I’m a good wife. I think I am kind and understanding and patient when needed.
- I am good at improvising. I can be flexible in many situations
- I have nice hair. It’s very thick and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. I have been known to roll out of bed and head out without even combing my hair. Days that I do this I actually get a lot of compliments on my hair. The natural wave of my hair looks nice.
- I’m good at getting to the root of a problem. Instead of focusing on the surface trouble and drama, I can usually help dig deeper to what is causing it.
- I have a way with words and music. I have written multiple songs that I am actually very happy how they turned out.
- I can write. I feel like sometimes I have a very good way with words. That I can help people see something in a different light.
- This is probably a weird one to try to explain but I am good at skim reading. In school I read so many books but never the ones that my teachers wanted me to read. When I would have a test on a book that I hadn’t read I would skim through the book the night before and be able to pass the tests.
- I like taking pictures. I took pictures of a lot of family and friends. I am no professional but I’m good enough I even got hired to do a wedding.
- To go along with this, I can be artistic with the pictures. I have made invitations and graduation announcements.
- I am a good teacher. I work well with children and have helped with how to handle emotions, how to read, tie shoes, math, etc. I had one boy that I was able to teach him to read before he even started kindergarten.
- I am so good at lists. Lists help me keep things organized and concise. I make lists for things I want to write. Lists for things I want to accomplish. Lists for chores I need to get done.
- I can be pretty handy. I don’t have a lot of the know-how, but with the right direction I have been able to change parts to a car, build things, I even reupholstered my husband’s favorite chair once.
- I am a quick learner. I am good at following direction when I am trying to accomplish something.
- I have been known to mediate a situation here or there. Helping to find a good compromise between multiple parties.
For anyone that made it through my list of positive things, I appreciate your interest and patience. This was a great exercise and one that I think all of us should reflect on every so often. I really like the way this challenge made me think. I decided that I wanted to extend my positivity challenge into the next month but with a twist. Read about April challenge here.