This week has been all about affirmation and encouragement. This is the last week of the blogging challenge and this is definitely the week I need encouragement. It was easy to come up with topics the first week. However, this week, I’ve had moments where I wanted to pull my hair out! Despite that, there are still only 2 days left and I’m so happy at where I am compared to where I was when I started.
This week’s Instagram Restored Challenge was about finding 5 gifts and talents and evaluating how I’m using or not using them in my life. I chose this challenge because it’s so easy to compare ourselves to others. We forget that we have our individual value and make our own unique stamp on this world. Though others may have the same talent, your perspective puts a completely different spin on it that no one could ever replicate. Sometimes it feels weird to brag about yourself-it feels a little narcissistic. But I have had to learn it is ok to be proud of yourself and pat your own back a little bit. You work hard to perfect your gifts and talents and there’s nothing wrong with showing the world what you have! So I picked 5 things that I do well and how I plan to continue using them.
- Service. I love helping people. Sometimes I go above and beyond and ask myself why I’m doing it. But, I believe that it’s in my nature (and definitely passed down from my parents) to help somebody because somebody has helped me along the way. I believe in connection; that we’re all connected to one another through our acts, our thoughts, and our motives. What I do and how I carry myself behind closed doors and in the open affects my neighbor. So I want to be the best I can to serve and help as much as I can. I will continue this by serving others through Restored. Five percent of my profits will go to the Central Union Mission in Washington, DC.
- Piano. I’ve been playing the piano since I was about five years old. I’ve served as the pianist and director for a couple of choirs since then. There are so many other talented musicians that can blow me out of the water. I'll get nowhere comparing myself to them. I can only play from my heart, and share what I have. The most important lesson I've learned is that people appreciate the sincerity and the connection that you have with the music more than technical skill. Especially over the last couple of years, I’ve been able to harness that and make it my own. I will never stop playing; I'll continue to share my gift as long as my fingers can move.
- Persistence. My older sister and I have always been very determined. Our parents instilled a pretty serious work ethic in us. If you put any challenge in front of us, please believe that it will get done or we’re going to spend a lot of effort getting pretty close to it. I believe this has gotten me everywhere. In particular, with one major upset in my life where I lost all of my savings in a real estate deal gone bad, I was able to bounce back and was able to purchase another house in less than a year. Restored is my next challenge and I'm going to keep working until I reach all of my business goals.
- Patience/Endurance. In my early twenties, I worked at a day care center for about 2 years. If nothing else, working with infants up to 5 year olds taught me patience. It’s not that I don’t get upset, but I have harnessed the ability to breath, take a hard look at the situation, and suffer through it. Though I may get tripped up by a setback, I can bounce back from it and keep moving, even though the situation looks bleak. However, as my friends would say, I’m patient everywhere except in the car (I’m currently working on my road rage). I'm still using this gift because I have to be patient with myself everyday. I get discouraged all the time with things that aren't working right, but it's patience and endurance that's going to get me through.
- Love for Children. I always have children around me. I believe in investing in the babies because more than anybody, they have the imaginations, energy, enthusiasm, and audacity to try new things. Most children still have a wide-eyed innocence, and if they’re encouraged, they can believe that they can do anything. Things change when they become hardened by their realities. Encouragement when they’re young is important so no one can steal their confidence away from them. A key part of Restored will be teaching young people the entrepreneurial skills I'm learning so they can pursue their own endeavors.
So how about you celebrate yourself today? What are your 5 best gifts and talents?
- July 11, 2015
- Tiffany A