There's Always Room For Improvement...

Monday, April 15, 2013

What do you consider your two greatest strengths? What about the areas you would like to improve?

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People are quick to point out other people's flaws; this can range anywhere from someone's life, or physical beauty. And don't sit there and say you've never done this, because we ALL have. However sometimes we never really talk about other's greatest strengths. And sometimes we need to point out those strengths — not just in ourselves, but in others.

Today's topic is to voice two of my greatest strengths. And areas I'd like to improve on.

1) Cooking — Let's be honest here, I didn't learn how to cook on my on, that is for sure. I grew up watching my mom cook for our family, and for all the major holidays. I still fix some of the same things that she use to cook. Except for meatloaf. I'm sorry, but I just can't like the stuff! While I couldn't consider myself the best cook known to man, I would consider myself to be a good cook. However, there is always room for improvement in this area. One of the reasons why I think this is one of my strengths is because I cook because I love it, and because I want to show others how much I love them by cooking them something yummy to eat. While some show others how much the love them with gifts or words... I show it by taking care of them in the way of food. You know the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach?" well, this goes for anyone. I can't begin to tell you how many wonderful conversations have been had at the dining room table or around our kitchen island. And, it happens to be one of my favorite things to do everyday!

2) Maternal Instincts — Y'all are probably shaking your heads and saying, "wait, she's not a mom." Well, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to have earthly children to possess this strength. Some are just born with it, and honestly I think I'm one of those. I'm not saying that I'm going to be the perfect mom, because no one is perfect. However, I do feel like I'm going to be a great mom, one day. As a friend of mine tells me, I'm a natural born caregiver. I like to make sure everyone is taken care of, and sometimes that means putting my needs behind everyone else's. I can't wait for that day, when I'm able to call myself a mother. It won't be this year, but I truly believe that God has wonderful plans for me and the Mr. And I have faith that He didn't give these wonderful instincts for no reason... there is a reason for everything!

Areas I'd like to improve on... well there are many. I feel that we go through life as a work in progress. Once we stop learning and growing, we stop living. So... here's my list of things I can improve on...

being a wife • being a Christian • being a daughter • being a granddaughter • being a friend • being a co-worker • living life to the fullest • stop talking about doing something and getting up and actually doing it • handling road rage better • saving more/spending less • making better choices • relaxing more/stressing less • drinking more water • being a better blogger • not jumping to conclusions so quickly • smiling more • loving more/hating less • sending more "just because" notes • singing more • keeping in contact with people more • speaking up • listening more

Want to join in our conversation? Just click on the coffee cup above and share your thoughts today.


  1. I completely agree with the MOM comment! I'm a natural born caregiver too! Can't wait to be a mommy one day!

  2. This is a great post....I always look forward to these thought provoking posts :-)

    I have to agree you ARE a great cook and definitely have that natural maternal instinct. I think we had a conversation when you were here? Maybe I made that up, but I think we did, about the event of a meal about coming together and sharing with one favorite part of each day :-)

  3. Ugh, I wish I enjoyed cooking. I love watching cooking shows...but it stops there!

    You will be an amazing mother one day soon. Until then, you put your skills to use everyday for all those lucky people around you! Happy Monday Joy!

  4. I can tell even in the short time I've known you that you are a natural born mama! No doubt it will come to pass!

  5. You are definitely a nurturer. And I think you're going to be an amazing mother. In the meantime, everyone around you will get to benefit from your natural caring self. :)

    This English teacher that really irritated me always said, the biggest room in the world is room for improvement. :)

  6. That's great you love spending time in the kitchen cooking...that's been a struggle for me getting married, now I'm wishing I took more interest when my Mom wnated to show me things when I was growing up on cooking:)

  7. You are a wonderful cook, and you are going to be a great mom one day! Love this post!

  8. Love this post Joy. Hope you had a great Monday.

  9. Oh, Sweet Joy. Clearly you were made to be a Momma! I love your heart and honesty!!


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