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Nov 26

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Thriving, Not Just Surviving – Day 2

Day 2

If you are joining in on this challenge, I hope you will visit Money Saving Mom and sign up for the 7- Day Challenge emails. This challenge is a sneak peek to some of the awesome tips that you will find in Crystal Paine’s newest book, Saying Goodbye to Survival Mode, coming in January 2014. I have been reading a pre-release copy of this book and am really gleaning some great stuff. You can find the post with Day One’s post here.

Learning to say no more often means you can say yes to the things that are most important to you. Today Crystal is encouraging us to continue to say “no” more often than we say yes. Then we are going to move on to the next step and focus on the things we do well. Constant comparison to other women only leads us to feelings of low self-worth, depression and frustration. If you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, don’t envy the soloist at church. If you can’t sew on a button, don’t feel like you have to learn to make all your daughter’s clothing. You have YOUR OWN giftings and talents. If you begin to take a closer look at the things you are naturally good at, you will find so much more freedom and fulfillment by exercising them rather than focusing on what others are doing well. What are the things you do well, the things that make you feel alive?

There are some areas that we may not be good at that are necessary for our family such as housecleaning or cooking. If you are not good at these “necessities” you may need to ask for help to learn or outsource some of these tasks.

Today’s Challenge 

Set a timer for 10 minutes and make a list of your gifts, talents and abilities. If you have trouble coming up with ideas, call or ask family or friends to tell you what they perceive is your top three strengths.

Here is my list – Disclaimer *all of these were not my idea. I asked my husband, mom and sister to give me some suggestions

Gifts talents abilities list
Musical
Good cook/baker
Love to teach
Servant
Love all things technology
Handy
Hard worker
Thorough
Detail-oriented
Thrifty
Kind-hearted
Determined
Great Mom
Gentle spirit
Attentive to details
Organizer
Dedicated
Honest

I found this assignment to be harder than I thought it would be. It was kind of hard to evaluate yourself on your merits. I ended having to ask for ideas and then I was able to think of more things to add to the list. In the end,  it was nice to think of your strengths and focus on the things that you know you can do well. Come back tomorrow and let me know how your list making turned out. I will post Day Three’s challenge as early as possible. Leave your comment’s from Day 2’s assignment on this post. See you tomorrow.

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