KEEP IT SIMPLE – There is no need to hustle, and we don’t need to follow everything that the “gurus” say we should.
GO YOUR OWN WAY – You’ll often hear me saying that your intuition (the Spirit within you) is your best GPS system. Don’t worry about what all the big-dogs say you have to do in order to be successful. Define “success” for yourself — on your own terms — and then do what feels right for you!
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE – With a bit of belief, and genuine effort, anything is possible! Dream big!
STAY CURIOUS – Always be asking yourself how you can improve. Journal, and read a lot. Then take action on what you’ve learned (this is key!) Don’t worry if you need to pivot — even multiple times! Just use those pivots to collect the various “puzzle pieces” you’ll need to continue on your journey!
PURPOSE-DRIVEN – When you know yourself deeply, and you’ve done the work to understand who needs the help that you’re uniquely positioned to provide, you’ll be able to do meaningful work that fulfills you, and that aligns with your values. Remember, though, that it’s not about you — it’s about those you serve!
GIVE YOURSELF GRACE – There will be many hurdles along the journey, and you might feel like giving up. This is normal. Remember that it’s a long-game, and the challenges are there to show you how badly you want it. Believe that you’ll get there, eventually, so long as you just keep putting one foot in front of the other. (And seek out help when you’re truly stuck! You’re never alone!)
From StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath, my top 5 strengths are:
LEARNER – People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. It enables them to thrive in dynamic work environments where they are asked to take on short project assignments, and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time, and then move on to the next one.
INPUT – People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts, or even relationships. Whatever they collect, they collect it because it interests them. And theirs is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity.
DEVELOPER – People exceptionally talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from evidence of progress. Each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And they are drawn toward people for this very reason. When Developers interact with others, their goal is to help them experience success. They look for ways to challenge others. They devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow.
INDIVIDUALIZATION – People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively. They are impatient with generalizations… because they don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, they focus on the differences between individuals.
INTELLECTION – People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. They like to think. They are the kind of person who enjoys their time alone because it is their time for musing and reflection.
A Few More Characteristics
- I live in SW Ontario, Canada with my husband, son & daughter (both in their early 20s)
- I was raised in an Evangelical church, but have made my faith my own throughout the years (see more here)
- I love cats, music, designing, journaling, and color.
- I’m obsessed with:
– books & learning
– stationery (pens, notebooks, journals)
– personality psychology
– personal growth
- I don’t watch a lot of television (I prefer to read)