Thanksgiving is nearly here and hopefully you’ll be enjoying at least a couple of days off from your normal routine this week. Dave and I are leaving for San Diego very early in the morning tomorrow, and we’re super excited about exploring new areas of California, spending time with his parents and sisters and stopping for a little extra overnight on the tail-end of our trip, which I’ll talk about soon.
Because it’s Thanksgiving, this week should be all about being thankful. So in the spirit of “Treat Yourself Tuesday,” which I really enjoyed doing last week, today I’d like to do another positive post about being grateful. Remember when I said we should all give ourselves a pat on the back every once in a while as a way to treat ourselves? Well, maybe we should also remind ourselves that we’re pretty good at some stuff, and each and every one of us has something great to offer.
Do you have a special talent? Do you do something really well? What is it? Maybe this is a good time to write it down and be appreciative of all the things you bring to the table. And you know, it doesn’t all have to be super serious, which brings me to the topic at-hand.
Let’s play a little game called “I’m an expert at …” which I’m adapting from the lovely Lynda, a wine country-based fitness enthusiast, because her post totally made me laugh as I related it to my own life. And without further ado …
I’m an expert at …
- Packing perfectly for a vacation. I pull everything out and arrange outfits by day and event, down to the jewelry and underwear required for each, before placing everything in a suitcase or bag. I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten anything or felt outfit remorse while away.
- Bringing enough snacks to get through a day. You’ll never find me without a protein bar or bag of trail mix on hand, as well as a reusable water bottle. There are times I oversnack, because I’m fearful of getting hungry. Better safe than sorry, I’d say.
- Remembering even the tiniest little details about somebody, so much that it tends to freak them out if I ever bring it up. It’s true. If you’re my friend, I can probably retell all of your stories with the same descriptions as you, because I just love learning about people and listening to them.
- Fitting in one more little chore before walking out the door. That’s right, sometimes, or always, I insist on piddling around and doing little unnecessary tasks when Dave is rushing me to get out the door for something. For instance, before he dropped me off at Barry’s Bootcamp on Sunday morning, I declared I needed to vacuum with about fives minutes to spare before leaving. Granted, we have a minuscule apartment and takes no more than three minutes to do, but it’s the principle of the whole thing. I always feel better knowing I got one extra thing done. And I’m skilled at doing that.
- Keeping an up-to-date wall calendar hanging in the kitchen. What, nobody uses wall calendars anymore? I disagree. Mine is going strong with plenty of pen marks through activities that changed after written down. And yes, I’ll go back after-the-fact to add things in that were unwritten.
- Organizing group activities. I like to plan, I like to organize, and I like group stuff.
- Cleaning my plate. I was taught at a young age to clean my plate, and even though the healthy-living advocate in me definitely likes to practice portion control: If it’s put on my plate, I’m probably go to finish it.
- Running a group fitness class. I like to command a room, and after years and years of teaching, I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at it. And I’m good at holding a smile and eye contact while sweating profusely and huffing and puffing during hard parts of a workout.
- Writing what I like to write. If this blog is any indication, I love to share my thoughts via the written word, and based on all of the lovely readers who keep coming back for more, I think I’m doing an okay job here.
- Leave-no-trace living. What does that mean? I put away every single thing I use in my apartment after using it, so that nothing is ever left out. I make the bed after getting up, wash my dishes as soon as I’m done eating, and constantly empty the garbage. It’s leave-no-trace, my friends, and I excel at it. I like to have things “show ready” at all times, which may be the former-Disney employee coming out in me.
- Eating dessert. My stomach can handle any amount of sugar. When someone is pushing a plate of dessert away and declaring it “just too sweet,” I’ve likely already finished mine and starting eating Dave’s. (And just because I’m an expert at eating desserts, does NOT mean this is a good thing, folks. You can’t cage up this beast in sweet-mode.)
- Writing long messages in cards. I’m afraid I’m one of those gift-givers at showers and parties, who has written a card so long the person opening it has to wink at me across the room and say “I’ll read this one later …”
- Making bulleted lists. I really like to make lists. I think I’m good at it too.
- Filling up a Tuesday blog post on a holiday week with very little substance. (You can figure this one out yourself, and that makes something you’re good at too.)
That about covers it. I’m over here patting myself on the back in honor of “Treat Yourself Tuesday” and being thankful for many things in life …
Thanks again for the idea, Lynda. I guess I’m also an expert at recreating good content.
I hope you all enjoy your Tuesday. Are you getting in a workout today? I was up to substitute teach a super-early morning BODYPUMP class today and am also fitting in a Barry’s Bootcamp this afternoon, before some off days over the rest of the week. Check back in the morning for another food post before you head off on your holiday and have an awesome day!
Questions of the day
What are you an expert at? What is something you wish you were an expert at?