Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Thinking about the things you do well is definitely not the easy task you would think it is. I could have gone the humorous route and made y’all laugh, but then that would be taking the easy way out. I started thinking about all the things I like to do and realized that just because I enjoy something doesn’t mean I’m good at it. I think I realized that I’m not as great at some of the things I first thought I was… but after wracking my brain, I managed to pull my 5 things together.
1. I know my colors.
My background is in interior design and while I worked for years as a designer, purchasing agent and color consultant, it’s the color I feel I’m exceptional at. I know my colors. I can look at a 2″ square paint chip and visualize how it will look in an entire room. I can see the lighting and how it will play on the walls. I can imagine it darker, lighter, more intense or washed out. I know if it will look like crap and I know if it will make the room sing. My biggest design pet peeve? White walls. Unless you are living at the beach in a shabby chic cottage… white walls should be outlawed. So many people are afraid of color, but I embrace it.
I would never say I cook everything well, but there are a handful of recipes that I actually do to perfection. I made an amazing deviled egg, a mouth-watering brisket and a to-die-for monkey bread. I also bake challah and a restaurant-worthy lemon chicken fettuccine. I figure if I have a few things that I can knock out of the ballpark, the other stuff is a lot more tolerable. My family has never gone hungry and I am proud to say I’ve never opened a can of Chef-Boyardee.
If you’re reading this, you might beg to differ, but I came to this writing thing pretty late in life. I didn’t write as a kid or even as a young adult. Blogging opened up a whole new world to me and while I might never be Jodi Picoult or Alice Hoffman, I think I do a pretty decent job of expressing my thoughts on paper (ahem… on a computer).
4. I Get Things Done.
I can throw together a holiday dinner, I can create an entire presentation in a night, and I can plan an entire 2 week trip for 5 anywhere in the world (at the moment New York). I can also install an entire hotel room in 2 hours, complete with accessories, and I can train an entire room of hotel managers. I can organize and run a trade show booth and I can purchase several millions of dollars worth of custom furniture. Yes… I’m THAT good! And no, this wasn’t intended to be a resume. If big projects need to get done… I can get them done.
5. Kiss and Hug.
I asked my youngest daughter to tell me what she thinks I do well. Her answer? Kiss and Hug. I may not be the Mother Of The Year but as long as my children think I am… that’s good enough for me.