“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Sunday, July 31, 2011

5 Things I love about myself

My friend Judi tagged me in a blog post....so I'm supposed to blog about 5 things I love about myself.  For the most part, I'm pretty happy with the way I am, so picking 5 required more thought that I expected.
I thought it'd be fun to bring back out this crazy picture from  last year's ski trip here.
1.  I'm a realistic optimist.   Ha!  :)  In general, I have a fairly optimistic outlook on life.  But, I'm also very pragmatic and apply common sense and realism to most things.  It can rather annoy my husband while watching TV or movies, but whatever.  The thing I like about it is that I don't usually wind up in a situation wholly unprepared and wondering how I got there.

2.  I'm a type A planner.  Put it this way - my nursery has essentially been ready - minus a few things or extras here and there - for the last month....and I'm still a month away from my due date.  I am obsessed with spreadsheets and schedules and even my DVDs/books are organized alphabetically.  Makes things easy to find, and again, I'm don't usually find myself up a certain creek without a paddle.  Hmm...I'm seeing a theme.

3.  I challenge myself often.   I'm a big fan of - there are few things you cannot do if you put your mind to it.  Example: I wanted to train for and run a half marathon on my own - and I did it.  Now, I'm wanting to train for and climb a mountain and I can't wait to plan for and begin the training!

4.   I am LOYAL.  I am always there for those I love and care about.  There are very few times when a friend or a loved one has needed me in some capacity where I haven't crossed any obstacles to be there in some way, shape or form.  The only potential downside to this trait - to a certain extent - I expect most people to be this way.  And when someone betrays a trust, I never forget it.  Ever.

5.  I'm smart.  Ha - this is the one that I feel kind of arrogant saying.  I love the fact that I read all the time.  I love the fact that when I think of something  new to do I research the heck out of it.  I love the fact that I am capable of understanding most things with the proper amount of prep work.  I love that I got my first college degree in three years, that I finished law school with honors, passed two bar exams, and still went back and got a chemistry degree magna cum laude. This quality and the loyalty one are two things that I really, really hope my daughter inherits from me.

Hmmm...I'd really meant to include some physical things I like about myself as well....and even paused to think about that before finishing the list.  I think - being in my third trimester though - makes it incredibly hard to say that I like anything even remotely physical about myself at the moment.  LOL.

Now, according to the rules, I'm supposed to tag 5 other bloggers to do the same thing.  Honestly - I think most of the people who follow my blog regularly, and have their own blogs, have already been tagged by my other blogger buds....  Except, Kelly and LeDawn.

Until next time!


  1. This is a great post! I've been tagged and I need to do it. It's hard to think of JUST five things, lol.

  2. I LOVE this post! I had to laugh about you alphabetizing and organizing your DVDs/books because I do the same thing....it even carries over to my spice rack, which has become fodder for many jokes.

    Loyalty is an amazing thing....and, like you, I tend to expect from others what I give of myself. That's a tricky one because I've also learned that others just aren't perfect. Neither am I, of course :)

  3. I love you, Mandy! I especially love that picture! I fully expect something equally as tough when you climb Mt. Rainer next year!

  4. Mandy - this is awesome! I so admire these things about you. And, you know you are a genius in my book! If your daughter turns out ANYTHING Like you, she will be well-loved. You are a great person for these reasons and more and I am so happy to call you my friend!

  5. Your comment on my blog reminded me of this post:


    I spent the first 5 months of Faith's life DYING to get her on a schedule. :)

  6. I posted this at your blog too - but it needed to be said more than once...
    It's official. You're my new best friend. As you can tell from my 5 things, I'm the kind of person that runs out and buys books on anything and everything I think of. I'm also a realist - so I probably would've figured this out eventually - but you have saved me a lot of heartache...and given me a good book suggestion to boot. LOVE YOU.


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