105 Ways to Give a Book

Not in Need of Improvement

Everything in January seems focused on being better. We resolve to exercise, eat healthy, and get organized in one fell swoop. So much energy is spent concentrating on what is wrong with ourselves that it's no wonder we end up on the couch gnawing a chocolate Santa recovered from the back of the pantry live-tweeting the fifth hour of a Hoarders marathon with snarky, derisive comments. Or maybe that's just me.

In any case, this time of resolutions and goals and challenges - yes, even this one - can be difficult for just feeling good about ourselves. So I thought I'd give my blogging buddies and fellow comment challengers a chance to share something about yourself that you like or do well. Not promotions or book deals or Ultimate Grand Supreme wins, but a little something like this:
My eyelashes are so long that they brush against my glasses if I wear mascara - which I don't need to do anyway because they are so dark and thick.
Yeah, that felt good. Real good. Now it's your turn to brag a bit. As you work to improve your commenting habits, exercise routine, organization skills, time management, book promotion, social media platform, etc... what can you feel good about today?

27 comments:

Tammy said...

My friends and family usually call me if they need a laugh. I'm pretty good at finding the funny in a situation. Humor does make life more liveable!

Melanie said...

I can play the piano really well. My teacher just gave me a piece that hasn't been played at her recital for years because she knows I have the skill and am willing to work hard enough to master it.

JenFW said...

I make time to exercise.

Lucky you for those eyelashes!

Jim Randolph said...

I always find good read alouds for the kids and we usually have fun. And my partner and daughter tell me I'm a good dad, which is my favorite.

Tanya said...

A friend just called me to brainstorm. Apparently, I'm a good backboard. I'm taking that as a compliment.

Joanna said...

I've had a couple of my high school students mention my inspirational influence on them in application essays recently. I am chuffed!

You must have gorgeous eyelashes! Pic?

Marcie Colleen said...

People rave about my cooking. :)

Redheaded Stepchild said...

Great idea! I'm pretty good at finding humor in any situation - I love hearing people laugh! And I'm not afraid to be the butt of a joke, either!

Sherry said...

I read and blog well and consistently. I'm not sure how much of a virtue this consistency, but others seem to have trouble getting themselves to read and write daily. I don't.

Caryl said...

Your post made me laugh, MotherReader! That's mine -- I love to laugh. Loud and long and clear. :)

Doret said...

Went back to school last semester and finished up my undergrad degree.

RachelMaryBean said...

After taking years off to have kids I've gotten back on the horse, literally. I've started ridinig again, and I'm doing pretty well if I do say so myself. :)

Christy Rush-Levine said...

I am shocked at how difficult this is. Complaining is waaay easier. This is a lot of work for a Monday, but here goes: I am open. Nobody ever has to guess what I am thinking/feeling.

Mrs. Silverstein said...

My students have spread word around the entire school about how good my homemade chocolate chip cookies are--so much so that at a bakesale this year, six dozen sold out in about half an hour, way before anything else went! (Is it any wonder that on tough teaching days I dream about running away and opening a bakery?)

booksavors said...

I have a great smile and reflect well with others.

Camille said...

My house is clean - wahoo!

Dorine White said...

I can read. Many might laugh, but it is my greatest talent and source of joy.

BarbaraB said...

I feel good that I accomplished several things on my to-do list today.

Ms. Yingling said...

As I told my students yesterday, I'm like a marathon runner of reading. And I know what chuffed means! I challenged my students to work on goals, not resolutions!

Gina Gort said...

When I come up with a great idea, my eyes change a lighter shade of green and sparkle in way that would make most eye models jealous.

Annie said...

I can do Double Dutch jumprope and I can still do a presentable cartwheel.
(Loved this blog post--needed a gentle reminder to be good to ourselves!)

Brimful Curiosities said...

Volunteering! I'm a dependable volunteer and an optimistic coordinator. I coordinate our school's bookfairs and science fair as well as volunteer as a Sunday School teacher and PTO chair and help out with Girl Scouts. If I get any better at volunteering, I'm pretty sure my husband will object.

Kristin McIlhagga said...

I'm a good listener - both friends and students have told me that. My 6th grade daughter doesn't always agree, but I think that may be because she is a pre-teen.
I always try to really listen to what someone is saying before I start to form a response. I also always try to ask if someone wants advice before giving it - thought sometimes is slips out!
Thanks for the opportunity to think of something positive about myself!

Avi de Turenne said...

What a great topic! I play chess to give the left side of my brain some activity -- although there is a little creativity involved in the strategy. I suck at it, but I really enjoy playing. A definite break from Reading and 'Riting.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I'm a great listener and friend. And guess what...I my friends are great listeners and the best friends in the world!

Sarah O'Holla said...

I love tearing up the dance floor. Strangers often compliment my dancing at parties, I'm that good.

I agree with Christy on how much easier it is to complain than compliment yourself! Also loved this post so much, I shared the love on my own blog. Thanks for the great idea!

sm said...

i'm 43 and haven't a grey hair on my head. plus, i haven't dyed my (naturally) red hair in 5 years
hooray for me :)