I Will Say It Loud And Proud

Posted: June 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

Before I begin – thank you all for the supportive comments! I always believe in transparent blogging and opening myself up fully to my readers. It helps me reflect, get back to normal, and feel better as well. Thank you for that.

You know what bothers me? The fact that many times we will quickly own up to our weaknesses or things we can improve. We will readily zone in on what we deem “icky” about our bodies or negative qualities on which we could work. Then, on the flip side, when a compliment comes our way we bat it down and swat it aside. We nullify it and make it the exception to the standard. We shy away from declaring our strengths. I know I do it too. Even my recent posts have shared some struggling moments of my life and personal vulnerabilities.

Today I want to switch gears. Today I want to say it loud and say it proud. I want to declare my strengths to the world. Without addendums that lessen. Without rationalizations that make them seem less valuable. I want to put myself on a pedestal and feel dang good about it. My strengths include…

I love hard.


I am determined in reaching goals I set for myself.

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I am a passionate writer and inspire others with my words.

I can create delicious meals that are better for their ease factor.

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I am smart.

I have a good, albeit odd, sense of humor.

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I’m organized, hard-working, and get things done.

I am physically strong.


I can forgive others, yet still watch out for myself.

I listen well and others trust me.

I use life’s lessons to continuously grow. I do not fear growth.


I stand behind my faith.

Will you join me and declare your strengths proudly?


80 Comments to “I Will Say It Loud And Proud”
  1. This is GREAT, Tina! Women don’t brag on themselves enough.
    I have a great sense of humor, am a great cook, am a great wife, friend, sister, daughter, mom of animals. I have compassion and am a great listener even if I don’t agree with what is being said!

  2. Yeah, I suck at this……

    I do know, that I am an awesome mom and wife. It’s hard to find other strengths when I am such a flawed human!

  3. Maura says:

    Making people laugh!

  4. Wonderful post! I am slowly gaining more confidence in who I am and my unique strengths… like being a really caring friend, being assertive, and being passionate 🙂

  5. I just stumbled upon your blog today and thank you so much for you candidness and genuine sharing! I read several of your posts today, and am so encouraged! (especially on the subject of binging!). Just wanted you to know that your blog is fabulous, and you have gained a fan in me! 🙂

  6. Helen says:

    Thanks for getting this started! Too often we do not give ourselves the credit that we deserve, here goes…

    I am a great mom/wife
    I am a good cook
    I am a fun person
    I love hard as well
    I am trustworthy

  7. Colleen says:

    I’m a loyal friend, dependable, funny, and a hard worker. Thanks for the prompt!

  8. Ali says:

    I love this! You’re such a strong and beautiful woman, an inspiration to us all 🙂

  9. I LOVED when you said, “I use life’s lessons to continuously grow. I do not fear growth.” love that! I would say that about myself as well.

    I will say about myself: I am very intelligent. 🙂

  10. Thank you for writing out your strengths – and you have SO MANY.

    It reminds me of this Lois Wyse quote I saw recently: Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.

    The only way to change this is for women like *you* to do things like *this*

  11. This is so true. I almost exited the page without leaving a comment, because I just “know” someone will read it and judge what I write, finding the opposite to be true of me. Meh. So be it. These are some things I think are awesome about me (even though I might not do them perfectly, they shine brightly when I let them):

    I am determined.
    I am empathetic.
    I am creative.
    I remain calm in crisis situations.
    I am strong, inside and out.
    I value honesty above almost anything.
    I like myself.
    I keep hope in hopeless moments.
    I can be friends with just about anyone.

    Yay me! 😉

  12. Karen says:

    What a great idea!!

    I am an amazing mom
    I am smart and love to learn
    I love my husband with all my heart
    I believe in happily ever after
    I put my faith in God’s plan for us

  13. […] to the always-inspiring Tina for prompting this very post. Her “I will say it loud and proud” post totally stuck with me yesterday – the fact that we, as a culture of women are the first […]

  14. Missy says:

    Amen, Girl-fren.

  15. Kristi says:

    I am a mother and father to my daughter.
    I am true to my friends.
    I am dedicated.
    I believe in me.

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  18. Keren says:

    I think this blog is AWESOME!! I love your honesty and your total willingness to lay out your life for others to see. I don’t know if you realize how much you are helping other people by being so open. I feel the same way you do about things but I never share them and become a little too critical about myself because of it. In our honesty about the good things about ourselves we can build up our confidence and spirit and fulfill the wonderful purposes that God created us for.

    Here goes my attempt at my strengths:

    I am a great teacher.
    I care about people.
    I always look on the positive side of things.
    I am a loving wife.
    I am always learning new things.

    I like to let people know when they are doing something well and you (Tina) are doing this blog well.


    • Tina says:

      You just made me tear up a little! In a completely great way. Thank you so much. 🙂

      And those are GREAT strengths!

  19. Priyanka says:

    This post is a refreshing change.As women, we are programmed to beat ourselves and stay constantly unsatisfied, you inspire me.

    I am a loving wife, daughter and sister.
    I am a fiercely loyal person.
    I am an organized person with clear cut goals.

  20. Gosh. You are one of the most amazing people out there. No, really. You are. I know your confidence is helping hundreds of women.

  21. You’re right about focusing on weaknesses. The minute I started to think about my strengths my mind went straight to what I need to improve about myself!

    OK… now I am going to declare my strengths…
    My love for God and for my family is strong and unconditional
    I stay strong and positive through challenging times
    I am persistent and work hard to finish the task at hand
    I am proud to have a masters degree in nutrition and to be a RD
    I take care of my body by eating nutrient rich, nourishing foods

    Thanks for this post. It was a great way to start the morning…

    • Tina says:

      All such great strengths to have. Thanks for sharing them. They were awesome and inspiring to read. 🙂

  22. […] where I get my inspiration from – you all! Time to check out some more amazing women and their strengths out loud. It never ceases to amaze me the fabulous bunch of women that inhabit the blogging community. […]

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