Give Yourself A 5-Star Rating

I love this post at Weightless. It’s a call to arms to make five short lists of five positive things about ourselves. Who wouldn’t benefit from a 5-star rating?!

Here are the five topics Margarita recommends:
Five things you love about yourself.
Five things your body can do (read my list)
Five things you’re grateful for (read my list)
Five things that make you happy you’re alive. (read my list)
Five people (or pets) who you love.

I thought it would be fun for us to try this exercise together for the next few days. Whatcha say?

Today’s assignment: 5 Things You Love About Yourself.

If you feel like sharing, post your responses to comments – and feel free to keep ’em short and sweet… or go to town and tell us all about you. You’re even welcome to email me and be a guest post-er, if you’d like.

5 Things I Love About Myself

1. I’m really good at finding the best thing on a restaurant menu, even if I’ve never eaten there before.
Apparently, I’m adept at imagining how the ingredients taste together, so even when descriptions sound odd or unexciting, what arrives on my plate is always the best dish on the table. Should we ever find ourselves dining together, you would not be remiss in letting me order for you. Just sayin’…

2. I can recite “Jabberwocky” from memory.
Our tenth grade English teacher required us to memorize a poem. I chose the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, and I’ve never forgotten it. I will recite it by request if I’ve had a drink or two – and may perform it completely unprompted if I’ve had a drink or three. I can also do the opening rap from Kid Rock’s “Devil Without a Cause.”

3. I’m a professional-level crier.
Call me “moody” or “in touch with my emotions” or “sensitive”… I won’t argue with any of them. There’s nothing quite like the relief of a really good cry – so cleansing! And I’m never embarrassed by book- or movie- or even commercial-induced tears. Harry running through the streets of Manhattan on New Year’s Eve – in that awful jacket and white sneakers – to get to Sally and proclaim his love?! Gets me very time. And this: “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! I have as much soul as you, and full as much heart!” And let’s not even think about this.

4. My playlists include Social D, Kid Rock, Rush, Barry Manilow, The Clash, J.Lo., and Smetana… and I’m not in the least embarrassed.
Why be bound by genre or cool-factor? I like what I like! And I don’t particularly like people who judge based on what others like.

5. I bounce.
Despite my predilection for (mostly) black clothing and (mostly) angry music – #4 above notwithstanding – and my fervent desire in college to be moody and mysterious, I’m generally a sunny person. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I definitely have challenging, dark days – but they tend to not last too long. Life is a big adventure. Love abounds. I bounce.

OK! Your turn. Talk to us!

5 Things That Make Me Happy I’m Alive

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  • Angela W says:

    1. I’m not a quitter. I don’t know how to be, even when I try.

    2. I’m very punctual. It used to irritate me how I could be 15 minutes early, even when trying to be late. But, I have learned to embrace my earliness.

    3. I’m a redhead. Enough said.

    4. I’m crazy good at staying on a budget.

    5. I’m setting a good example for my girls. I’m strong and healthy. I can lift real weight, but I do it while wearing lipgloss! GIRL POWER!

  • Joey says:

    Cool music.
    My playlist’s also kinda varied, amongst others some: Within Temptation, Ryan Shaw, Sleepthief, The Prodigy and New Kids on the Block:p

  • Mel says:

    Angela –> I love love love your list! Thanks so much for playing along with me!

    Joey –> Nice juxtaposition of New Kids on the Block and Prodigy!

  • Jenn Casey says:

    I took the challenge!

    And I needed it, too, this week. Thanks. 😀

  • Mel says:

    Jenn! That is an awesome list… cause YOU. ARE. AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah O says:

    1. I’m a contradiction. I practice martial arts but I bring craft and knitting projects along with me to seminars and tournaments.

    2. I am competitive. Against myself, against others. (I can unload my completely full dishwasher in under 3 minutes…yep, I’ve timed it.)

    3. I read. A lot. Blogs, books, email, newspapers/newsites, catalogs, magazines and copy on the back of tin can labels.

    4. I love laughing at and repeating jokes on Laffy Taffy wrappers.

    5. I am brave, humble and have integrity.

  • kerri says:

    1. i love that i don’t need makeup on a daily basis.

    2. i love my big legs. they are stronger than any other girls i know. so what if they rub together?!

    3. i love my uncanny ability to whip something up to eat when “there is nothing in the kitchen”

    4. i love my kick ass/grin and bear it attitude. it seriously gets stuff accomplished.

    5. i love the woman that i have become. at 25, i can finally say i know who i am and i love her.

  • george says:

    i want to marry kerri

  • Libby says:

    A friend sent me a link to your blog and her list of five … I’m embarrassed to say this was kind of difficult at first, but I LOVE it and here are my five:

    1. I love love LOVE going to the shooting range and I’m damn good with a pistol, rifle, .50 cal machine gun … you name it and I’ll shoot it.

    2. I am relearning how to sew (after a 15 year “I don’t want to be like my mother” phase and then one day waking up and realizing my mother is amazing 🙂 ). So far I have made a sundress, two 1950’s style aprons, a skirt and about a million sock monkies.

    3. I have a sister that I spend at least one hour a day talking to and as of my lunch break we haven’t ran out of things to talk about.

    5. I can do a damn good one woman showing of a very wide variety of broadways/musicals from the most popular (rent, chicago, les mis) to the ridiculously obscure (Side Show, Newsies, Martin Guerre, The Glorious Ones)

    5. I have an MFA in creative writing, spent four and a half years in the Marines, hiked to Machu Picchu, rode a tugboat down the Panama canal and some day I’ll finish writing my book … all because someone told me I couldn’t or I wouldn’t!

    I feel like I should be wearing a cape and standing on the edge of a cliff with the wind blowing through my hair as I give my best Xena warrior call, lol. Thanks for making my day!

  • Angie says:

    I used to be the type of person that wouldn’t do this because I wouldn’t be able to find 5 things…. But NOT ANY MORE BITCHES! For (what I believe to be) the first time in my life, I’m loving who I am and want to share it with whoever wants to read it!

    #1 (by far): I was at the lowest point any person ever could be and I survived (somehow). After many years of healing and a 16 month weigh loss/personal discovery journey (and 80 lbs gone), I’m a stronger, MUCH happier, amazing woman. Once I hit the 100 lb mark I’m getting another tattoo (a phoenix) to prove it and remind myself every day!!

    #2: I’m a very loyal friend. You need someone to help you move, I’m there. Your boyfriend treats you like crap I’m right there to give you a hug, and then in his face tell him to “do better or he’ll have to answer to me and my all conference softball swing.”

    #3: I will try almost anything at least once. This is a newer thing I love, but for so long I wouldn’t eat things or do things because they are scary- I find that if I try it, more than likely it won’t kill me, and I may even like it. This is how I learned I love guacamole and why I so badly want to go kayaking (even though I never have).

    #4: I have lost 80 lbs. AKA- the equivalent of a typical 10 year old girl. I know I kinda said this before. But the more I say it the more I’m so proud of myself. I’ve been a big girl all my life- and the fact that I’ve stuck with weight loss for 16 months (and I’m not sick of it), the fact that I’ve never felt better both emotionally and physically, and the fact that I’m proud to say that I live the paleo lifestyle and have stopped eating processed crap (except for the occasional cheat) makes me so proud of myself I could just pee myself! I’m not a person who is easily impressed… so the fact that I’m impressing myself… well… that is pretty awesome in my book!!

    #5: I’m one bad @ss baker!! I have what I like to call a side business where I make cakes and baked goods on request for money. I don’t get too many orders and I have a regular full time job, but without any training at all I have made many cakes I never would have thought possible. The cakes I’m referring to include, but are not limited to: a wedding cake, a boob cake (yep- a set of boobs ), bachelorette party cake that looked like a corset, and last night…. 2 cookie cakes (like the mrs. Fields ones) which I had never done, but got them right on the 1st try! WOOT!!!

  • Mel says:

    Here’s my 5:

    1) I have GORGEOUS legs. Calf muscles. Strong thighs. It makes me sad to see people with no calf muscles.

    2) I am a great chef. I tend to cook by smell, and for me that pretty much guarantees that 98% of what I make is super tasty.

    3) I’m smart & I’m paid well. I’m a propulsion engineer at an airplane company.

    4) I spin beautiful yarns for knitting & weaving. It’s been a wonderful hobby of mine for about 10 years now.

    5) I am more than happy to come and help you garden organically – dig up crap, put down compost, trim roses – whatever you want. 🙂 Even better if you have grass-fed meat awaiting me at the end of the day.

  • Mel says:

    Katie’s corporate overlords are somehow preventing her from commenting on this blog — the nerve!

    But she passed her 5 things along to me to share with you all…

    Katie’s 5 Things I Love About Myself

    1) My Laugh. It can be loud, obnoxious, raucous, a silent oh-my-I-can’t-breath laugh, and then a mellow giggle (think “tee-hee”). However it happens, whatever titillates me, I’ll find a way to laugh. I can’t help it, it’s addicting. It’s the best way I let out my stress. Not only that, but it’s me in my most on-the-spot moment that I can’t escape and I love that.

    2) I quite often see my life as Auntie Mame. If you’ve ever read the book, or seen the movie, then you know how insane Mame Dennis is and how chaotic her life can get. I sometimes feel like that, especially when things get just shy of unbearable. But she was constantly surrounded by people she loved and never gave up, no matter how crazy others saw her. I rather like to think of myself in those same regards.

    3) I have amassed a rather large collection of The Phantom of the Opera memorabilia. Gaston Leroux told an awesome story and inspired so many adaptations. I have several versions of the book, playbills, soundtracks and (of course) movies. From Lon Chaney, Charles Dance, and even Robert Englund (yes, even Freddy Krueger played a gruesome Phantom), and let’s not forget the plays. Say what you will about Andrew Lloyd Webber, the music is awesome!

    4) I do an excellent version of Ed Grimely’s Triangle Solo. Self-explanatory…

    5) I have a hard time eating anything in this world that doesn’t call for black pepper. It’s a love affair that will never die.

  • Mel says:

    Seriously you guys! You are all so awesome! I’ve loved reading your lists — what a totally community we’ve got going here. Thank you so much for your honesty and humor and supportive spirit. I’m so fortunate to have you best-quality people in my orbit.

    For real. Thank you.

  • Brittany says:

    Mel, this is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m sharing my five – I also posted this on the blog I share with my college girlfriends in hopes they’ll join in the fun, too. Looking forward to the next lists!

    1. I CANNOT misspell a word. It doesn’t matter if I’m drunk, exhausted, or don’t even care about the work – I will spell it correctly. I’ll probably correct your text messages, too.

    2. I’m unafraid to be silly. I’ll dance in my pedicure flip-flops through a restaurant or be the first to chase little kids around the house on my hands and knees. Being goofy brings me joy.

    3. I’m obsessive. I latch on to things that interest me and make them mine. A few favorites: Celine Dion, The Incredibles, Ruby Jewel Scoops (a local ice cream shop), Spokane.

    4. When I’ve decided I’m going to do something, I get it done: bringing a famous mountain climber to my grade school, traveling to Spain, joining a CrossFit gym. My convictions are strong.

    5. I roll with the punches. I think this has evolved from my sense of wonder and my journalistic background. I’m great at hanging out with anyone and game for most anything, even if my preference is the exact opposite. This has led me to see Monster-in-Law in the movie theater.

  • Jeannine says:

    1. I love that I cook every day for my family. I strive to buy local when able, & always natural and/or organic, unprocessed “real” foods. I have fallen in love with cooking. My time in the kitchen is no longer a burden, it is a fun escape & I gain satisfaction from making happy tummies.

    2. I love being stronger at 42 than I was at 32 or 22. I can pick up my 40 lb son & tote him around as much as he wants. I can carry a gazillion bags of groceries in one round. I am pretty awesome at squats & walking lunges, skills I never thought to be proud of until recently. I run a pretty decent 5K, passing many younger persons who look a bit perplexed.

    3. I love that I can sing almost every Billy Joel song by heart. When I meet another person who can do the same, it thrills me beyond belief.

    4. I love my awesome cackle. Many have made fun of my laugh throughout the years, so much I used to reign it in at times. No more. Deal with the cackle, it happens a lot, which means I am often happy and amused by life in general. That’s a good thing.

    5. I love that I birth pretty babies. Of course I think they are beautiful, I would be a crappy mom if I didn’t think that. When total strangers give you kudos for great looking kiddos, that’s pretty cool.

  • Hey Mel! I really LOVE this series of posts! I’m going to take a page out of your book (to go along with the many other pages of your book that I’ve already taken) and do this exercise on my blog too! I think it’s something from which everyone can benefit. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Mel says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying them… I really am, too! In fact, it’s time to do the next one soon. Thanks for playing along!