Day 29 - Congratulations!

We all know Health Activists are awesome. Share three things you love about yourself, things you’re great at, or just want to share. Don’t undercut or signpost!

  1. I can decorate cakes (and other similar baked goods) quite well. This is something I discovered on my older sister, Jo’s 30th birthday. She decided that she wanted an R2-D2 cake. My mom had the Wilton pan and was like, “Johannah, I am NOT going to decorate that cake for you.” And I said, “I will. Why not try?” Turns out, I wasn’t too bad at it. Since then I’ve made most of the cakes for my nieces & nephews birthdays - some using shaped cakes:

    Some freehand:
    Some cake pops:
    When I’m decorating, it’s a therapeutic thing. I can concentrate on one thing, and don’t have to worry about anything else going on because I’m so fixated on getting things just right on the cake. Next up? Making cake pops for my niece’s First Holy Confession on May 12th! :)
  2. I’m really good with kids. I have 5 nieces, 2 nephews (with another on the way!) and have been called on to babysit many times. Besides this, I am a counselor at my diocesan summer camp, so I’m working with kids all the time. And I guess the word “kids” is too restrictive, because in all honesty I like working with “youth”. At camp, I’m a counselor in the older cabins, so I work with kids age 15-18. But then again, I’m the head counselor, so I deal with all age groups. I’m also the National Sr. advisor to our Jr. youth group, and went to an Orthodox Youth Worker’s Conference down in Texas in January. I like working with kids in this context. I can keep my nieces & nephews occupied for hours, but I can also have a conversation with a 17 year old girl who is contemplating her future. I think that it’s a talent and a gift from God, and I try not to take it for granted.
  3. I’m smart. Okay, this is something that for a long time, I never wanted to say to people. I was a big nerd growing up, and have never gotten anything lower than a B+ in my life. My intelligence was never something that I wore on my sleeve, because I found that when I said that I didn’t have to study as hard or that I was able to figure out a more complex article, other people weren’t too keen on hanging out with me. But now, I say, screw it. I’m smart. I graduated from college Magna Cum Laude, in high school, I graduated 8th out of 1,072 students. (AND sang the National Anthem). I love reading, I love learning, I love fun facts and tidbits, and being the best that I can be in the world of academia. And that doesn’t make me less of a fun person to be around. And I’m not showing off, it’s just that sometimes I don’t know where the line is for other people’s knowledge base. I’ve (thankfully) gotten to the point in my life where my other friends are either brainy like me, or appreciate and like the random knowledge that I have in my head.

Be proud of yourself today! What are some things that you’re good at?