My 10 Favorite TV Shows


Ok, I’m not saying these shows are necessarily the greatest in the whole world (but this is definitely is a personal list by me, Jamie, so to me they kinda are.) But I AM SAYING that I get the most joy, feel the most excitement, laugh the hardest, and rewatch these the most, out of just about any other TV show I’ve seen. That’s why they’re my favorites!

So, here’s my top 10 favorite tv series (that exclude anime.) I love so many other shows (anyone want an “Honorable Mentions” post?) that this was hard to boil down at first. But let’s give it a try.😉

10. Castle

Castle: Crime Comedy Drama, 8 Seasons, 2009-2016.
I’ve seen the first seven seasons and I loved every minute of it. Crime plus comedy plus drama plus Nathan Fillion? What’s not to love?! I’ve rewatched different parts of this series multiple times to prepare for each new season and it just never gets old. Castle and Becket are just one of those wonderful peanut butter and jelly duos, with such wonderful development. Then there’s fun engaging murder mysteries and drama galore. Add in a super duper lovable cast of secondary characters, and you have one of my favorite TV shows of all time!!❤ And did I mention Nathan Fillion? ^_^ He’s every writer and like every ENFP; so I relate and enjoy him greatly!

9. Family Guy

Family Guy: Animated Sitcom, 14 Seasons, 1999-Present.
It’s my guilty pleasure show, get over it.😄😉 But seriously, I actually really love Family Guy more than is good for me. Stewie Griffin is easily one of my favorite fictional characters of all time too. Despite the fart jokes and some idiocy, the early seasons were actually genuinely funny and even smart which is what hooked me in the first place. And bow to Seth MacFarlane: so many different voices–would you believe Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, and Brian Griffin were all him?! Sure, the show sometimes has tasteless jokes and is sometimes more liberal than I care for: it’s not for everyone and I don’t condone everything that’s in it. But Family Guy brought me a lot of joy when I need a good laugh and it still makes me laugh. Overall, it’s funny, it’s stupid, it’s even self-aware, but I love it for all those reasons.

8. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Horror Drama, 6 Seasons, 2010-Present.
Oh wow yes. I remember catching up with the first three seasons and loving every minute of it. I’ve been a faithful viewer every year since. It made me a zombie fan, while a redneck with wings on his back stole my heart. The thing that I’ve always loved about The Walking Dead is that it’s more than guts and blood and zombie gore. It’s a story about people; survivors, people from all walks of life banding together to fight the dead…and the those more dangerous than the dead. The show has its lovers and haters, but I definitely love this show. It’s just one that I will always take the time to watch every night it comes out so it’s not spoiled. I’m incredibly invested in the characters who’ve survived the passing of time. I love it!

7. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: Historical Period Drama, 6 Seasons, 2010-2015.
Just like Castle, I’ve rewatched seasons multiple times as new seasons were released. It’s incredibly addicting and enjoyable, full of amazing dialogue and memorable, loveable, and even incredibly dislikeable characters, ever. I’m not a period geek, but this is definitely one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen hands down. While it had it’s ups and downs, its still one of the very best out there. It even had a solid final season which I was very pleased with! It’s a show my mom and I can talk about forever, analyzing the characters and their many choices. Due to it being so addicting and rewatchable, I’m sure I’ll be replaying it beginning to end for many many years to come!

6. Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: British Mystery Drama, Original Release 1989-2013.
Yes, this show was created over 24 year span and wow it’s wonderful. Nearly every single novel and short story written by Agatha Christie about the famous detective Hercule Poirot was adapted. David Suchet as Poirot is stunning. I’ve loved this show since my early teen years! Poirot and his companions Captain Hastings, Cheif Inspector Japp, and Miss Lemon, feel like actual family members to me; uncles and aunts whom I feel safe and happy with. The show’s early seasons are hour length episodes of all sorts of crimes with some wonderful humor. As it progressives, it gets more dark as Poirot ages, and we loose some of our main cast. But it’s still wonderful, with even a good conclussion. I can’t recommend it more; I rewatch different episodes all the time because it’s a comfort to me. Poirot is my family.❤

5. Modern Family

Modern Family: Sitcom Mockumentary, 7 Seasons, 2009-Present.
We’re in the top five; the best of the best and yet five seems too low to rank Modern Family at. My family and I have rewatched this series so many times AND WOW, IT HAS NEVER ONCE GOTTEN LESS FUNNY. Hands down on the best comedies there is. So many stereotypes turned on their head to create such real, relatable, HYSTERICAL characters. Gloria is one of my role models for womanhood, and Mitchel and Cameron are two of the best characters from TV ever. EVER. There are few character duos funnier than them. The show is relatable and loveable and DID I SAY FUNNY? Especially those first four seasons: such gold! This show will be a favorite of mine for the rest of my life because it’s never not funny, no matter how many times I watch it. And it always makes me happy.❤

4. Sherlock

Sherlock: Crime Drama, 3 Seasons, 2010-Present.
This was my favorite show for a very long time and I still hold it near and dear to my heart. Sherlock Holmes: he’s my favorite fictional character of all time and has been for most of my life. I’m incredibly protective of him and Doyle’s original stories. So, BBC’s Sherlock is one of the few adaptations of him that I actually love; there is so much homage to the original works, and the character was adapted well to fit modern times. And Martin Freeman as John Watson is phenomenal; John is such a hugely important character to these stories (the main narrator in the books) and Martin and the writers nail him. The mysteries are fantastic, the soundtrack amazing, the humor wonderful; it’s a treat of a TV show and we’re so blessed to get a new season every two years. And as an intimate Sherlock Holmes fan, this show leaves I’m a proud and happy fan.❤

3. Frasier

Frasier: Sitcom, 11 Seasons, 1993-2004.
You should have noticed by now how important and highly esteemed I hold my comedies. Frasier is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen:  I’ve rewatched it in its entirety three solid times and its yet to be any less funny. It’s one of the most consistently funny series’ you’ll be lucky to find, full of intelligent and witty dialogue delivered by the most loveable, hysterical cast of characters ever. Sometimes I want to just move to Seattle and become a part of the Crane family even though I don’t drink coffee and wine and listen to opera.😄 Niles Crane, especially, is one of the most brilliantly enjoyable, hysterical, and loveable characters I’ve ever witnessed on my screen. I can’t recommend this show more highly! It’s brought me so much joy and it’s one of my happy places. There’s just nothing quite like an episode of Frasier! It’ll FOREVER be one of my favorite shows!❤

2. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Fantasy Drama, 6 Seasons, 2011-Present.
I FREAKING LOVE THIS SHOW, OK?! With a passion. And it’s story and characters were so worth watching around all the mature sexual content. It’s just one of those stories where you can truly fear for your favorite character’s life every episode, which I think is so rare. The twists and shocks, the fantasy, the drama, the death, the hope: Game of Thrones is so much. As a writer, it’s something I wish I could write. Every year, one of the biggest highlights for me is when a new season comes out. If I were to ever get a quote tattoo, that quote would come from the mouth of Tyrian Lannister–that should say a lot right there. As a lover of excellent storytelling, solid character development, and dragons, this will forever remain one of my most favorite stories of all time. It’s up there with epic sagas like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I have such high hopes for the final two seasons!❤

1. The Office.

The Office: Sitcom Mockumentary, 9 Seasons, 2005-2013.
Truly, on its own, this is a brilliantly hysterical mockumentary; it’s genuinely one of the funniest shows with one of funniest casts you’ll ever find. But this is number one for a personal reason. This show saved my sanity during one of the darkest times of my life: when I didn’t even feel safe in my own home, I discovered The Office. It gave me laughter, distraction, and amusement that saved me from depression. Of all these shows that I hold so so dearly, The Office rests, and most likely will rest forever, at the top of my list for the joy it gave and still gives me to this day. It never gets old, no matter how many times I watch (as long as I exclude those last two seasons; they don’t exist to me.) Jim and Pam and Dwight and Michael Scott will always be family to me; the whole Office will always be family to me. And without first watching The Office, I wouldn’t even have found Modern Family or my other favorite comedies like Parks and Recreation and Arrested Development and Seinfeld and Fraiser. It brought me so much laughter. There are few things in life I value more than laughter.❤

Which of my favorite shows have you seen? Do you love them just as much as I do? (and anyone wondering WHY IS BREAKING BAD NOT HERE–that’s because I haven’t finished it yet.😄 I promise I will one day.)

~Jamie

I Found A Job At Dairy Queen


Eight happy ice cream cones! Even done in watercolor they look so tempting.:

The day after my 22nd birthday, I climbed on my bike with my purse full of resumes and biked down the closest biggest main street in search of a job. My plan was just to pedal up, walk in and ask. It was ridiculously hot even at 10 in the morning. And I was terrified. But I badly needed a job; I had rent to begin paying to my mother and money for a future car insurance too; my savings would drain away fast with these charges. But with the helping push of my best friend, I picked a day: the day after my birthday, to be the day I’d bike to the nearest places and see if they were hiring. Just as a start.

My first few choices, which included Dairy Queen, were still closed, so I kept pedaling. Taco Bell handed me something to fill out; then I hit the next door Dennys. The Denny’s manager interviewed me on the spot and he, who expected me to be able to work all hours of the night, told me to come back the next day to interview with the second manager and begin immediately as a waitress. I felt good about that; at least it was something, and I was exhausted. So I started back home.

And I nearly pedaled past the Dairy Queen again. I’d left my information there on a previous day, and had inquired a second time to no avail. But there it was: it really was my first choice of a place to work. It was the closest, I felt most comfortable with the idea of working there, and I just had a gut feeling about it. Just a huge gut feeling. I really wanted to work there. And you know what guys; I nearly pedaled past it because, eh, I basically had the job at Dennys. That’s what I first thought.

All you need is ice-cream xx:

But then I circled back. I walked in; the owner told me to come back at noon for an interview. So at noon I came back and a girl my age went over some things with me and then asked: “Could begin tonight around 6?” I grinned, “Yes I can.” I walked out, called my mom and said, “I got the job! I start tonight!” It was one of the best feelings.

So at 6 that very same night, I filled in paperwork, was given a uniform, and started my first night in Dairy Queen.

That was nearly two weeks ago. It feels even longer to be honest. So much of my life has changed just by having a job I have to go in for like that, with a uniform to keep clean and coworkers I’m not related to to get along with. But it’s been good! And wow, 22 year old me kicked butt fast–got a job in less than 24 hours.😄 That’s the story.

Nah, to be honest, I was terrified as heck riding my biking down that street. But my self confidence rose tenfold by the end of the night by getting a job and working that same day. Just wow.

I love this job.

I’m very happy and I feel very blessed to have gotten the starter job of my choice. I’m not sure how that happened, just like that. I don’t know if I badgered myself into it or if they were just desperate for more help and hired me. But either way, I’m incredibly thankful. I get to work with ice cream, people!

I Scream Ice Cream — Treasures & Travels:

That first night I started to learn where everything was, and what my job was between cleaning the dining room and memorizing recipes for blizzards. I watched Matthew make several banana splits and learned how to work the blizzard machines. They were a bit scary at first, so loud and fast, but I can handle them now. I’m still learning new stuff everyday. I like it though. I like watching the ice cream churn into the cup, and spooning oreos and sauce, and holding the cup upside down by the window for costumers.

Drive thru is the best part though, to be honest. I don’t know why I love doing the drive through so much. Somehow talking to people, writing down orders, and punching it into the register is hardly stressful. I like handing bags out to people too and using my happy genuine voice to say “you have a great night!” or whatever I feel needs to be said to different people. I like people, so it’s fun being happy for them that they’re here for ice cream, you know what I mean? But the other day Ed and I shook our heads over someone who just couldn’t be happy. I said, “How can you be upset, you’re getting ice cream for crying out loud.” and he said, “I know right?! If you’re bringing drama to Dairy Queen, you either need vodka or a long sleep.” We almost died laughing.😄

However, the seemingly unmentioned, biggest part about the job, besides actually creating food, stocking things, working under intense pressure (which I actually can handle really well, I’ve not been badly stressed out yet) and wiping down tables and windows—is the teamwork.

Wow, it is incredibly interesting and intriguing slowly meeting and working with so many different kinds of people. A lesebian couple, a mother and daughter, a sixteen year old, ect ect ect: I’m working with so many different kind of people at the same time. In many ways, my job feels more like being able to work and get along with and listen to my fellow workers then creating blizzards and Orange Julius’s. And wow, what a difference a different pairing of workers can make in the level of stress and smoothness during a rush hour. Just good golly Miss Molly.😄

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/213095319/soft-serve-ice-cream-cone-print-from:

I’ve tried incredibly hard to be open to correction without talking back, to arrive to work ON TIME, to be quick to jump to do anything the boss or my coworkers ask of me, and to ask questions when I don’t understand something. Thankfully, I can already tell my strategy is working to my favor, as I’ve yet to piss off anyone.😄 LOL I have two older coworkers acknowledge my hard work and dependability after working only a couple shifts with me, and that made me really happy. The younger kids seem to not mind teaching me and helping me remember what goes into which blizzards.

It’s truly been an incredible learning curve and experience but I think I’m already a better person after working there just under two weeks. Outside of maybe one person, I enjoy working with everyone. I’ve found my strength in adaptability helps make moving with the flow really give me an advantage not to cave under the pressure of so much newness. There have been some really high levels of stress during rush hours too, but somehow I’ve yet to snap back at anyone, or feel overwhelmed. Stressed, oh sure. But not to the point of “I hate this, I can’t do this.”

Tonight, I got my first paycheck! My boss hollered at me from her office while I was leaving the walk in fridge with the oreo container; she handed me a piece of paper and I got so excited when I saw my check. Later as I was leaving I thanked her for hiring me and wondered if I was doing a good job. All she said was, “Yep, you are.” But coming from her, that made me happy.

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/185889249/ice-cream-cone-pink-and-white-food:

So, if you’ve wondered where I’ve been since my birthday, there’s your answer. At Dairy Queen. Learning a crap ton of stuff and enjoying it! I’m tired a lot now; I work mostly night shifts (though thankfully I’m almost always home before midnight) and between standing up for hours on end and then all the clean up, it leaves me tired. My adrenaline doesn’t go down, so I end up staying up till one in the morning before I get sleepy, like I am right now.😄 I’m covering another girl’s shift tomorrow from late afternoon to early evening, and then will have to work again on Sunday. If you’re in the neighborhood, drive by and see me. I might be sticking my head out the window.😉

I’m looking forward to the challenge of working hard and learning hard, not stepping on my boss’s toes, and learning more and more. All in all, I’m so thankful I got this job. And I really do love it. I’m working with ice cream after all. What’s so bad about that?😉❤

~Jamie

15 Memorable Things I’ve Learned Being 21


As my 22nd birthday approaches with the Sunday sunrise, I figured I should reflect on different experiences, thoughts, and lessons learned during my 21st year while I’m still 21.

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1 Potato chips aren’t necessary for life to go on. Tightening my budget means cutting out unnecessary crap, and that has included chips. *sobs* However, I’m learning that while the cravings are tough, life moves on.

2 I learned I have a passion for helping people help themselves. I go over this in depth in this post, but it was amazing to find my personal calling this past year! Knowing what I love to do is so freeing!

3 I can drive a car. I’m still learning, and sometimes it’s still a little scary. but it is possible.

4 Perspective is a curious thing. Everyone’s reality is a little different; its something I’ve pondered throughout the year or observed through interaction. How people see the world, how they see themselves, how they see me. To some people, I am little more than a name. To others, I am their entire world: that’s mind-blowing.

5 I can get an A in math if I WORK for it. Ugh I hate math, but I got an A for it last semester. My best friend was a gracious, incredibly patient tutor (I’m still so sorry I can’t do math in my head, James) and I studied A LOT. Hirasawa and Enya saved my sanity at times too while I did homework. And I got an A!

6 I learned my intelligence wasn’t solely based on my math skills. It turns out there’s a Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and I’m actually incredibly smart in interpersonal, musical, intrapersonal, and linguistic intelligence. Major confidence booster there, lemme tell ya.

Disney Jazz is a wonderful thing. Just ugh. <3<3<3<3<3<3

Mickey Mouse <3:

8 The strangest yet most beautiful souls ride the bus every day. I saw so many different individuals on my bus route. The I-think half intoxicated woman getting home who was so proud of her daughter’s academic accomplishments. The older woman who smelled of buttermints when she walked by. The girl wearing an anime shirt, and the teenager with the Star Wars hoodie. The transgender man, the two elementary aged children, the people lost and finding their way, the people who gave their seats to others. Even the ex-convict who I spent 30 minutes chatting with at my stop. Such an array of souls.

9 Facebook can be enjoyable when you take control of it. I for real learned this, and while it might sound silly, it was very fun making my feed more positive. I took re control of several of my social networks during the last year and it was very freeing.

10 I lost 8 pounds riding my bike to school. At the beginning of the year biking that three-quarters of a mile to my school, it felt like such a long trek. In a couple months, my breathing was better, my endurance stronger, my legs were more powerful. Forced exercise is the best.

11 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. This anime is one of the most enjoyable, crazy, hysterical, intense stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and I’m so glad I caught up with the series this past year. Time worth spent lemme tell ya. Also now I have a poster of Joseph Jostar on my wall, handsome devil.😄

12 My self-confidence grew, slowly but surely. I learned I could take public transportation regularly and be ok. I learned I could still fly across the country on my own and be ok. I learned I’m loved exactly as I am and that I should love myself the way I am too. I learned I have incredible strengths worth growing. I learned that hardships are often times neverending but I can survive them bit by bit.

13 Communication is hard but worthwhile. I poured everything I had into communicating consciously and as clearly as I could with my best friend to make our meeting in May a success. The result was a trip I’ll never forget and all that communicating was completely worth it!

14 I won ten dollars from a lottery ticket. That was really fun.😄

15 I need music like I need air. I really came to terms with how influential, necessary, and engaging music is for me. I love exploring music, using it to process my states of emotion, and writing about it. Often times, music is the way I survive: The long waits for the bus or the times when my brain gets so loud that I have pump it through my ears for hours on end outside late into the night. It’s how I bike to school and walk the dogs and wash the dishes. It feels good acknowledging its importance and my own confidence in my taste.

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Tomorrow I’m going to the Rainforest Cafe for my birthday lunch and mall shopping, and then hopefully I’ll get to skype with my best friend for the afternoon. Right now, I’m just back from seeing Finding Dory as well! Hopefully, it’ll be a chill, happy birthday!❤

~Jamie

 

Currently: Baking in the Kitchen


Libelle illustration:

Currently listening: to the One Outs original soundtrack. Stupidly fun to listen, so funky and cheeky.❤

Currently sitting: at the kitchen table facing into the living room, and moving back and forth with the oven baking chocolate chip banana muffins.

Currently liking: the Grammarly extension for Google Chrome! It’s so much better than the WordPress proofreader–ugh.

Currently drinking: lots of water, still. It’s freaking hot out there and it’s refusing to rain in my neighborhood, so I’m continuing to suffer. Gotta stay hydrated!😄

Currently writing: more often my second blog, Jamie Talks Anime. It feels good to be back! I gave it a new layout too, and for some reason, that’s really brought back my motivation to write again! Feels awesome!

Currently watching: Frasier, on the living room TV:”Ham Radio”, one of my favorite episodes!

Currently obsessed: with my newest third blog, My Soulmate: Music. If you remember in an earlier post I mentioned I wanted to find more ways to better express myself this year? This spontaneously became one of them! I’m posting a favorite song almost every day AND I LOVE IT.

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Currently tired: of politics. Enough. Said.

Currently excited: for my birthday this Sunday! I actually hadn’t thought about it very much this year, but my family and loved ones have been getting excited about it and now I’m excited too!

Currently scaring myself: with finding a job and practicing driving. I’m doing both at the moment. I really hope I have a job by the end of August, I’ll really need it by then. Thankfully, the driving part has been easier than expected. Left turns aren’t that bad, I just learned a trick for parking, and I successfully drove on 7 lane roads for the first time the other day! It will be very interesting when I’m comfortable enough to buy a car and can go where I like. @_@😄

Currently stuck in my head: so many songs.

Currently wishing: for rain, rain, lots of rain! I WANT IT SO BADLY.

Currently praying: that I continue to be safe while driving, that I find myself the right job, and that the right vehicle will be made available at the right time and place and price.

~Jamie

How Knowing My Strengths Helped Me Find My Life’s Purpose and Career Path


Last fall semester I took a single college class called Career Exploration for Creative Minds and it completely changed my mindset about myself and my future. Beforehand, I wasn’t sure what career truly called my name or if I even had the potential to pursue one. I was coming out of a dark time in my life and I was feeling so many insecurities.

While I learned SO MUCH that semester, today I want to talk about how I learned my purpose for life; specifically through understanding my natural strengths and how knowing them raised my self-confidence and discovered what I wanted to do with my life

You still have time.:

My professor had the entire class take StrengthsQuest, a very comprehensive online test, which in the end, out of 34 official strengths, would tell you your top five strengths with paragraphs of information about how these natural abilities helped you see the world. I’m going to go over my five now and share about each one so you can follow my final career conclusion!


1 Empathy.
“People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.”

Dr. Brené Brown #empathy:

My biggest strength is empathy. The crazy thing is, while I knew I was a very empathetic person…I’d never considered it a strength before.

Empathy is different than sympathy: feeling sympathy is feeling sorry or pity. Feeling empathy is understanding someone else’s perspective, from their shoes, from their eyes. It means being open to hear someone else’s voice. It doesn’t mean I always agree with them or condone their actions, but I do understand. I can sense their unvoiced concerns; often I can help them put their feelings into words when they previously couldn’t find the right way to express themselves. Empathy is helping people feel valued because they feel heard and understood.

Being empathetic makes me want to help others understand themselves better. I want to help people feel like they can take on their life’s difficulties. I have a way of making utter strangers feel safe enough to talk about their lives to me. I’ve met multiple, talkative people on bus routes who I could just tell: they just need someone to smile at them and be interested in them without any judgment. They just want to be heard. So that’s what I did, and I was always left feeling better afterward.

I knew I was empathetic. But it hit me hard when it came out of as the FIRST result in my test. It is a strength. That blew my mind when I realized that. It means I understand when others might not. I can really help by listening and encouraging when others might lecture and not really hear what a person is trying to say. It strengthens me because it brings me joy to help others feel valued.

2 Adaptability.

“People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.”

just go with the flow:

I’m a very in-the-moment person but I didn’t use to have a word for this. I knew my adaptability is how I survived my parents’ divorce, by quickly being able to adapt to the major life changes that happened. However, I also understood that this strength, living in the moment, means I find joy in so many small things that a lot of people miss because they’re so busy looking at the future. I just live naturally in the present. I can also communicate and adjust to other people easily because I can adapt to the needs in the room. Being adaptable means that I naturally understand that life is ever changing; I might not like change sometimes, but I can respond to it without falling to pieces, generally.

It was very comforting to learn this is an actual strength of mine. I’ve lived with “planners” and “futuristic” people forever, and despite their good intentions, I’ve often felt completely misunderstood by them for being myself; for living and reacting as life happens IN THE NOW. It’s who I am. Both sides have their positives of course, but learning this about myself has made me more confident in how I was made to be.

3 Maximizer.

“People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.”

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Ok, I didn’t understand this one right away. But when I did, I felt like I suddenly understood another side of myself that I didn’t even realize was there before. Ultimately, it means I’m very good at pinpointing the good in anything (people, projects, etc) and then drawing out that good to make it great. Once I understood what this was, I saw this pattern all over my life. It’s my third biggest strength. Ultimately, it is often how I view others too.

Being a Maximizer means I can accept other people just as they are and work with them in that place. I can find what’s special about them that’s different from anyone else. I like to help people feel inspired about those things that make them special. It often helps me find the good in projects too, or how to make decent situations become great situations with a little tweaking. It’s a unique strength, maximizing what’s already good. When I recognized this within myself, on top of Empathy and Adaptability, it really began to show me what I wanted to do with my life.

4 Ideation.

“People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas.They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.”

#quotes #intelligence #imagination The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.:

Oh yes, I knew this about myself, but I’d always seen it as a flaw rather than strength. I love ideas; just sometimes I’m much better at coming up with them then I am with carrying them out. But I’m trying to learn to accept this about myself and that if I work with the right people, others can benefit from my ideas and help me execute them.

Being strong in Ideation means that I’m a creatively minded person who can solve problems, be original, bring fresh ideas to the table; all things which I didn’t realize can often be valued in certain work settings. It means I enjoy discussions with rich vocabularies or complex thoughts. It means I’m a little quirky, but in the right places, it is something sometimes desperately needed. I love coming up with ideas, thinking about ideas, getting the ball rolling in an abstract way; those “what ifs.” I can see and connect things others can’t.

I love embracing that I love ideas, connecting things, creating things, exploring my own smarts. I love owning that part of myself now.

Last but not least: this final strength specifically changed how I saw myself:

5 Positivity.

“People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are gong to do.”

While I’ve seen my positivity and enthusiasm as something that has helped me survive the last several dark years, I’d NEVER. NEVER. NEVER actually considered it to be a strength. Isn’t that sad? I felt SO VALIDATED when I read about how my positivity is one of my greatest strengths in life. A part of myself that seemed taken for granted was suddenly acknowledged as something special; as something I overflow with naturally.

I aspire to be a giver. A giver of love, a giver of good vibes and a giver of strength.:

To be positive is to be enthusiastic about life. It means I find so much joy and goodness in life. It means when people ask me to share my views on things I get very excited to share my enthusiasm. It means I like to make situations more fun. I like to share that I love life: even when life REALLY SUCKS, I know there are still things to enjoy and be happy about. I like bringing that perspective to others who might be too weighed down to be excited about life.

I remember when I saw my test results for the first time. I received the list of 34 strengths with their definitions along with my top five. When I saw that Positivity was amongst those top five, I felt so…. understood. Suddenly, being positive wasn’t just something I happened to be. It happened to be SOMETHING I WAS GOOD AT. That blew me away.

Especially after having gone through such DARK times the past five years: Loosing communities, losing good friendships; my parents’ ugly separation, having to cut my own dad out of my life for being so narcissistic and controlling; feeling frightened, scarred and vulnerable; feeling betrayed by the Church; realizing I lacked a proper education and attending school for a year for my GED to fix it….And yet, I can say through ALL OF THAT I have honestly never stopped enjoying life. Sometimes it was really really hard but somehow, I still found joy in the little things. I was still able to be positive for my mother and sister and brother. I was still able to smile and laugh with my best friend. I was still able to feel and bring joy to others. It was just what I did.

But it took a test for me to realize that that was actually something very special; it wasn’t just a way to survive the dark times. Being positive when others might not be is a God-given strength. Learning that helped me feel so validated.

you learn a lot:

These strengths–being positive, full of ideas, strengthening what’s already good, being adaptable, and being empathetic–have been my weapons without me even realizing it. But now they will continue to be my weapons, sharpened, for the rest of my life.

So, from knowing my strengths, I realized what I want to be.

I want to be life coach. To be a life coach is to be someone’s cheerleader. It is adapting to the different people who come to you, helping them feel understood, helping them identify their own strengths with a unique perspective, equipping them with ideas to improve themselves, and then positively encouraging them on in their journey through life. Being a life coach is being available to help people find their purpose and then encouraging and celebrating with them as they accomplish their dreams and goals for themselves. That is what I want to do with the rest of my life.

It will be a long journey to be a real life coach; I want to get a degree in Communication, become a licensed counselor, and gain life experience that I can then bring to the job of being many different individuals’ life coach. It will take a lot of living, personal development of myself, while strengthening my natural communication and humanitarian skills. It means that right now, I can keep being the friend who encourages and is excited for you. It means I keep growing and educating myself while learning what makes people tick. It means I must become a stable person myself so that I can turn around and be a stable person for others.

That is my life’s calling, and I KNOW IT deep down in my heartt. But I only realized it when i discovered what my biggest strengths are and how they made me see the world around me. But having that understanding, that idea of a path to follow, having that confidence in who I am, is now the best feeling in the world. That was the best thing I learned during that fall semester.

"I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say 'because of you, I didn't give up.'":

My final thought for you is this: LEARN WHO YOU ARE. Recognize your weaknesses but FOCUS on your strengths: learn about them, water them, grow confident in your skin and how you tick. These strengths were given to you for a purpose. So when you know who you are and what you’re strongest at, you’ll find you know your life’s purpose too.❤

~Jamie