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The number 5 on a green background, formed by the absence on the caroony grasshoppers that surround the 5.“5Things” is a regular feature here on Finding 300 each Tuesday. Sara and I had the serendipitous fortune that her husband and mine grew up together–going to grade school, high school & college together, and remaining in contact long after–and therefore gave us the opportunity to become friends, and for her friendship, I am very grateful! And to top it off, her very adorable daughter, who just turned 3, is very enamored with my girls. Totally cute stuff! Oh, and appropriately enough, today’s her birthday! Here are Sara’s 5Things:

Without Jesus, or more correctly, without the faith in Jesus that was given me through my baptism, I am a failure. I am a negative. I’m a dissolving lump of protoplasm, destined to feed worms. I am a Servant of Satan. Without Jesus the Christ, I am a No!

1) But with Christ Jesus, I am something altogether different.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10)

2) With Jesus and his Holy Spirit in me, I am the light of the world. That is to say, I am part of the only Good left on earth.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

3) I cannot be destroyed by the troubles of this silly, sad, and death-bound plane because Jesus lives in me.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)

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Red 5 on glass planks“5Things” is a regular feature here on Finding 300 each Tuesday. Jennifer is my longest friend, because we’ve known each other since she was born (our parents became friends back in high school and are still close). When she was a freshman and I was a sophomore in high school, we discovered that we weren’t just family-friends, but soul sisters…although there are times when we’ve gone quite a while between connecting, we can always pick up right where are and not miss a beat.

When I was asked to describe five things that I like about myself, I’d like to be modest and say it was difficult, but the words sort of poured right out of me.  I hope that doesn’t sound vain. The truth is that I am pretty comfortable with who I’ve become. I’m in my 30’s now, and even though there are still some things I’d like to work on, I am quite pleased with myself. It wasn’t always that way. It was a journey of self-discovery that was filled with ups and downs. Here are my five things…

1. I am filled with empathy for others. Empathy is the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes to understand their point of view, even when you don’t think the same way they do. This is one of my favorite qualities about myself. Because of my empathy, I am a good listener and a good friend. Empathy also allows me to excel as a marketer.

2. I am highly creative. I am a “right brain-left brain person” with a tilt toward the right brain. Creativity oozes out of me in so many ways. There are the more obvious forms, like the creativity I demonstrate through my scrapbooks or my writing, and the less obvious forms, like creative problem solving on the fly – both at home and at work! I like to look at a situation and then look again – thinking differently about something is key.  So call it open-mindedness or call it creativity, I have it and I am happy to use it for good!

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Number 5 address plate on an old stucco building“5Things” is a regular feature here on Finding 300 each Tuesday. Margaret is my cousin, (and Kelly’s Aunt), and a great friend to me. She’s enjoying her grown children who are blessing her with adorable grandchildren! She took up the challenge to write her 5Things very quickly, which I appreciate!

I feel daunted by this mission…I think the imperfect human-being in me has gotten used to not acknowledging my finer points…I must admit, though, that I’ve got a couple…

1) My faith I’ve got to say that being a Christian is the most important fact about me, and when I’m lost, I fall back on that to remind me what direction I must go. Jesus is my compass and my comfort.

2) I am a musician Give me an instrument and I’ll learn to play it, open my mouth and let me sing, especially when it’s with a group! My ear is well-tuned to pitch and my body knows tempo. It’s a complete joy for me to make music.

3) I feel words deeply Yes, this can have a negative effect when the words are hurtful, but words can make my heart soar too. Let me hear an “I Love You” and I am good-to-go no matter what.

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5 made out of the same material as flip-flops“5Things” is a regular feature here on Finding 300 each Tuesday. Kelly is my cousin’s daughter, but I’m closer in age to Kelly than her mom. It’s fun to get to be the cool-ish older cousin, because hanging out with Kelly is a lot of fun.

Unlike the last guest poster, I immediately found the task of finding 5 things I really like about myself rather daunting when Katie asked me to post. I’ve never been a terribly confident person, but I agreed to do this because I know the importance of loving myself, especially in a world that constantly bombards women (and men) with the idea that we’re not good enough. If we were, why would we need the latest this or that? But I digress.

1) My spirit I started with this one because today is a day that I need to constantly remind myself of the tenacity inside of me. I write this post from the school library during my lunch break of my first day of classes after a semester off. I’ve given myself the challenge of 15 credits this semester while only attending classes 2 days a week and working the other days of the week. I know that I can do this; my fighting spirit means that I will try not only to survive the semester, but make it my best semester at UWM thus far in terms of academics (not my strong suit in previous years). Each class today is a stressful, daunting overview of the work I’m going to have to put in over the next 15 weeks, but I will prevail!

2) My creativity It took me 3 years of college and 4 changes of major to realize that my creativity is one of the strongest characteristics of my personality and that I wanted to make a career of it. As an art student, lapses in creative inspiration terrify me, but the high I get when it all comes flooding back at once is the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.

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Sculpture of a number 5“5Things” is a regular feature here on Finding 300 each Tuesday (starting today).  I really appreciate that Shelley was game to be the first “5Things” guest blogger.  In Shelley’s own words, “I’m windy as hell,” but I love what she has written here.  And if you like what she writes, definitely go check out 1–or all 3–of her blogs, all of which are good reading and informative!  {Links at the end of the post.}

I originally thought that Katie’s task to write five things that I liked about myself was a pretty easy request until I sat down to start framing the jottings that I had placed down on paper. My life (probably like everyone else’s) is full of contradictions: I have spent most of my life as an overweight woman, but I’m pretty damn healthy and enjoy things like hiking and have participated in four 5Ks. I am a hard worker, but I left an industry that I loved and I was near the top of my game to pursue a relationship with the man whom I eventually married. I consider myself a writer, but I’ve been working on the same novel in fits and spurts for over five years.

But despite my contradictions – I’m thrilled to participate in this … so here goes:

1) I love my legs. Unlike the founder of this blog, I don’t have the greatest ankles on the face of this earth, but these legs have walked all over the world. When I was 20 and a junior in college, I had the opportunity to spend six months studying in Malta as part of a study abroad program hosted by my college. To be blunt, on that January evening when I boarded a flight on Icelandair, my legs almost didn’t want to walk down the hallway towards the plane, but after those moments of sheer fear, my legs found themselves in Reykjavik, London, Rome, Israel, Tunisia, Amsterdam, Paris … not to mention the neighborhoods that I called “home” in Malta for the six months when I was a resident on that Mediterranean island. Domestically, these legs have found me in other amazing locales – many wonderful hikes around the Midwest, random road trips with friends and family … I am so lucky for the ability to be mobile. I do not take it for granted.

2) I like my independent spirit. “I am proud that I raised such an independent daughter,” my mom once said to me, “but to be honest, there are days where I wonder if I did a little too good of a job.” My mom said that to me sometime in my 20s. Read the rest of this entry »