Say YES to Your Strengths

April 2nd, 2014 at 6:06 am

Say YES to your strengths!

It’s rare that I go more than four or five days without sharing a new recipe or some other super healthy tidbit with you guys, so the fact that I haven’t posted in over a week has sort of shocked me!

What have I been up to? Well, the quote above says it all. Gotta love Oprah. :)

I’ve been dreaming big lately, freaking myself out in the process, and mustering up the courage to try what I call some “whoa stuff.” The sort of stuff that’s making me say “Whoa! Can I even do this?” before I even get started.

Over the past week, I’ve cried a lot…sometimes for reasons beyond my comprehension. It’s a girl thing, maybe? Who knows. What I do know is that building a business is hard work. It’s scary work. It’s all consuming work. It’s the kind of work that fills me up with an uncomfortable mix of excitement, fear, worry, eagerness, and plenty of whoa moments.

Sometimes I forget that I’m 22 years old. There are days where I feel way older, like a tired out spinster in need of a nap with her cat (or dog, in my case). And then there are days where I feel way younger, like I’m just a kid with a wild pipe dream.

But I’m grateful that at this age, I know my strengths and I’m well aware of my weaknesses. I know where I thrive and where I stumble. It’s going to take a lifetime for me to figure out how to get in more of the thrive and less of the stumble, but I’m willing to try.

Over the past week, I’ve been focusing on saying YES to my strengths. I’m a pro at zeroing in on my weaknesses and faults with laser precision, but that kind of attitude books me a first class ticket on the Negativity Train—which is certainly not my preferred mode of transport!

Negative thoughts breed negative mental environments. Cue the boo. I won’t live like that.

It takes a lot of effort for me to keep my chin up and press on when the going gets tough. Some seasons of life are just plain hard, and I have no problem admitting that this is one of them for me. It’s one of those times where I know I’ll make it through, I just don’t feel it yet.

So instead of hiding under a blanket with a plateful of super healthy cookies (the idea of which has totally crossed my mind), I’m focusing on my strengths instead. We all have skills and talents that are perfectly unique to us, fulfilled only by what we bring to the table. Why not embrace what we’ve got instead of focusing on what we lack?

I think it’s high time that we take our strengths, gather them up in one big beautiful heap, and say YES to them.

Where will they take us? That’s where faith comes in, because we just don’t know for sure and we never will. But man oh man, I’m packing my sunglasses, because the future sure looks bright from here. And the whoa moments are too many to count.

See you soon with a new recipe. :)



  1. Way to go, Hallie! I wish you every success on this journey–and yes, it’s hard to believe sometimes that you’re 22!! I only wish I had had your sense of purpose, focus and willingness to try when I was your age. I look forward to watching you soar! :D xo

  2. I started a small business and ran it for 16 years. Make sure you build in some break time for yourself. If you have never worked for another company, people get days off when they are not owners. They get vacations. You owe it to yourself to give yourself some “me” time. Don’t let work consume you!

  3. Hallie, living with food issues can send you in a tailspin. This we live daily. But I want you to know just how much you inspire me and teach me about better ways to live and eat. I remember what my Mom used to say, “this too shall pass”! Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Hugs, Geege

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