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What’s Awesome About You?

I am intelligent. I am kind. I am loving. I am compassionate.

Are you telling yourself how awesome you are?

“I AM” are two of the most powerful words that we can say.  On their own, those two simple words connect us with our natural state of being, our higher power, our oneness with source, consciousness and all creation.  When those two words are added to others, we identify with these words and what we choose to put after them creates our present moment, defines our reality, potentially our tomorrow and our future, good or bad.  It’s so common for us to say negative things about ourselves, to have a negative tape playing in our head. What happens if we switch that out?

I received this insight in the middle of the night (which is when I get a lot of my insight) and became aware of this several years ago. I decided to put it into practice. As I went to sleep, if I woke up in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning, I kept a list handy of empowering I AM statements that I would say to myself. After the ones above, I would come up with some that I didn’t necessarily feel comfortable with, but was willing to work on such as “I am courageous. I am a pioneer. I am creative.  etc.”

Believe me, I’m not coming from a place of being boastful! This is really about the conversation we’re having with ourselves in our head.  I may not feel comfortable saying them publicly, but I’m doing it here so that if you struggle with this, you too can feel that it’s really okay to feel good about yourself. I started with the things that I knew and could feel with ease and then added on some that other people described me as but I didn’t necessarily believe myself at that time.

When I started on the healing journey, I didn’t feel too good about myself.  One of the greatest challenges that I’ve overcome in my life is the ability to be able to accept a compliment.  When someone gives us a compliment about a quality that they see in us, then we can accept that it’s possible for us to see it too.  Then we can look to see what evidence there is to confirm its validity and create an I AM statement from there.
So, here’s an example of how I rewrote one of my I AM statements. My story was I AM NOT creative. I never felt that I was creative. I was comparing myself to people who are incredibly talented like my sister, Kathy, or my best friend Diane, who can transform any room and make anything look beautiful or my two nieces, Megan and Rebecca, who are amazing artists. But when I took a look at what creativity is, I was able to see that I wrote my book Choose to Live.  People who didn’t know me told me that I’m a great storyteller and that they were drawn in immediately, and they laughed and cried and were inspired and empowered and they couldn’t put my book down.  Many told me they stayed up all night to finish it. From there I was able to see that maybe I was a storyteller.  I was then able to see that writing is creative and, therefore, I could now see that I was actually creative.  It might not have been what I was looking at as my original perception of creative or someone else’s version of creative, but it was mine.

Have you experienced anything like that? 

What’s the tape that that’s playing in your head?  Is it empowering or dis-empowering? If we go a step further, we can follow our “I AM’s” with what’s awesome about ourselves. And when you’re saying something that’s really awesome about you, you want to start with something that gets you excited…something that just comes naturally to you and that feels really good when you say it.
It’s not like it’s always comfortable for us to say good things about ourselves. But these are the things that are going to move us forward and have us feeling good about ourselves. And  it’s one thing to say it to myself every night, in the middle of the night, or every morning. It’s another thing to say it publicly, like I just did.

But it brings up an important point I want to emphasize. For any of you who are scared and feeling uncomfortable, it’s okay. There are things we’re good at and there are things we’re not good at. There are things that are our blessing and there are things that are not our blessing. And it’s okay to have both. Maybe you’re an awesome teacher, but not so great at cooking. It’s a blessing to be an awesome teacher! You don’t have to be good at cooking, but you can go take lessons or say, “I’m not good at cooking. But I’m great at other things” and look at all the amazing things you’re good at within being a teacher. It comes from a place of kindness to yourself instead of a place of beating yourself up. You can’t be good at everything! But you can be really good at what you’re really good at!
That’s where our confidence and our self-esteem lie. So that’s something I do with my kids, I remind them to pay attention to what they’re good at. There’s a shift that takes place when you can start doing that. And it goes beyond just confidence. It’s breaking through being okay with saying that you’re really good at something AND that you’re not good at something. You just don’t feel bad about it. Do you see the difference it makes?

So ask yourself what your “I AM’s” would be and what makes YOU awesome. If that’s tough for you, ask some friends or family what they see in you.  Once you really start thinking about it, you will find even more things.  And before you know it, they become your reality just like they became mine.  You might even surprise yourself as to how truly awesome you really are!!!  Eventually, if you haven’t already experienced this, you will say I AM without anything following it and it will become a knowing, you will realize that the “I AM” is the essence of who you are.

Oh and by the way, you are soooo awesome!!!!

Black Bean Quinoa
2 c. Quinoa
4 c. Veggie broth
2 scallions
2 cans black beans
1/4 c. Tomato sauce
1 tomato sliced
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Mexican seasoning
1 tbsp Safflower oil
1 handful of cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of salt + 1/4 tsp. salt
1. In a large pot, put 2 cups of quinoa in 4 cups of veggie broth with a pinch of salt,
cook until all of the quinoa has soaked up the broth
2. In a pan, sauté 2 chopped scallions in a tablespoon of safflower oil
3. In a different large pot, mix 2 cans of rinsed black beans, a tablespoon of cumin. A
teaspoon of Mexican seasoning. ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ cup of tomato sauce, and ¼
cup of water. Let this simmer for 20 minutes
4. Slice up one tomato, a handful of cilantro, and the juice of half a lime and put this
into the quinoa
5. Finally, put the beans into the quinoa mixture and mix well.



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