Standing Taller

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For a long time, I did not really believe in myself. I would convince myself I wasn’t that good at something, or if I was, that I would lose interest eventually.

Then I joined the team at Just.Be.Enough., with its wonderful message of standing taller, of carrying the weight of empowerment rather than of our flaws. Just what this girl needed.

For a list maker, I haven’t made one for a while, so here’s a list of how I stand taller in various aspects of my life.

  1. Believe that I can write.
  2. Believe that I can cook.
  3. Believe that I can bake.
  4. Believe that I have a decent sense of style.
  5. Believe that I am a good mother.
  6. Believe that I am a good friend.
  7. Believe that I am the best wife and friend to my husband.
  8. Believe that I am an awesome sister.
  9. Believe that I am more patient than I think I am.
  10. Believe that I am a pretty darn good blogger.

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  • September 26, 2011 jacqui

    I would like to test your claims that you can cook and bake. Please mail me a bunch of samples at the earliest possible time.

    This should also prove whether you are a good friend or not.
    jacqui recently wrote…Hint, hint…My Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      I would love to, but I suspect the postal system will not do my baked goods justice. Pictures will have to do. That, or you can take a plane ride to my neck of the woods, I’d be happy to make you dinner and dessert.

  • September 26, 2011 Elena

    For the record, I think you are one of the most amazing bloggers I know. How you comment everywhere and respond to all of the comments on posts you have written is seriously super human. One awesome thing about me? I am brutally honest. πŸ™‚
    Elena recently wrote…Finding My Way Back To My BodyMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Honesty is a wonderful characteristic. And thank you, you’re awesomely nice to say that I’m super human!

  • September 26, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    awesome list…
    I’m afraid I’m way better at telling myself how unawesome I am than the the other way around…sigh
    and I totally agree with the comment above, you are like superhuman blogger!
    Not a Perfect Mom recently wrote…Moms-They’re Better Than Dads- Vol.1My Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      I find it easier to saw how unawesome I am too, which is why doing this list is so important! And thank you, I’m hardly superhuman, but I do try!

  • September 26, 2011 Dwija {House Unseen}

    I believe you are and can do all of those things, too! You are a fabulous woman, Alison πŸ™‚
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Dweej! You are pretty fab yourself too πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Leigh Ann

    These are wonderful things to stand taller in. I’m glad you recognize this in yourself and are proud to boast about them.
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…An Attitude of Gratitude #18My Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Leigh Ann!

  • September 26, 2011 Kiddothings

    I can make people laugh.

    You ARE all that you have listed.
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      You can too!! And thank you.

  • September 26, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I think blogging has definitely helped me to become so much better too. As has motherhood. I’m with Chickie though–I must thoroughly test the baked goods in order to assess your mad skills.
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      I think you’re fab, Rach. You’re welcome to hop on over a few oceans to try my baked goods πŸ˜‰

  • September 26, 2011 Galit Breen

    Love this, girl! Cleverly done, and an oh-so-very important message!
    Galit Breen recently wrote…Playing, Just PlayingMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit!

  • September 26, 2011 Kyla

    This is great. It always amazes me at how I speak to myself. I would never say those sorts of things to a friend.
    Great post.
    Kyla recently wrote…And then I lose it…My Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Yes, exactly! Sometimes, we have to treat ourselves just as well as we treat others.

      And thank you!

  • September 26, 2011 Stasha

    I agree with number 10 with my all. And I totally trust you on the other 9. Great list Alison. Your Just.Be.Enough posts always make me feel taller!
    Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Stasha – yes, you have to trust me on the other 9, especially the cooking and baking part.

  • September 26, 2011 MangoChutney

    Sometimes it’s hard to “Just Be Enough”, but thanks for the reminder!
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      It is hard, which is why Just Be Enough is such a great site!

  • September 26, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Alison, you are all those things and more, my friend. πŸ™‚
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…I Miss SummerMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Jen, thank you so much.

  • September 26, 2011 angela

    You are all of those things, and so much more than can’t be expressed on a list. I am so sad that you are so very far away so I can’t meet you and hug you anytime soon.

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you Angela. I wish I was closer too, I’d hug your face off!

  • September 26, 2011 Carri

    I’m not sure I believe you can cook. Please send me some cookies so I can find out for myself. Mmmmkay thanks. πŸ™‚
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Okay, it’d arrive by pigeon next Thursday. πŸ˜‰

  • September 26, 2011 Bits of Bee

    Lovely list! I should print it out and put it on my mirror to boost my self confidence every morning!
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! I try to tell myself something positive daily πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Kim

    These are wonderful beliefs, spanning outside and inside and to all depths of you! I see all of them reflected of you here in your blog Alison πŸ™‚
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kim, love your comment!

  • September 26, 2011 Hopes

    Oh girly, you are all that…And THEN some!!

    I’m still trying to figure out my awesomeness. But, I do believe that I’m a good listener and friend.
    Hopes recently wrote…Life Lessons: The Little ThingsMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Oh you’re all kind of awesome, believe it!

  • September 26, 2011 tracy

    This truly is the best list ever. So wonderful. xo

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Tracy! xo

  • September 26, 2011 julie gardner

    I believe you area great list maker…
    But I suppose that was obvious.

    I also believe this whole JUST BE ENOUGH movement is fabulous.

    Especially if it makes people like you stop and think about what makes them special.

    Love it.
    Now if only I were a good list maker myself….
    julie gardner recently wrote…Today call me rootedMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      You’re a brilliant writer, one can’t have it all πŸ™‚

      Just Be Enough IS brilliant.

  • September 26, 2011 Christi

    Although I’ve never met you in person, nothing on that list surprises me about you. I’m sure you’re all that and more!
    Christi recently wrote…My Schweddy Balls Look PrettyMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Christi, I appreciate it!

  • September 26, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Yes, Mama, A.
    You are a DAMN good blogger :))) c
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you. So are you. πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Kimberly

    You absolutely are all of those things and so much more! Though I’m going to agree with the others. I’m going to need proof of the cooking and baking. πŸ˜‰
    Kimberly recently wrote…A Summer SendoffMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Just tell me what you want, I’ll send it your way. It might take a little while though πŸ˜‰

  • September 26, 2011 Robin

    Awesome! I think you are all those things.

    One awesome thing about myself… I’m good at taking care of my wee boy when he’s sick (as he was last night) even when I am desperately tired and want nothing more than to sleep.

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      That IS an awesome trait to have, Robin πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Jessica

    I’m with Jacqui. I would like to test your cooking and baking to know this for sure.
    Jessica recently wrote…What It Takes To Be A BloggerMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Sure, what would you like?

  • September 26, 2011 Alexandra

    Alison: I canNOT tell you the power of self talk and self belief.

    I tell my children every day: your brain believes what you whisper to yourself, about yourself.

    Be your own best friend…it makes ALL the difference in the type of life you’ll have.

    Loved seeing this.
    Alexandra recently wrote…The Sacred Bleeding Heart of JesusMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Love that – be your best friend. Wonderful advice, thank you Alexandra.

  • September 26, 2011 Jessica

    Bravo! I hope you put this list somewhere highly visible so it doesn’t just fade into your blog archives. I especially like that you believe you can write, since we’ve talked about whether we’re writers just because we have blogs. You definitely can write! I’m not sure about my cooking skills, but I, too, am an awesome sister. : )
    Jessica recently wrote…Where we’re fromMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! I do need to keep these Just Be Enough posts in my mind, not just in my archives. The writer part – I have to tell myself that Love that you’re an awesome sister too!

  • September 26, 2011 XLMIC

    I love your list! In fact, were I to make a list, I ought to put all the same stuff on it … except for #8 because, sadly, I don’t have a sister.

    You are so fun and funny… your tweets always catch my eye πŸ™‚

    I am an awesome goofball.
    XLMIC recently wrote…Water + Ice + Naked = AWESOME!My Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      You ARE an awesome blogger!! And funny goofball πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Catheryn

    I can’t help but to agree with all the points but I have to double agree with #10. You are undoubtedly and definitely a very PRETTY excellent blogger!! Bravo!

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Catheryn!

  • September 26, 2011 Barbara

    I agree with the entire list! And I’m pretty sure that everyone will totally agree with #10!
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara, I do try!

  • September 26, 2011 Blond Duck

    How neat! Popped in from SITS!
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for stopping by.

  • September 26, 2011 Fabulosokids Bruce

    I have always wondered why the genders approach ability so differently(warning–oversimplified stereotypes follow)–women seem to naturaly assume that they can’t do anything, and men seem to naturally assume that there is nothing that they can’t do.

    I hope that more women begin to take on the attitude that you are adopting–that although people may not be able to do things on a professional level the very first time they try, there is nothing that they can’t do, and if they want to achieve at the highest levels, there is nothing stopping them.

    Great list.
    Fabulosokids Bruce recently wrote…Summer–Monday ListiclesMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Bruce, you’re right. I do hope that with the Just Be Enough movement, women will be more confident in their own abilities.

  • September 26, 2011 Melissa

    I think that as women we tend constantly measure all that we do with a very strict criteria. We need to be proud that we took those little steps towards our goals or whatever our endeavor is. And simply believe in ourselves! Have a wonderful day!
    Melissa recently wrote…Guest Post: Healthy Living TipsMy Profile

    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Yes, you’re right Melissa. You have a great day too!

  • September 26, 2011 Erica M

    What a simple, yet bold list. Confidence is always a game changer.
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      It is indeed!

  • September 26, 2011 Natalie

    I would have to agree with all of those…you are a pretty darn good blogger! πŸ™‚
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Natalie!

  • September 26, 2011 Ilana

    And don’t forgetβ€” you can comment like nobody’s business!

    Love that you proudly displayed your new crown:)

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      I think I write more comments than blog posts!

      I am so proud of my new crown πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 a Book for My Daughter

    I loved your list, especially number 10. The way you wrote it, the simplicity of stating that you are a “pretty darn good blogger” (which is most definitely true) connected with me. I know what it is to suddenly recognize that we were a good, possibly really good, at doing something that we love. It’s powerful. Thank you.
    a Book for My Daughter recently wrote…25 Things: Nothing ChangesMy Profile

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, I find that being assertive with myself is always a good thing πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Kir

    I can’t think of one person that embodies this idea more than you. You are always to find the parts of yourself and share them with us. You’re supportive, witty, good to the core and fantastic at so many things. I know it’s hard to look at ourselves through our own lens, but I honestly believe you are MORE than enough.
    Kir recently wrote…Just Be Enough: What I Never Saw ComingMy Profile

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Kir, as always, you are generous with your words and sentiments – thank you!

  • September 26, 2011 Julie

    I’m so glad to see the Just Be Enough team helping women realize their abilities. Good on you!
    Julie recently wrote…Monday Meals: Chicken SpaghettiMy Profile

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Me too! It’s empowering, to think well of myself.

  • September 26, 2011 Sara

    I saw your comment on SITS. I’m especially digging number 10 on this list. I need to believe that more often, instead sometimes I inhibit myself from posting. It’s a process.

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Sara, thanks for stopping by. Believing in yourself is the first step in the process. Good luck!

  • September 27, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love this list! Believing in yourself is so important.

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, it is! Just Be Enough has helped me so much in that aspect.

  • September 27, 2011 Erica

    I’ll do more than that πŸ˜‰

    I believe I am going to be an amazing doula.

    I believe I am a good Mama.

    I believe I am a great wife.

    I believe I am capable of many great things.

    Love to you Alison!
    Erica recently wrote…Growing PainsMy Profile

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      I love your list, Erica! I have great confidence in you, I know you’ll make a terrific doula!

  • You are awesome, Alison!

    And as a person who has no problem admitting that she can’t cook, I would be happy to test your expertise in this area. Please mail me a month’s worth of family dinners πŸ™‚
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Send me your address, I’ll send the pigeons πŸ™‚

  • September 27, 2011 Shell

    I believe that you are fabulous. πŸ™‚
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Shell, the feeling is mutual πŸ™‚

  • September 27, 2011 Missy

    All are true. And I believe I’m happy to have found you. πŸ™‚
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      And me, you. πŸ™‚

  • September 27, 2011 Kristin

    I believe that I’m a more positive person than I used to be, and I think that’s pretty awesome. I also owe a lot of that to blogging – it’s a very positive medium.

    Off to read you at Parenting by Dummies! πŸ™‚
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      That is fabulous! Blogging is awesome, it’s helped me tremendously too.

  • September 27, 2011 Gene Pool Diva

    I believe Mom loves me best πŸ™‚

    I also believe I have B.S. covered.
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      That is a good thing to have covered πŸ™‚

  • September 27, 2011 Jessica

    What a beautiful post and message to send to your children.

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica.

  • September 27, 2011 Jackie

    Reading your list, I could feel the power with each statement. Starting each with “Believe that” demonstrates that faith in oneself,and Alison I agree.
    You are those things you write.
    Just as I
    believe that I am strong.
    believe that my parenting is from a place of good.
    believe in me.

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      I love that – believe that your parenting is from a place of good, well said!

  • September 27, 2011 kendall

    I love this. As for my strengths, I will have to get back to you… Oh! Wait! I believe I can and will make it work.
    kendall recently wrote…the evolution of human ambitionMy Profile

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Kendall, you are so freaking talented!

  • September 27, 2011 Ado

    Well I’m a writer and I think you can write. I sure envy you at being a darn good sister though – I suck at it. Total and complete alienation from my piece-of-work sister. Ha! Anyway – I love this Be Enough thing. Love it.

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      JBE is fabulous, love it. And thank you, validation for my writing is always awesome. And sucking at sisterhood? It’s a two-way thing, that.

  • September 27, 2011 JamieAnne

    What an awesome post! I believe you are fantastic!
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you JamieAnne!

  • September 27, 2011 Ann

    …I believe you are right!

    As for one positive thing about myself – I can COOK!
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Oh my YES YOU CAN!

  • September 27, 2011 Elena

    All fabulous items and very, very true. πŸ™‚
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elena πŸ™‚

  • September 27, 2011 elizabeth-flourishinprogress

    Yep, that list totally sums you up, mama.
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    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Liz!

  • September 27, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    I’m glad you now believe these things about yourself! You deserve to be appreciated – most of all by you!
    Cookie’s Mom recently wrote…Ode to SummerMy Profile

    • September 27, 2011 Alison

      That is true, thank you!

  • September 27, 2011 Jessica

    Yay for you. I love these Just Be Enough posts, makes me want to stand up and clap at my computer.
    Jessica recently wrote…Cooking Without KidsMy Profile

    • September 28, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica, you’re wonderfully encouraging.

  • September 27, 2011 Kimberly

    Oh Alison…I am so glad that i found you in this bloggy world. You are all that and then some.
    Kimberly recently wrote…Post It Note TuesdayMy Profile

    • September 28, 2011 Alison

      And I, you. You’re pretty fab yourself.

  • September 27, 2011 Valeria

    Just Be my friend and do not worry about what comes next. Love your post
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    • September 28, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Valeria, I aim to do just that.

  • September 28, 2011 Charlotte

    Sometimes it’s important that we remind ourselves of these things. And you are all that and then some πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a great week! XOXO

    • September 28, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Charlotte, and you too!

  • September 28, 2011 Frelle

    I love your list, and that you believe those to be true about yourself. A beautiful look into you πŸ™‚

    One thing that’s awesome about me: I can sing πŸ™‚
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    • September 28, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Frelle. How wonderful that you can sing!

  • September 28, 2011 Sweaty

    Hahaha… I always love your ‘lists’!

    And I’m here to testify that, yes, you’re a darn good blogger! If you don’t know that by now, shame on you! πŸ˜‰
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Sweaty. I realize that, just never acknowledged it openly πŸ™‚

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