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June 24, 2008


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San Diego Momma

I love that you did that. It's nice to read a list from a smart, pretty :), confident woman who takes pride in who she is. I'm too often on the "other" side -- enumerating my faults -- that I forget the value of loving yourself.

Thanks for the lesson today. And great list!

Also, I love your new design.



Wonderful! Confidence is inspiring. Perhaps the next time I'm in a funk I'll steal the to cheer myself up.

Will we be putting the lampshade to the test on Wednesday?

Jennifer H

What a great list.


Number 49? Just wait, it kicks in. For EVERYBODY!


This is great, Jenn. One you missed - You are incredibly likeable. I find your blog and writing very attractive because of your confidence and ease. Can't wait to have dinner with you in Pasadena this summer! Maybe we should do it after BlogHer and I can give you all the dish on the conference. Or before. I'm open!


P.S. Glad your real picture is back up! :)


Te,hee, You forgot modest!!!! ;-)

Love your list, love your blog and terribly fond of you too!


This...is a great list...but of course!! I might do it, once the rain stops and I'm not feeling so negative about just everything!! (i'm still working on it though.)
I think everyone needs to do this...whether they post it or not...it would be good for the soul, i think!!!


i love this.


Straight A's, YESSSSS!


ahhhh, to have your confidence!!!

I can relate to #s 9, 16, 23, 29, 45 & 48 (perhaps I should play those numbers in the lottery...hmmm...)

Mary Alice

That is a good exercise. I may give it a whirl myself. You go Mom...straight A's AND keeping ahead of the laundry! I can do the A's but the laundry? Not so much.


This is great. I should do this. I'm totally guilt ridden.

Reluctant Blogger

You are certainly a quick thinker!

I don't think I have a self-esteem problem. I did at one point for a few years but not any more.

But I think the low self-esteem of SAHMs can lead to them being prickly around others who go out to work - the need to defend their position I guess. I find many of them are unnecessarily prickly and assume I am judging them harshly which I am not. I admire anyone who can stay at home with small children but if I say that they tend to assume I am patronising them. I am generalising of course but it is why I avoid groups of them.

But you know that I think you are wonderful. And I think the same of pretty well all the SAHMs I actually know - it's those who won't let me get to know them because I am not the same as them that I have a problem with !!!


This was wonderful! I loved reading them. I tend to be that way at parties. We would have a FABULOUS time!

Sue @ My Party of 6

Great list! (And thanks for the link!) Do you have some sort of self-esteem camp I could come to? (And could we have a party with the lampshades during camp?) I love reading stuff like this. Gives me something to aspire too!

Sue @ My Party of 6

PS - I love the new header!

Angie @ Keep Believing

Excellent post.

How do you swim in the ocean? Like swim swim?? I just hop around until I feel something wiggly, then I hop out. I have never lived near a coast, though(unles you count the first 3 months of my life).


Memarie Lane

I don't really have a problem with guilt. Or with self esteem really. I'm sure I have plenty to feel guilty about, or to dislike about myself, but what's the point? It would just be a waste of time.


Wonderful! I adore this and completely look up to you now.


Very cool list! I can't text at all - you go girl!

Have a good day - Kellan

standing still

Right off the top of my head, my very most favorites on this list, in order are 29 and 30.

Liberals who can bake. Sister, let us unite!


Okay, I'm totally interested in that self esteem camp. Sign me up!


I think I might just do this for tomorrow!!!


great list!! :)

you did an excellent job! it only took 14 mins to come w/ all of them?? and they were really good too! :) It took me wayyyy longer than 14 mins to read the list... but only b/c i have two little girls needing me every 5 seconds to do something with them or for them. :)

i'm thinking of doing this list too, but not too sure.

thanks for sharing.



So nice to have a soul sister! I'm sorry to hear about your mom and glad you had a love of reading to get you through it. Books have been my salvation during many difficult times. What types of books/authors do you prefer?

mandy g.

Good for you. I think everyone could use a healthy dose of upping their own self-esteem.

The Mom Bomb

Great list, and good for you on the guilt thing. I think way too many women beat themselves up over nothing.

The Girl Next Door

This is a great list - I have been so "poopy" lately, doing this might bring me up out of the dumps. But I hate to tell you, I can way outtext you, on crackberry or phone. I am so addicted I can beat my kids....wait maybe that's a bad thing?


I knew I liked you!!
Great job on recognizing some of your many amazing qualities. This exercise reminds me of the quote from Marianne Williamson that Nelson Mandela used in his inauguration address: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Just Jamie

You can add to that list that you have some seriously adoring fans. I could start a Jenn fan club, really I could.

(And it's so good to hear that about the proposition thing. I struggle with that so often. Whew. Off the hook, you say?)


i came back to focus on the list and here's what i think.

you remind me of smart sister (that is a big compliment)

13. god, can you please help me?
35. yeah, i'm judging, but not in a bad way.
51. you inspired me. i couldn't do this in 14 min. or 14 days maybe.

The Introvert

I think the list is a great idea. Most recently, I have been making a different kind of list: reasons why I shouldn't complain. Sure things are challenging right now, but I have soooo many reasons to be thankful that I just really have to keep myself in check.

La La

I LOVE YOUR LIST! This is a clear definition of your paradigm (see my entry today), and it is what I'm aspiring to.

You have inspired me to write my own list. I'll start with 10. I'll post it soon!

Kalynne Pudner

Thank you for the shout-out, my semi-centessently talented friend! I am actually rather fond of ending sentences with prepositions, though not quite as fond as I am of the word "which." Or of beginning sentences with conjunctions.

And yes, I did make up the term "semi-centessently." Is it worth haggling over?


I love your list. And reading it makes me like you even more! I shall be taking part in this exercise as well. Soon.


#10 is like three things.



Great post. I have a list like this that I go to look at when I need a lift.
It is important to know that good things about yourself.

Over-Medicated Housewife

I feel guilty when I feel our family has consumed too much and haven't given anything back to the community.

stephanie (bad mom)

I don't know how I missed this last week - it is most fabulous! I will do it for myself, and use it as a writing assignment next year.

BTW, I'm with you completely on #47 and am not judging you on #35 but just saying I wouldn't be able to listen to any summaries without giggling.

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