Day 8 :: Who are you?

on October 8, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage with 5 comments by

I’m not much of a weekend blogger. I tend to believe that weekends are meant for books and walks outside and long chats over lukewarm chai. Not hanging out on the world wide web.

But this month, the only way we hit our 31 Days of Courage is to blog, well, 31 days. And believe it or not, I have a plan for every day, so I don’t want to miss!

I’m currently on the train from London to Edinburgh after such a sweet week with friends. It was sad to leave, for sure. But I also feel so full. I feel like my emotional bank account got about 49 deposits in the last six days. My friends are great.

So I head back to Edinburgh with joy. I needed my people for a bit, but now it’s back to my Scots, whom I also love, to live fully and love deeply for the next seven weeks.

As we talked about a few days ago, I think there are really three main things you need to remember in order to be brave.

  1. Who you are
  2. Who loves you
  3. The eternal impact you can make

And you know, this isn’t stuff you have to BECOME. This is who you already are. This is about knowing your areas of strengths and knowing that God made you the way you are on purpose.

[There’s deeper stuff here too, for those of us who are in Christ. There are truths about who you are in Christ that you should cling to, hold on to, and believe.]

But today I’m thinking more of the things that make you UNIQUELY you.

So let me introduce myself. That might help.

Hi. I’m Annie.

I am loud. I am a talker. I am a girl. I am a party starter. I am a friend. I am a daughter and a sister and cousin. I am funny. I am a crier. I am the kind of girl that overly emotes.

I am a sinner. I am a royal screwup. I am unworthy. I am a Christian.

I am a writer. [I differentiate that from being an “author”… I am an author, but for this list, an “author” is a profession. I am a writer meaning that I will write forever whether people pay me or not.]

According to the Enneagram test, I am a 7. Tried and true.

According to the Strength Finders test, my top strengths are positivity, maximizer, woo, arranger, and includer. [Meaning, I am a people person with a side of professional organization.]

I am absolutely completely Annie.

And I have learned to love me.

So I can say that truly, I love being Annie.

[If you’ve read my book, you know that hasn’t always been true. Not by any stretch. So this isn’t a prideful thing to say, it is a healed and redeemed thing to say.]

I haven’t always known these things. But as I’m aging [31 and 1/3, don’t ya know] I am learning that my personality trait combination is absolutely unique to me. Like you are absolutely uniquely you.

The better you know yourself, the more you can step out and be brave. I think I’ve found that the more I know about me, the more I know my strengths, and the more I am able to press into those places where I have the chance to be brave.

For example.

I know that one of my strengths is connecting with people.

My point of courage was when the opportunity arose to connect with Scottish university students.

The more you know who you are, the more opportunities to be brave come to the surface in your life. Also, you are able to identify the areas where you most likely won’t be called on to be courageous.

For example.

I know that I am NOT skilled in running.

So there is no point of courage for me when it comes to the Olympic trials.

See the difference?

As I continue to learn me, and the uniquely weird recipe of personality ingredients that are all mixed together in here, I am learning the paths of my life where courage will probably show itself.

The same is true for you, I think. Continue to figure out how God made you, remember that He made you on purpose, and look down those paths to see where courage is waiting to be encountered.

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So…. who are you?

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Congrats to Lauren M – commenter #14! She wins the print from Artsyville. Remember you all have a discount code for this whole month! [info in this post] Booyah.

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Who I’m reading: Christy’s 31 Days of Culture Shock. For my life right now, this series is super relevant. Anyone else living outside the USA should probably check this puppy out.

5 comments

  1. posted on Oct 08, 2011 at 9:43 AM  |  reply

    I love every word of this one. I am 37 and I’m still trying to be brave enough to be me…my whole weird recipe. =)

  2. posted on Oct 08, 2011 at 1:23 PM  |  reply

    I’ve never seen the number test but I LOVE personality profiles 🙂 Took it and I’m a 3. I can’t remember my strengths quest…it’s been so long since I took it! I also like the leadership compass – it’s great when working in teams to understand what everybody’s leadership styles are and how to avoid conflict.

    I thought I knew who I was, but being out of school for the first time in 20 years has forced me to rediscover who I am without the label “student” behind my name!

  3. posted on Oct 08, 2011 at 7:39 PM  |  reply

    I am Jaymi. I can’t make small talk but I can speak to large groups. I am a tomboy who gave birth to two princesses and now my world is all pink and feather boas. I am loved by God and am happiest when teaching His Word. I am a work in progress.

  4. posted on Oct 08, 2011 at 11:41 PM  |  reply

    I learned the difference in who I was and what I was last year…. it was a powerful experience for me. I’m Christy and I am sarcastic and funny, a enjoyer of words written and of writing them. I am an introvert (INFP) with extrovert tendencies…only online 😉 I am a friend, sister, daughter, and aunt.

    And most importantly I am chosen and redeemed by the one who loves me most.

    I am a 9 on the Enneagram test and everyone keeps talking of this strength finders thing…I must get the book.

    Beautiful post Annie.

  5. posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM  |  reply

    Never heard of that test but would love to take it, alway good to understand my self better. First and foremost I am a child of the King…love, love, love introducing my self that way. I love people…love to teach women…love to help someone onto the next step of faith God puts before them…I wear a chair with a pendant stamped with the word courage instead of a cross just so someone will ask me what my necklace says. I love being able to respond to the question and see how God leads into wittnessing. Love the question you put with your post, very thought provoking and also shows your love for others by giving them room to respond. Ok I am catching up slowing by surely.

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