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May 4, 2010

I saw that tweet pop up last night from my good friend Jessica. She followed it up with “I’m embracing my awesome this week, and making a habit of it.”

Intrigued, I just had to click. This is what I saw. Which led me to this.

Claim Your Awesome. It’s a movement that’s catching on. And why wouldn’t it? Who doesn’t love being awesome? I certainly love it.

But a movement like this is also meeting resistance. People think claiming your awesome is conceited. At first glance, I thought that was downright ridiculous. And then I started to think about my own awesome. And the more I thought, the more I felt like I was being too boastful with my I’m-Awesome thoughts.

I flat-out admit in my About section that I’m a self-deprecator. In my loony little brain, it makes perfect sense to hit myself in the gut before anyone else can hit me because, then, I win. I beat them to it, and I win.

What do I win?

::cue the crickets::

Andbutso I read Jessica’s tweets, then Karen’s LiveJournal entries, and I’ve been thinking about all since then. I should claim my awesome.

But what awesome should I claim? I can claim __________ but that’s nothing special. I can claim ________ but I hate that I’m doing that.

And this, folks, is what the movement is trying to defeat within ourselves. Even after reading, after feeling the movement, I still sit here knocking myself down.

This. Should. Not. Be. Difficult.

I read a friend’s blog today about how much life sucks, but her daughter makes all the suck go away. I nodded along with the feeling of the suck, but then I kicked my injured self by thinking I don’t have children to make the suck go away.

I have myself. I have Rob. I have my friends. I have my family. I have my pets. I have my books.

No “but I don’t have __________.”

There is enough suck in this world – my little world and the big, giant one I only hear/read about – without me adding to it.


I am fiercely loyal.

I am hysterical.

I am smart.

I am good at telling stories.

I am good at writing stories.

I have never broken a bone.

I am using my Infertility Suck to help others feel less alone and to educate people who just don’t know.

I am honest.

I am confident.

I am making a difference in people’s lives.

I encourage people to read.

I deserve compliments.

I deserve smiles.

I deserve hugs.

I deserve respect.

I deserve to respect myself.

How are you awesome? Spread the movement. Leave a comment and tell me about it. Write about it on your own blogs. Tweet about it. You are awesome. I am awesome. We? Are. Awesome.

Full disclosure: The self-deprecator in me tried to argue with each point I wrote, but I knocked that bitch down on her ass.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2010 7:48 pm

    Thank you for knocking that bitch down on her ass where she belongs. I haven’t been following you that long and I can clearly see that yes, you in fact are AWESOME! Rock on witchya head scarf girlllll. xo

  2. Speed permalink
    May 4, 2010 7:57 pm

    You RULE!

  3. Sarah permalink
    May 4, 2010 8:38 pm

    you ARE awesome!!

  4. ampersand86 permalink
    May 4, 2010 8:49 pm


    Tell that bitch whats up!

  5. Jenny permalink*
    May 4, 2010 8:51 pm

    So what makes all of YOU awesome?

  6. Speed permalink
    May 4, 2010 8:52 pm

    I’m awesome because I’m friends with Jenny 😛

  7. May 4, 2010 8:55 pm

    You are awesome for writing this. I can understand how tricky it must have been. I have a hard time saying nice things about myself. I think many people do. Thanks for reminding me that I need to remind myself of what’s awesome about me every once in awhile. 🙂

  8. May 4, 2010 8:58 pm

    Atta girl! I absolutely love your writing and totally agree that you. are. awesome!

  9. Sarah permalink
    May 4, 2010 9:16 pm

    I am awesome because I got off my ass tonight and went for a walk!

  10. silenceandnoise permalink
    May 4, 2010 9:26 pm

    This post? It is awesome. I feel strange talking about my strengths most of the time. It’s my least favourite part of job interviews. I don’t want to be arrogant and overconfident. I think this has backfired and sometimes I have a hard time remembering what makes me awesome. This post was a slap in the face. Thank you!

  11. May 4, 2010 9:32 pm

    Ohhh, love it. I will do an I am Awesome post too!

  12. May 4, 2010 9:48 pm

    Psssh, you’re totally awesome, don’t let yourself tell you differently. I would LOVE to hang out and would LOVE you to read to Ryann with your sweet AWESOME voice.

  13. May 4, 2010 9:53 pm

    Yup. You kick some serious ass with your awesome. I’ve only been following you a little while and I already knew that. I may write my own post.

    Interesting; I’m already feeling a little nervous just at the thought of said post. Must mean I need to write it.

  14. May 4, 2010 10:18 pm

    You ARE awesome!

  15. May 5, 2010 12:49 am

    I’m glad that you see the awesome we have always seen from you 🙂

  16. May 5, 2010 7:35 am

    You inspire me…and that’s just one of the things that make you awesome. So does your pink hair and your love of young adult novels 🙂 What makes me awesome? You’re right, that is hard. Looks like I have some blogging of my own to do…

  17. thenextmartha permalink
    May 5, 2010 9:40 am

    STAND STRONG. You, me, and many other women are awesome. Everyday.

  18. May 5, 2010 9:41 am

    You are totally awesome.

    And you rock.

    What a great movement to spread around.

    I am awesome because I have infinite patience, can keep a secret to the death and always give the benefit of the doubt.

    • Jenny permalink*
      May 5, 2010 7:57 pm

      I’m impressed with your patience! Can I borrow some?

  19. Vivian permalink
    May 5, 2010 10:06 am

    YAY Jenny!! You are amazing and awesome!!
    I’m awesome because I’m a kick ass wife and mom.

  20. May 5, 2010 10:08 am

    You ARE awesome because you have the balls to dye your hair pink. i’d dye mine orange if i had the courage. but i don’t.

    now…why am i awesome?? i’m awesome because i’m staying positive in the face of stupid IF. Each month, I swear it’s “going to work this time.”

    I’m awesome because I can make my husband laugh even when he’s in a funk.

    I’m awesome because I can burp louder than any man I know.

    I’m awesome because I’m very compassionate.

    that’s all….for now.

    • Jenny permalink*
      May 5, 2010 7:57 pm

      I love that you can burp really loud. I’m forever trying to get louder and more drawn out.

  21. May 5, 2010 11:20 am

    You are awesome! I am feeling a little inspired to do an I Am Awesome post now myself..which in fact, proves how awesome you truly are. Awesomeness!

  22. jessrlove permalink
    May 5, 2010 12:59 pm

    Yay for the awesome! 😀

    I’m awesome because I squeeze all the fun I can out of life.

  23. May 5, 2010 6:59 pm

    My name is Jennifer and I am awesome because I have the courage to take chances and embrace changes. I rise to the challenges that face me and I overcome. I am awesome because I have no regrets in my life and I work hard to make things happen for me and my family. I am awesome because I excel with my artistic abilities and strive to express myself through my photography and writing. I am awesome because of the awesome women who made me the woman I am today.

    • Jenny permalink*
      May 5, 2010 7:58 pm

      Your reasons for awesome all kick ass!

  24. May 7, 2010 10:17 am

    First time reader and very likely to return. I just wanted to touch on one thing that I could relate to… the I don’t have one of those (kids) and Infertility. It took me nearly 6 years and more science and money then I ever imagined to conceive our DD. One of the many lessons I picked up along the way was that she didn’t make me awesome simply from the day of her birth, I was awesome the moment I decided to be open and willing to persevere and go the extra mile for her. Although back then I didn’t realize it was going to be like 100 miles and not just one.

    So as Mother’s Day quickly approaches and you have a moment of feeling a little less awesome, remember that your little angel is right there with you and he/she knows just how awesome you are and how much you love them already because you didn’t give up.

    Best of luck to you and thank you for being awesome.

    Danielle & Elly

  25. May 8, 2010 8:41 am

    You ARE awesome. Made of it, in fact.

    This is why I’m awesome.


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