March to your own beat – Week 3

Week 3 of March to your own beat and Laney promised the questions would be hard because they involve ‘what you are good at’. Well Laney … you were right! Here we go:

15. If I was an animal I’d be a …

Bird. I like the idea of having the freedom to fly and also the ability to have a bird’s eye view of the world. The world is beautiful from up high!

16. If I could have any role/job it would be …

Erm … just quietly I am working through this particular question in my head and in real life at the moment. I’ll let you know when I know :)

17. My hidden talent is …

Hmmm … you know what, I think I have a hidden talent for identifying the best person for a job – any job, big or small. I like to think that this was passed on to me by a dear friend who was taken too soon nearly six years ago now. HIS special talent was not just being able to identify the best person for a given job, but also to empower that person to do the job well. I am still working on that second bit.

18. The most creative thing I’ve ever done is …

This is a hard one because my job is a creative one. However, the most fulfilling thing I have ever done creatively is A Manifesto for Mums. I wrote it in my head over several months’ worth of runs. When I finally got it down on paper it was another week refining the words and THEN I had to decide on the design. It’s something that I am really proud of as it neatly combines both writing and designing, my two creative loves.

19. People come to me when they need help with …

Pretty much anything to do with a computer, the internet or websites!

20. The sorts of problems I like to solve are …

Related to people doing too much. I have made an art form out of ‘doing too much’ over the years and finally last year I put a stop to it! Now I love the idea of helping others do LESS!!

21. Someone else thinks I am good at …

Writing. People tell me they like the way I write and I cannot adequately convey how much this means to me each time I hear it. In my head I think “oh no, if you want to see writing you should check out this person, or this person.” And then I remember, just because these people are wonderful writers, that doesn’t mean I can’t be a ‘good’ writer myself :)


So as always, I’ve showed you mine now you show me yours! Let’s hear your answers to the above!


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  1. says

    Kelly, I can’t believe I didn’t know about the Smile Collective and your manifestos! They’re great! I love learning new things about people and I’m looking forward more and more to meeting you :)

    I can really identify with wanting to do less. I have to do less, even though I want to push on full steam ahead. I want to push my blog forward rather than just treading water, I want to start my consultancy, I want to launch my new review site now! But I can’t. I have two preschoolers at home who need me and there are days I feel that the fatigue and depression are just a whisper away. It’s a very fine balancing act and a difficult one when I am all about instant gratification! Every day I have to remind myself to be patient. Every day.

    ps you are a wonderful writer ;)

    • says

      Ha ha yes see – now you know why I feel your pain with all the hats you want to wear … So little time, so many ideas. So much drive, so few hours in the day! But the important things will get done. I know it gets said a lot, but kids are only kids for so long :)

      Oh and thank you (about being a good writer). That just means so much!

    • says

      Laney, you took the words right out of my mouth. I am in exactly the same position – one at kindy, the other 2 years behind and my head so full of ideas that I cannot act on because these two need my attention seemingly ALL the time!! And I am also an instant gratification girl. I hate when I can see what I want to do and where I want to be but it just can’t happen NOW. And yes, fatigue and depression always just at the threshold, but so far I’ve managed to keep the latter at bay – I force myself to go to bed early sometimes, and some days I EVEN have a day off and go to lunch with a friend for actual adult conversation!!
      A lovely friend keeps reminding me that I have to live in the present with the resources I have at my disposal in the present, and the future will come regardless…
      Thank you – I don’t feel quite so alone in this predicament when I hear that other people feel it too. :)

  2. Mel says

    #17 – ah, Curly! It’s amazing how often he pops into my head – and at the most random of moments. Thanks for the reminder ;-)

    PS – I’m guessing you could do with a dose of Curly logic currently as you work through #16…but remember that a bit of that voice in your head telling you what you need to do is his. Just keep listening and you’ll work it out when you’re ready xx

    • says

      It’s really funny you know – I hate heights unless I feel 100% ‘safe’. But in a plane (where curiously I DO feel safe so long as we’re not taking off or landing) I LOVE the view from up on high!

  3. says

    Its so good to read what you are good at, and how you are as a person. It was so hard to answer the questions!!!

    I so too want to be a bird – and fly away whenever I want especially from all the rain we are having.

    I like your hidden talent and how people come to you to fix their computer/internet/websites. I am so not creative so it was good to read about how your job is all about being creative!!