Tuesday 19th November 2019

Ten Things I Like About Me. #ltw5. 366/284.

Ten Things I Like About Me. #ltw5. 366/284.

The optional prompt for this week here for Life This Week is Ten Things You Like About You.

I’ve made it ‘me-centred’ for this post as I expect anyone else will who joins!

In chatting with a blogging friend I know we both thought it somewhat challenging to think about this prompt which led me to consider that it seems we are all geared to the default of negative in our views of self. I’m going through my usual meanderings of anxiety (that is, it comes and goes) so it appeared to be even harder for me to come up with this list.

But here’s how I did. I went back through my own set of memories…my photos…and they helped. It turns out I like qualities in me such as:

kindness, commitment, valuing education, being sociable, creating, practical skills, loving, intelligence, details oriented,  connected.

Here’s my list of 10 with accompanying photo:

ONE: Kindness. I am good at caring for others but I am also getting better at being kinder to me taking myself out of my head space and into nature when I need it so I like that in myself.


TWOCommitment. I am a loving, committed person and whilst relationships have ups and downs, I like that I have remained married to the same person for over 45 years and that he does too.


THREE: Valuing Education. Clearly education is a key to my many professional roles and that even here, at High School, I probably knew that then too but I was extra busy on the socialising side too. Me: Top standing, second in.


FOUR: Sociable. I like driving this car as it helps me to meet up with people. I am slowly taking my time in my new area to make social connections but I will over time.


FIVE: Creating. I  like that in discovering how much I enjoy art and creativity now, I also find sharing my art via postcards is a great way to stay connected with people I may never meet personally.


SIX: Practical Skills. I like the fact that I can cook meals that are both nutritious and enjoyable even though I do not get to cook much except for me these days, I value that I am as entitled to a good meal as anyone…even though I have to cook it!


SEVEN: Loving. I like being a wife, daughter, a parent but especially a grandmother to our grandchildren. I add that as they are growing up and we live a long way from them all now I have had to change how I view my role now as it was more involved when the children were younger and we lived close by.



EIGHT: Intelligence. I like the fact that I cannot stop learning about things but this time it is to have more understanding of myself and challenges I am facing, and these are some of the means I use to guide me.


NINE: Details Oriented. I like that I am primarily a visual person and I can see the smallest details in some of nature and I really, really notice! I also remember a LOT.



TEN: Connecting. I like the fact that some years ago I recognised I needed to have a way to continue to connect with people when I stopped teaching and that I started a blog and that I have readers who chat and connect here each week.


I hope this was of interest to you and that you might tell us some things you like about you if you have not believed about it. Use the comments to share!

I hope today and the rest of the week is a great one for you!


P.S. Next week’s optional prompt on Mon 17/10 “which anniversaries are special?” I have one and it is on that date!  I hope you find one to blog about  too!

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Alicia at One Mother Hen for Open Slather.

Kell at All Mum Said for Mummy Mondays.



  1. This is a great exercise. I use it with my clients all the time. Thanks for prompting with this one because I rarely practice what I preach and do it for myself! Today I did.
    Great list for you Denyse. I would agree with all that and I only know the bloggy you.

    • Ah the teacher becomes the student! We need to do that more often. I have been on SUCH a personal learning curve throughout the past 2 years. I am glad to have inner and outer resources to help me too. Thank you so much for your post AND for your wonderful support!
      I hope your week ahead is awesome and thanks for linking up!

  2. inthegoodbooksblog says:

    Great list Denyse!
    And a great prompt. It really has got me thinking! I hardly ever give myself enough credit for all I am, and all I do, so I appreciate being prompted to find the good in me!

    • YAY! This is such great news! I can’t wait to read your post. Thank you for supporting this new linky and linking up today too!

  3. I have ten, but I will select one thing I like about myself.
    Growing up I never had grandparents or aunties because they all lived in Italy. However, as an aunty now, I’m making sure my 20 nieces and nephews have an Aunty who is there.
    So far I have taken three of them to school for a week’s work experience each in the teaching field.
    When I worked at a coffee shop I took two of them for work experience and those two both have jobs at McDonalds.
    For the younger ones, I cook with them, I play games and run around like a pork chop with me; although slowing down a bit now.
    One last thing, whenever they visit, 4hrs away, I show them the world around at different tourist attractions. at home and talk to them about what we’re seeing. That’s it for now. Cheers Maria. Thank you Denyse for letting me share.

  4. This one was challenging Denyse – as you said, we’re indoctrinated not to boast or speak positively about ourselves!

    Thanks very much for making me do so – and I love yours… they’re things I would have said about you as well!

    • I know it was for me too. I did a bit of a review of the way in which I wrote it not the content, and that helped me. I am glad you persevered! I can’t wait to read. Thanks so much for your bloggy support and spreading the word about the link up. And, for joining in!!

  5. I love how much you value education Denyse, it really shows! Fantastic list 🙂

    • Thanks Kat. I do indeed but it is not always something you realise has such a high priority until you do a list like this. Education rocks and it makes me a bit sad that not enough people take the route to a higher quality of life via education. It can be skills and training based, and not just about degrees. Opportunities for life’s work and more come through education and training. Oops, almost a blog post in a comment! Thanks for your support here and linking up!!

  6. Such a great list! They’re all positive qualities for sure. 45 years of marriage is AMAZING. My parents are celebrating 50 years next month (and Mick and I 21 years).

    I did find this a challenge but I eventually got there. I ended up asking others as well, because sometimes we can’t see ourselves the way others do. Or perhaps that’s just me! Interesting prompt.

    • I think that is true that we cannot (always) see in ourselves what others do. I actually got my hub to read mine before it went live! It didn’t get corrected so, win!! Your post was awesome. Next week’s prompt is already made for you! It’s about anniversaries. Thanks for linking up again. Love your support, Ness.

  7. That’s a great prompt and I loved reading your ten things!

  8. I love your list and I agree – it’s so hard to think of why we like ourselves because we are so geared towards looking for the negatives. I don’t think it helps that we are a society that tends to tear down those who do dare to talk about how great they are – tall poppy syndrome is definitely alive and well everywhere.

    • Yes, we are that indeed and it’s got to change a little don’t you think? Sometimes the qualities of so-called success are misleading. Maybe success is about contentment with oneself and all that. Good thoughts over on your blog and thanks so much for linking up on Back to School Monday!!

  9. Nicely done, Denyse!

    I especially liked your points about connecting, education and creating.

    Thanks for hosting this, I really enjoyed writing my post.

    SSG xxx

    • Thanks very much SSG. I’ve had more insights into myself since finally leaving Sydney and retiring from all of my work because I have had far fewer distractions. That means, for me, I have had to become a friend to me which I guess I have not always been. Your post was a joy to read and I am so glad you wrote it and linked up too!

  10. It’s all in the power of positive thinking, isn’t it? Or ‘count your blessings’ etc. Those things are cliches for a very good reason! x

    • They are indeed! So many wise things written which we all need to remember and learn from. Some written around 600 years ago too. My goodness, the problems many of us still have in the world and with ourselves were written about it the days of Socrates. By the way, no idea why, but twice now your comments have gone to spam. Never mind, I rescue them of course!! Thanks for linking up today too.

  11. You are all those things and more!

    Love that you recognised you needed an outlet and Denyse Whelan Blogs was born!

  12. Although it was difficult I loved this prompt. It’s been so. I’ve getting to know everyone a little better 🙂

    I like the way you talk about blogging as a connection. So many people write off the Internet as a place to be anti social but it’s really not.

    • Tory, the internet that I frequent is the world of blogging with some social media thrown in and on many occasions it IS the only way I have connected with someone outside my home in a day. I am glad you liked the prompt and that you blog!!

  13. With school holidays on, amongst other things, it’s all getting on top of me. Sorry I haven’t taken the time to connect, or linkup.
    This is a hard prompt for me to approach, but one I absolutely should, as doubts creep in often. You are an amazing human being x

    • Oh Alicia, no apology necessary! You have a big and busy life and I am grateful that you pop on in when you can. You are right about the prompt though. It is far easier for us to see what we like in others than ourselves. It seems part of the human condition to be ‘down’ on ourselves. Thanks so much for your kind words!