This was such a wonderful exercise! It was interesting to go through the list of what is considered a personal asset and realize that I have so many I never would have thought of or included. What a nice reminder of all of the assets that I already have.
I am most proud of my communication skills, both online and in person. I love conversations with people and learning more about them, while also sharing my opinion (which I used to be really scared to share!).
I also think my ability to make others feel comfortable and safe is a personal asset. I love to listen and I think that in itself allows people to feel like they have a voice that matters and, in turn, that it is being heard and responded to. It is that kind of atmosphere that I try to cultivate everywhere I go, as I think a world full of environments like this is a world I strive to create around me (and hopefully beyond).
My girlfriends are hugely inspirational to me and, although most of them now live in other regions or even countries, we use digital media to communicate. So even though they might not be with me in person, we still make the effort to create spaces where we can share stories, updates, discuss important issues and debate matters that are important to us. They are also the ones I go to when I need help, support or advice. I know they don’t have an ulterior motive and just want to make sure I am healthy and taken care of. What would I do without my girlfriends…
I think having such strong connections with my women friends will be something I “use” more and more in the future. I hope we will continue to have important discussions with each other and then come up with ways to share what we’re talking about and solutions to problems we might be debating.
Taking the conversations outside of our small circle and into the wider world, and including other women, is a goal of mine. I believe that the World Pulse community can play a huge role in this and look forward to hearing from new voices that haven’t been part of our conversations. YET.