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What’s your gift? What’s your talent? What do you like to do in your free time? Have you discovered “all you can be” and your true talents yet? What are you yearning to do? What do you feel like you can’t live without doing?

Climb mountains, paint beautiful landscapes or the ocean, maybe sing in a choir? Maybe you love making homemade decorations or painting and restoring old furniture. Maybe you want to organize and run a soup kitchen. Maybe you want to go rock climbing. Maybe you want to teach young children how to read.

 

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I remember years ago, a friend came over who is the “creative artsy” type who paints, decorates, and sews. She remarked about how “plain” our home was. We had repainted everything in neutral/tan colors to get our home ready to put on the market, and we also didn’t put any pictures or paintings back up on the walls. My friend did not mean this as offensive… but to me, it was at the time. Now, I realize, “the painting-decorating-artsy-type talents” are just not an area that I am skilled at or drawn to. I love to see beautiful color and decorations, I just do not have talent for art or decorating.

And that’s okay! Although it took me years to realize, we weren’t made to be talented in ALL areas, we are probably really only truly good in one or maybe two things! 

 

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I am organized, administrative, and motivated to encourage and serve. I love to be with friends and family and laugh … and now, I have discovered, I love to write! And, I love to help people, too, in simple ways. Have some of these talents or interests evolved over the years? Certainly, they surely did. I have gained some different interests and talents as I have aged, but one thing is for sure now, I can admire from afar the gifts of some else, but that does not mean those are MY skills or gifts! And, I am not jealous or envious because those talents belong to them.

 

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I believe God made us all different for a reason. I wish we could all use our different areas of creativity and usefulness as we are called on for use.

Not sure what your unique talents and gifts are? Fuel your fire by volunteering or doing what you love in your spare time. Still aren’t’ sure? Ask yourself a few basic questions:

  • It this thing you enjoy easy or hard to do? If it’s easy, then you are probably going to have more success. 
  • Got a special desire in your heart? Then go with what’s in your heart and follow your dreams.
  • Know anyone else who likes to do what you like to do? Once you determine your new gift or interest, find others with like interests – join a club or a group with similar interested people. Birds of a feather flock together!
  • Still not sure and still searching? On the way to finding your new gift or talent, please remember, be patient. It may some time to find out what you were meant to do or what you are good at!

I hope you find what you love to do if you haven’t yet! And if you have found your gift and talent, please – by all means use it!  

“Never give up, even if you fail!” (Author unknown.)  

 

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“Three C’s in life… take a “chance” to make a “choice” to bring a “change in your life.” (Author unknown.)

Until next time –
~Clare

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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34 Comments

  • It seems like as we get older, we don’t always think about trying something new, but I think it’s important to find new hobbies and try new things! You never know when you’ll discover a hidden talent 😉

    • Clare says:

      It’s true and I agree Liz that as we get older we don’t always want to try something new…. but I’ve myself discovered it’s the perfect time….. since my kids are grown (and now for a short window before I become a first time grandmother) I’ve had more time to “explore” – and yes, I so agree, we will never know when we will discover a hidden talent! Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Karen Patten says:

    Thank you for this! I actually find as I’m getting older and my children are growing up (although they’re still young), I’m looking for more things that I enjoy! Writing is definitely one of them!

    • Clare says:

      So glad you also love writing, Karen! And I agree, too, when the kids are grown – it seems like I have a bit more free time – thanks for stopping in! 🙂

  • Great tips here Clare, thank you for sharing. I’ve recently decided to search for groups that will fuel my loves, gifts and talents e.g. local choir because I love, love singing and praising God. If I can’t find something I may have to start something off myself 🙂

    • Clare says:

      So glad you have found your talent and looking for ways to develop it and join with others! I wish, wish wish I could sing! 🙂 But so glad you can – enjoy! Go for it! 🙂

  • Terri says:

    Such a great read. As a dancer, writer and former piano player I always considered myself more of the creative/artistic type. However, because I can’t draw to save my life I felt like I was a sham of an “artist” It some time for me to realize that being an artist doesn’t mean I have to master all types of art to claim the title.

    • Clare says:

      Wow, Terri – you are talented! It’s so great that you have so many different talents and sounds like you are developing them! Great! 🙂

  • “Never give up, even if you fail!” – because you fail only in surrendering, not in trying.

  • andi says:

    still looking for mine – and receiving it from God 😀

  • Medina says:

    Interesting read. I love to decorate – and like to think I have some talent in it! 😉

    • Clare says:

      Medina – I just saw those adorable kid’s “seats” you made! Wow wow – you are talented! And thanks for stopping by and sharing! 🙂

  • Miss Angie says:

    You’re really talented! 🙂 I have to think about what I would define as talents for a bit…

    • Clare says:

      That’s too sweet – I love seeing everyone else’s talents and how they develop them for sure! Thanks for your comments!

  • Chantal says:

    I feel like I will always be searching. I’m jealous of people who know with absolute certainty what they love and are good at. Thanks for the read. 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Oh… I am middle aged… so I have probably had more time than you, Chantal!!!!! 🙂 🙂 I think it is a “process” and it has often been fun to figure out what I like and don’t like to do!

  • Erica says:

    Great post. I really like your mention of “is it easy”. I think that usually talents come easily and naturally. Sometimes you do need to learn new skills to develop your talents but it should not be hard or you will end up disliking it.

    • Clare says:

      Erica, I find that usually I am a bit better at things that come a little more naturally, aren’t quite a “struggle”! Really, I agree it shouldn’t be continuously hard … or possibly it’s not the right fit! Thanks for sharing your comments!

  • Becki S says:

    Great post to read at the end of a challenging day. I too am much more analytical and organized as opposed to free spirt and artsy.

    • Clare says:

      So glad you enjoyed the post Becki! To each his own right…. I wish I was a bit more artsy – but that’s fine… I’m learning and enjoying the things I know I am a little better at! 🙂

  • Xavia Omega says:

    It’s so important to find your gift and find a way to share it with the world. Love that last quote 🙂

    • Clare says:

      It is important to find our gift or gifts! But I have found in my life, it has often taken some time! I love that quote too – thanks for stopping in!

  • Missy says:

    Great post! I think I am good at trying new things. I am always trying to push myself outside my comfort zone, I guess I would say that is my talent. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!”

    • Clare says:

      Wow, I am glad you are good at trying new things…. I am often not good at trying new things. But that means you are not scared of change – which is great!!!!! Thanks for sharing those encouraging words with us! 🙂

  • jennyb says:

    Hi Jennifer. Interior design is my thing. Always loved it and now I’ve started a home staging business and doing an interior design course.

    • Clare says:

      Wow – so glad you have found your thing – interior design! that is wonderful! Thanks for sharing what you love and enjoy! 🙂

  • Vi Dotter says:

    Life is all about trying on different shoes right? And seeing which ones fit best. Sure there are times that I am envious that my wide feet will never sit in a pair of lovely, dainty high heels, but that is life. Thanks for the considerate post. Envy is a green monster to ward off, but so easy to succumb in tired times. Its okay to fall sometimes – those that are meant to be will forgive you and stick around. How exciting it is to find your passions!

    • Clare says:

      I love that – “life is about trying on different shoes”!!!! So so true – but there have been times in my life I have been fearful and scared to try… or fearful of change. It is exciting to find our passions and thanks for sharing your comments and thoughts! They help us all!

  • Urvi says:

    Your article gave me inspiration and made me to think what I like? Lately struggling to schedule my stuff and missing my favorite activities due to lack of time. I love to do canvas painting and handmade decor.

    • Clare says:

      I am glad the post gave you inspiration, Urvi! I know about the time constraints…. I often try to put things down on a schedule or a planner – then I at least have more of a chance to do it! Oh – wow – painting – the above pics are from my sweet friend/ and old neighbor Jeannette – she paints such beautiful pics -especially beach scenes! Blessings!

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