On the first day, I attended an early bird session hosted by Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks. The session was a vision exercise to help you determine what your business/blog is about and what direction you want to go. She went over techniques on building your about page, mission statement and elevator pitch which is great for any small business, online or not.
We started out defining what we are about and she asked some great questions. We jotted down quick answers but they were questions that really could benefit from some deeper examination. The first two questions were as follows:
- Who Are You?
- What Are You Passionate About?
- What Are Your Superpowers?
As the conference progressed, that question just sat with me. Nagged me. Occasionally taunted me with my lack of superpower or even the imagination to think of one. On the one hand, we all know people who are so arrogant and obnoxious with telling everyone how fabulous they are and I certainly don't want to be like that. But still....not being able to think of a single superpower? Lame.
This weekend I took that question home with me and decided to do a little research. Generally speaking, my research usually starts with subjecting my children to whatever experiment I have pinging around in my head. They're still young enough to enjoy it so I need to enjoy it while it lasts. I asked my girls what their superpowers were and they gave me some awesome answers. Here are a few snippets from our conversation.
Lolly's Superpowers: "I'm really good at naming things...like stuffed animals and stuff like that. I may not use it much now but it's definitely going to come in handy when I'm a grown up. And I'm really good at finding the word someone needs. Ya know, like adjectives. And I'm good at helping people"
Babs' Superpowers: "Math!! I make a really good sidekick. And I'm good at helping my friends and family."
They asked me why I was asking and I told them about the class and how I was interested in hearing their answers. And then they asked me the inevitable awkward question....what were your answers Mommy? I'm not a great liar so I confessed....I couldn't think of any. Not a single one.
My girls, being the awesome girls that they are, started spouted off all the superpowers they thought I had. Starting with making yummy food and going from there. They are the sweetest girls ever.
Lolly shared one that has stuck with me ever since. She said, "Mommy, you're really good at seeing when someone needs something and then helping them out."
Oh, my sweet girl. She always says the things that just make my cry from the beautifulness of it all.
I don't know if that's true, but gosh I hope so. That's the kind of person I want to be. The kind of person who sees a need and steps up to help. To keep trying to make a difference, even if it's just a tiny difference. I may not have a lot of superpowers, but I'm the luckiest mom I know and that, my friends, is the best superpower of all.