1. I'm honest. For better or worse, you can pretty much always count on me to tell it like it is. This is not so helpful in confrontational situations (wherein I feel obligated to tell the other person everything I think with very minimal filtering). It is helpful, however, when someone comes to me asking for sincere advice or feedback. And it also means that if I pay you a compliment, you can be fairly confident that I actually mean it, because I'm not in the habit of just telling people what they want to hear.
Though maturity has taught me the importance of being loving when I speak the truth, I am a firm believer that honesty is always the best policy, and I hope to instill that principle in Colby and Clara as well!
2. I'm persistent. I once wrote about Clara that, "whenever she commits to something, she commits to it fully and she will devote 100% of her effort to the task at hand- rational or not." Let's just say that she comes by that character trait naturally.
Once again, I'm fully aware of the potentially negative side effects of this characteristic: I have a hard time knowing when to cut my losses and give up on something (or someone), I often step on others' toes, and my follow-up skills annoy the heck out of people (I'm a pro at nagging).
BUT, because of this characteristic, I am also a loyal friend, a hard worker, and very much unwilling to be defeated by the trials life brings my way.
3. I've never met a stranger. I inherited this from my mom, although come to think of it, my dad is no wallflower, either. I can and will strike up a conversation with just about anyone about just about anything. Some people are terrified of small talk or spending time with new groups of people, but I love the challenge of finding out what I have in common with other people.
I think my tendency to over-share is related to this, as I do so in an effort to throw as much information about myself out as possible in order to give other people something to connect with (because I hope in social settings that people will do the same for me)!
And with that, I'll leave you with a 4-year-old picture of me eating my first ever cake ball: