Label = Learner

31 Days in My [Insert Label Here] Skin:

[ L e a r n e r ]


One of my top 5 strengths according to StrengthsFinder is “Learner.”   This strength is described in this way: “You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence.”

This is absolutely true.  I totally adore soaking in new information, learning new skills, and exploring areas of study that I currently know nothing about.


This past week, I have enjoyed learning about:

  • The creative process regarding crafting a stand-up comedy routine— from long-time comic Brian Regan in his interview at Google.
  • The “Imposter Syndrome” and how it plays out not only in my life but also in the lives of tons of other leaders in our society— in the Lead Stories Podcast with Steph O’Brien and Jo Saxton.
  • The history of how “romanticism” has weaved its way into our current culture and how this unrealistic ideal is setting up many a marriage for extreme disappointment— in Chapter 2 of the book Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.
  • How to train my new (now 12 week old) puppy to stop biting all of us and to stop obsessing with our cats.
  • How to help my family stay away from so many of the “entrapping habits” that are so common nowadays— by installing Covenant Eyes on all our devices.
  • The life story of an incredible athlete named David Goggins— via my husband who listened to the Rich Roll Podcast.
  • What “living stone” means— via this weekend’s sermon on 1 Peter 2:4-10 by Steve Madsen.


Some of the things I’m looking forward to learning and growing in (in hopefully the not too distant future) are:

  • How to become a better, more concise writer who can help inspire people to grow closer to God and to make positive life changes.  (One particular way I want to do this is to continue to read works by great authors and, secondly, to buckle down and start focusing more intentionally in my involvement with the Compel writing group I belong to.)
  • How to become a better, more inspiring speaker, teacher, and storyteller in the context of ministering to the community at my local church. (I want to do this in a few ways: I want to revisit the book “Communicating For a Change”, and listen to great speakers and storytellers.)
  • Growing in my self-awareness and competence as a leader.  (Two favorite podcasts that are helpful to me in this arena are Craig Groeschel’s Leadership Podcast and the Lead Stories Podcast with Steph O’Brien and Jo Saxton.)
  • Becoming more Christ-centered and less self-serving in my marriage. (The book I am currently working through to help grow in this area is the book Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.)
  • I am also planning to learn a new social media platform (Instagram) and I want to learn how to incorporate an audio or video component to my blog too. (I will be able to do this by simply sitting down and exploring this on my own and, when in doubt on technology matters, asking my best friend’s husband for help.)


Taking time to learn and be challenged in new ways is extremely fulfilling to me.  I never feel like I have enough time to do all I want to do— but it sure is fun trying!

I hope you, too, do something energizing and life-giving for yourself this week. 🙂


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What about you?

What activities are life-giving to you?  What can you do this week to inspire, energize, or challenge yourself in a helpful way?

Please share your journey in the comment section below.


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