i can

you know that song that goes "i can ride my bike with no handlebars?" something about that song always makes me really emotional. in a good way. i recognize that a lot of it is the actual arrangement of the music, but for me, i am struck by repeating "i can..., i can..." again and again. how often do we really talk about the things we can do? i know i tend to define myself by the things i can't do. this seems like kind of a silly post because, like, obviously there are lots of things i can do. i can walk and talk and read and count and tie my shoes. but not everyone can. and there's a lot of advanced things i can't do, but there are some i can, too, which is pretty cool. here's a little list.

// i can make french toast.
// i can write a perfect email.
// i can put on mascara without opening my mouth.
// i can sew on a button.
// i can sing in public and not have people throw things at me.
// i can write poems that people like to read and that get published places.
// i can hula hoop for a long time.
// i can eat a snow cone and drive at the same time.
// i can meow like a real cat.
// i can educate about healthy relationship behaviors.
// i can recite the preamble.
// i can eat a dozen donuts by myself.
// i can think critically about tv shows.
// i can tell you all the lyrics to footloose.
// i can blog without looking at the keys.
// i can steam milk.
// i can name all of the members of one direction.

wow. so this post ended up being really hard to write. turns out i have no idea what i can do. isn't that weird? definitely something i want to be more aware of.

what can you do? share in the comments!

ps. Kristina tagged me to make a vlog post. tomorrow is my 200th post and i think it would be fun to answer some questions in vlog form for that. leave your questions in the comments!


  1. this list is a lovely idea! and these are great things to be able to do (and many of them i cannot do; french toast is hard, as is sewing buttons).

  2. Yay! Can't wait to watch your vlog!
    My question for you: Your little words under your picture asks if I like cats.. which I do, so Do you own any cats? If so, show us some pictures of them!

    <3 danielle

  3. I really love this post, it makes me want to make a list of my own! I do admit I can make some pretty mean french toast, but I can't name all of the members of One Direction, so you've got me beat there :)


  4. I love this idea! I think I have to steal it from you..

  5. Yesssss. I am so excited!!

    I can pet/love on any dog, doesn't matter if they're scared or "mean," they always eventually come over to me and lay down so I can pet them and talk to 'em. :)

  6. I love this and I very excited to see you vlog post!

  7. This is so true! I spend way more time thinking about what I can't do rather than what I can do. Why? I don't know! It's silly if you ask me. You can do some wonderful things!
    That french toast looks divine! (it's my favorite breakfast food!)
    With Luck Blog

  8. I love this! And you're right, I think we focus too much on can'ts rather than cans. I also have that song stuck in my head now, even though I haven't heard it in ages.

    I may have to play copycat and do a similar type of post, would you mind?

    1. i wouldn't mind at all; i encourage it! sorry i missed out on the fun tonight. we'll plan for it again soon!


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