I've been working on a project related to adult learners and strengths assessment and reviewed several strengths assessment surveys and products recently. I even took the VIA character assessment - it is a 240 question survey that will give you a basic character strengths report online, with an in-depth profile for $40. For free, it told me that my #1 character strength was creativity, ingenuity and originality. Number 2 was zest, enthusiasm and energy, and #3 was curiosity and interest in the world.
So, I took advantage of all three this evening and had an awesome dinner at the Vintage Steak House at the San Juan Capistrano train depot! I saw not one, but two, big Santa Fe trains! Not Metrolink trains - real trains! With lots of cars!
My fourth character strength, according to the survey, was industry, diligence and perseverence. I was not always this way, of course, but developed this over time. And my fifth strength was love of learning - also true - I am happiest when I am learning something new.
I hadn't been to the actual train depo in Capo since I was a little girl. It is very beautiful and nice. The Vintage Steak House was like what Pacific Dining Car should be - and at much better prices, with much more laid-back and friendly servers. It had an almost central coast feel to it, which is a good thing.
There was a "count your blessings" aspect to the VIA character survey. I would recommend it to anyone, by the way. It is very important to focus on our strengths and, when life gets us down, remember that we all do have them! And - blessings. When I think about the little things we take for granted, or the fact that I have the opportunity to drive my beloved Land Rover to the beautiful Santa Fe depot in San Juan Capistrano to have a great meal and have tons of fun - and then come home to Mr. Badger, and get smothered in doggy kisses . . . and think about how fortunate I am to have Meredith and to have all my friends and my students and the truly awesome life I've had . . .
It's very hard to feel down. Life is awesome.
Oh! Levi's Superlow Bootcut Jeans: Awesome. My soft white Nollie t-shirt: Awesome. Shopping in my closet: Awesome. Green Dragon yoga pants: Awesome. XCVI sweater: Awesome. 2 Wacom tablets: Awesome. Doing what I wanted to do all my life even if not all clients pay on time: Awesome!