Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I've been thinking a lot about Talents lately. I believe that everyone is blessed with talents, and that if we discover and use those talents, they will be improved, and we will gain more.

When I was a young teenager, I would have lessons on talents in church, and come home depressed. I didn't believe that I had any talents. At least not the ones my teachers always mentioned. The performing, visual, in-your-face, talents.

My mom would kindly tell me a list of my talents. "You are a good friend." "You are kind." At the time, I thought, "Blah", "Blah", "Blah." I can't PERFORM being a good friend, so it's not a talent! Right?

What I've discovered about talents is that, yes, you are born with them, but some take longer to show up then others. Some, like singing, or drawing, manifest at an early age. Others are not apparent until later in life.

Talents do not have to be performance skills.

I've discovered that there are many, many talents that are still talents, even if they wouldn't count in a "talent show".

As I entered High School, I discovered that I had a love for, and a talent for, drama. Now, acting on-stage is a "performance" talent, yes. But the actual on-stage acting didn't last very long. What has endured is an ease when speaking in front of a crowd. As a mom I have the talent to make stories come to life.

As I've grown I've discovered more talents. Again, they are not necessarily "performance" talents, but I'm happy with what I can do.

The Recent Past

Double Dipped Sweets

The Present

I'm learning so much about cooking and baking. And I'm learning that the more I'm using this talent, the better I am becoming.

The hopeful Future

My own, cute little shop to sell my Chocolate creations, and maybe even a little deli counter to sell some of my home-cooked creations.

What I'm trying to say here is this.


I'm really not trying to toot my own horn. My mom recently emailed me and mentioned my young teenage depression over my lack of talents, and it made me think about all I have now.

So, maybe you can't sing, or dance, or create a masterpiece in paint.

But, you can listen to those around you.
You can love everyone.
You can smile.

Your time will come. Everyone has talents. Some are just hidden. Keep searching and trying new things. You will find them!

And, very important, when you do find them, make sure you USE THEM!

Please share your talents with us! Do you sing? Do you bake? Are you the neighborhood mom?

I would love to hear how you define your talents.


  1. Krista you as soooo right! Everyone has more gifts that they can even add up. Love and friendship is a talent/gift. Just think of all the people who don’t have love to give and can’t be a true friend! I know whatever you do next will be amazing and the open door is just up the road so keep on keeping on. If you opened up a little shop I would drive all the way over there to visit and stock up on treats ha ha.

    I was telling hubby while we were munching down on one of your amazing apples a few weeks ago. If I ever fell into a large sum of money you would be on my list of people to share the wealth with. Why? because I know that your shop would be that fantastic!! In any case I know whatever you do will be wonderful (I am going to keep praying for that large sum of money LOL). Look at your blog. It just keeps gets better and better every week!

    Blessings to you!

    Vanessa :)

  2. I just had a flashback!...when we were kids & performed "I think we're alone now" at the Ward? Talent Show. Didn't your mom make us matching outfits or something -blue with white polka dots..? Anyhow I can tell you that Dancing is NOT one of my talents. haha..:)
    I think a talent of mine is that I can find the good in people...even hard-to-get-along-with people!

  3. Oh, Audrey... that is a memory best left in the dark... yes, they were polka dots...

    You've had that talent since we were kids! You get along with everyone!