5 Things About Me

I thought it would be fun to do a lighter post. Here are a few things about me you may not know.

1. The older I get, the less I care what others think.
This has been so incredibly freeing for me. I’m still a people-pleaser at heart, something I’m working to overcome, but I feel more at peace. There’s no longer any intense pressure to conform to what I think others want.

2. I write far better than I speak.
Writing gives me time to sort through my thoughts and feelings and choose the most appropriate word for the occasion. Thankfully I’m blessed with family and friends who are patient when I mix my words together or stutter (which happens if I’m nervous or tired).

3. I find it easy to see things from another’s perspective.
Travel and personal experiences have broadened my world. It’s far richer for all the people I’ve met and interacted with. However, it also can become frustrating when dealing with those who only see life one way.

4. I internalize stress.
I never knew how to handle stress as I was growing up. I’d simply shoulder everything until it overwhelmed me. Then I’d have an emotional meltdown (usually over something small and insignificant). Over the last 5+ years I’ve been learning to be more proactive. Meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and time in nature has helped me alleviate and deal with stress.

5. I find labels helpful but am not defined by them.
I’m an introvert (specifically INFJ) and a HSP (highly sensitive person). Learning there was a reason for the way I thought and functioned completely changed my perspective. I finally felt normal. That being said, I don’t find myself constrained by labels and am always pushing for self improvement.

What’s something interesting about you?

11 thoughts on “5 Things About Me

  1. VTNessa says:

    Yes to all of these, especially 2, 3, and 4.

    I don’t think much about myself is very interesting, but I’ve found that I am more aware of the beauty in my surroundings than most of my friends… many have told me they never would have noticed something, such as the patterns in moss, the miniature “worlds” one can see within a dewdrop, or faces within the bark of a tree, had I not pointed it out to them. I like to think it helps them to notice more of the beauty that surrounds them when they are alone, and I hope that makes them happier.

    Thanks for sharing things about yourself! πŸ™‚

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    • Ally says:

      I’m so happy you can relate πŸ™‚ It’s wonderful that you can add color and beauty to your friend’s lives. Long walks amidst the scents and colors of nature lend themselves well to reminiscing and daydreams (at least for me haha). Thanks for sharing!

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  2. KDKH says:

    I am an INTJ and I’m working hard to find my emotions more easily and work better with people. As an introvert, I’m loving the shutdown aspect of the pandemic because I get to work full-time from home. It has been quite the mental health boost! I feel bad for everyone who is not having it so easy, but I have gratitude for what I have.

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  3. Salvageable says:

    Thank you for sharing. I prefer writing to speaking–there is so much more opportunity to get it right before sharing it with the written word. But a great many more people have paid to hear me speak than have paid to read what I write. J.

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    • Ally says:

      I love how the written word can be the culmination of one’s thoughts and intents (at least for those who write intentionally). I’m happy that you’ve also been successful in your public speaking as well! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  4. DavidJTerrell says:

    I’ll have to ask someone else, I can’t think of anything interesting. But I am having a great life with ups and downs, my story is full of turns and events like everyone. But there is one thing I have learned over the years and that is that my life doesn’t go as planned but somehow is better off.

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