15 things about me

coffee-2179009_1920It’s been a slightly slower day and I’ve had a little bit of time to write. I wanted to share a fun post where you can get to know me a little better. Here are a few things about me. Most of these relate to me being introverted and highly sensitive. I’d love to find out more about you too, so feel free to share in the comments 🙂

1. I love people. But social time has to be in small increments or with people I value highly. I find group activities exhausting.

2. I need a lot of alone time to recharge after I’ve been socially active.

3. I crave emotional depth in my relationships.

4. I’m far better at writing things out than speaking. Writing lets me sort out my thoughts and feelings and I can take my time choosing the best words to convey my meaning.

5. What I say is a tiny percentage of what’s going on in my mind.

6. I tend to internalize stress. I’m working on improving, dance and workouts help a lot with stress relief.

7. It’s easy for me to view things from another person’s perspective. It’s frustrating to deal with those who can only see the world one way.

8. I’m very perceptive and have a good idea of how someone is feeling even if they don’t say anything.

9. I hold myself and others to incredibly high standards. But I’m working on this too, as it tends to create disappointment and frustration most of the time.

10. You know I’m comfortable with you if I act silly or sing in front of you.

11. I analyze everything. Literally everything.

12. Just because I’m quiet doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying myself. I just show it differently.

13. If you interrupt me and don’t apologize, I’ll assume you’re not interested in my thoughts. And I’ll be less likely to offer my opinions in the future (especially if its a recurring thing).

14. I care deeply about others, especially my family and close friends. I would do anything for them.

15. If I want to say something, I will. Don’t try to pressure me into speaking, it won’t work.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Who am I?

Hide awayIn every job interview I’ve ever attended, I’ve heard some variation of “tell me a bit about yourself”. It seems like a simple request. But for an introvert, it isn’t that easy. How do you describe yourself to someone you’ve just met? What do you include?

Physically, I’m 5’10”. I have brown hair and green eyes. I appear quiet and reserved when I first meet someone, or if I’m in a big group of people. But that’s just what you see on the outside.

I’m sure you already know that I’m introverted, an INFJ, and an HSP. I need alone time to recharge. I love being with people, in small doses. I’m highly affected by loud noise, strong scents, and other physical stimuli. These things can drain me just as quickly as social interaction. I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve and most people have no idea what I’m really thinking. It takes a lot of trust for me to open up to those around me.

I’m a kind and sensitive person. When someone is feeling down, I want to cheer them up, or at the very least, listen to their story. I can’t watch sad movies because I’ll cry during the entire thing, not just the sad parts. I can’t stand it when people take advantage of others and I’m fiercely loyal once you’ve gained my trust. Being yelled at makes me extremely uncomfortable and I’ll probably have to fight back tears. Even an argument going on in the same room upsets me. I’m attracted to the beauty in nature, even things that most people don’t even notice.

Being introverted, I crave connections with people. I’d choose a quiet coffee shop with good conversation over a crowded theme park, every time. I enjoy other outings as well, but my favourites are the ones where we just talk. This makes me a pretty cheap date too 😉 I live a fairly simple life. Most of my time is spent at work, going to the gym, grocery shopping, going for walks, cooking, and other household tasks. I spend my weeknights at home, because by the end of the work day, I’m exhausted. But I’ll use my weekends for seeing friends and doing exciting things. I still struggle with saying ‘no’. But I’m getting better and I don’t feel guilty any more. I’m currently interested in nutrition and exercise/workouts. I love the feeling of lifting weight and getting stronger, it’s really addicting.

I’m slowly becoming more confident and independent and I care less what others think. My journey has changed me. Lots of hard things have happened but lots of wonderful things have too. And I’m looking forward to the person I will become in the future.

So, who are you?

Image credit: “hide me away til summer days” by amanda tipton is licensed under CC by 2.0