Name – Madison
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? – Great question! I feel like if you asked me a year ago I would say some shade of pink, but lately I am obsessed with Yellow, so if I were a new addition to the crayon box I would be a golden mustard yellow called “Sunburst”!
Are you a bold introvert ? – This is a hard question because it depends on the day, my mood or the situation. When it comes to the idea of being a “bold introvert” in regards to speaking to other people I would probably say not so much (give me a book and an empty room and I’m happy), however when it comes to being bold in embracing who I am I would have to say YES! I think being a confident introvert takes a decent amount of boldness in general every day. For example, I am always trying to challenge myself to get outside of my comfort zone or conquer difficult situations (for me) that take a good deal of courage and a pep talk. Furthermore, I think one aspect of myself that I consider BOLD is embracing my individuality and uniqueness, not just as an introvert, but as someone who has her own unique personality when it comes to my interests, hobbies, loves and personal style. As an Introvert I already consider myself unique, as an INFJ (the 1%) I consider myself rare, throw in all the other things that make me “me” and its gets a bit crazy…LOL! Therefore, something that has always been a HUGE part of my life, and something that has made me bold is FASHION! It is something that has allowed me to express myself without having to say anything, so when it comes to being bold as an introvert I think my self expression through my style has been a huge part of confidently embracing who I am and not caring what other people say! I say that fashion is my LOUD language for an introvert😊
Have you always been one? (If not, What was the defining moment for you) – I don’t think I have always been a bold introvert? I didn’t really know I was an introvert until I went away to college and discovered that there is such a thing as Introverts and Extroverts and that there are specifics to each personality (for example I am an INFJ), so that was probably a defining moment for me. Learning that I was an introvert opened my eyes to see that the way I felt and acted was normal for me (I always thought I just needed to get over myself and challenge myself more). Discovering the specifics and unique characteristics to my personality actually helped me to be bolder, because I knew who I was! I also knew my power! I now know when I need/have to challenge myself to accomplish something and I have also learned to embrace my introversion and confidently live it out in my everyday life. Since then talking about my personality has become a HUGE part of my life that I am passionate about, and I love connecting with other introverts and encouraging them!
What do you do? – What do I do….sooooooo many things! As an INFJ I tend to have a LOT of passions and interests so in a nutshell I am a teacher, writer, creative, adventurer, and blogger. I went to college to get a major in Family and Consumer Science and a minor in Secondary Education, so my plan is to become a teacher. However, when I am not in a classroom with students I am a Fashion Blogger over on my corner of the blogsphere called Minnie Muse. Blogging has given me an outlet to pursue a LOT of things I love like fashion, photography, writing, beauty, etc. As an Introvert I express myself better through the written word, so blogging has become a HUGE part of my life where I get to share my feelings, be vulnerable, write about my personality, and meet so many amazing and creative people! I also own an Etsy shop called The Skirtery where I make classy and custom midi skirts and it is so much fun! So needless to say I am always busy with a job or project, or cooped up in my room writing and reading😊
What are you most proud of? – Looking back at my life over the last 22 years I am AMAZED at the things I have been able to accomplish (it is seriously all due to God’s faithful provision in my life)! However, to name a few I would have to say these 3 things are what I am most proud of:
- Giving the speech at my high school graduation! I was homeschooled and all the graduates were able to submit a speech to be chosen. I was priviledged to have my speech chosen and CRAZILY got to stand up in front of over 200+ people (98% of them strangers) and give a speech!
- My second year of college I applied to be a Resident Advisor on campus. Basically I worked for the university (residence life) by living in a house on campus, being in charge of all the residents who lived there, enforcing university policies, dealing with roommate conflict, planning events and basically just working with PEOPLE…….not what a typical introvert does…….so I am still amazed that I took that leap and did something outside of my comfort zone (You can read the blog post I wrote about it HERE). I seriously grew so much over those 2.5 years and even was awarded “Staff Team Member of The Year”!
- GRADUATING COLLEGE! Okay, so that sounds lame, but looking back at everything I went through, struggles with, and was daily challenged (personally) with in college I am so proud of myself that I got through college with amazing grades, tons of life lessons, and a new found confidence in who I was (I actually wrote a post about surviving college as an introvert, you can read it HERE)! If I were to go back I am not sure I would be able to do it as well…..I’m pretty sure I might have a few panic attacks and keep myself locked away in my room….LOL
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your goals? – YES! I think as an Introvert I sometimes struggle more with meeting the goals I set for myself, more than the average person at least. Meeting goals usually means setting goals that challenge me, which means challenging myself daily to step outside of my comfort zone and do new things, meets new people, and sometimes be in uncomfortable situations. However, as an introvert I think I bring something unique to the table when it comes to achieving goals because I am very focused! When I find something I am passionate about I go at it with full force! I also think that as a teacher my personality trait has helped me achieve my goals of being a “GREAT TEACHER” because I often see the world differently than others, I notice the small things, I recognize students who are introverts themselves, and I am always looking for the special things that make each student unique. Thus, I firmly believe that being an Introvert has helped me achieve my goals!
What advice do you have for introverts that are worried about chasing their dreams? – I think chasing your dreams can be one of the hardest things people in general struggle with, simply because so many of our dreams are BIG THINGS……things people tell us we are crazy for wanting. However, what is life without the ability to dream and take action on them?! Being an introvert can cause us to doubt our ability to be successful in chasing our dreams (because a lot of time we doubt ourselves due to how our mind is wired…we are just generally questioning souls)……sometimes it might even be our personality that others hold over our heads……sometimes people might not even know that something is our dream (because they haven’t taken the time to get to know us). However, I think my best advice would be in saying: Don’t let what other people think about you keep you from doing what you love!
Maybe the dream you are chasing seems to big and you seem to small, but if you stay focused on what you love, the possibilities are endless! If people ever tell you that you can’t do it, if they say you don’t have the ability, just remember everyone misunderstands and underestimate the POWER that we as introverts hold within ourselves (I actually wrote a post on 10 things you should know about Introverts, HERE). People will always question RISKS, however, every risk is worth it in the end, especially chasing your dreams!
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