Name: Amanda Davidson
Random question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color
would you be and why? I think I would be Periwinkle because I love the color and I love the name of it, it just sounds fun.
Are you a bold introvert ? I am now that I’m older I’m much much more comfortable and accepting of myself as an introvert and I take care to make sure I have plenty of time to myself when I need it. When I was younger I felt much more odd, like I didn’t belong with any one group, but now I embrace my uniqueness. I also don’t force myself into uncomfortable situations or events, and only say yes to engagements that are truly important to me. Self-care takes many forms and I believe for an introvert it’s important to listen to your body and recharge as often as necessary. For most introverts this is in the form of down time or time alone, which is extremely important. If I have a big social engagement I will usually try to plan a relaxing day following it to “recharge”.
Have you always been one? I have not always been one as I mentioned when I was
younger I was definitely shy and uncomfortable in groups. The defining thing now that I am older and have learned to respect my needs as an introvert, Yes I can socialize in large crowds now, but I know I will need some alone time afterwards to decompress. This all goes back to the self-care I was talking about and part of that is learning your needs. We all have a need to be loved and accepted and we all have varying needs for social engagement to be happy and productive people. When those needs are met you will feel confident, albeit BOLD. Being an introvert means it may take you longer to accept and appreciate the things that make you unique, but it’s still a worthwhile journey.
What do you do? and what are you most proud of? I am a wife, mother of 3, and I run
realmomblog.com I’m a SAHM an RA warrior. When I’m not chasing kids or writing I’m reading or gardening. I have always had a passion for writing and my blogging adventure has led me to meet thousands of new people, quite an undertaking for an introvert, but I have discovered a lot about myself on the journey and I continue to use my blog as a creative outlet, I feel it speaks to who I am. I have many passions in life and writing is just one way I have to express who I am, which can be very challenging for the introvert, so I encourage everyone to find their passion and their own medium of expressing that.
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your
goals ? I feel that since I have “grown into” myself as an introvert I have become more confident in myself. When I was younger I never reached out to make friends, now that I’m a blogger and a bold introvert, I’m empowered by reaching out and helping others in the blogging community and I’ve been blessed to meet such wonderful and caring people. This has helped me tremendously in real life as well as I’m now much more
comfortable meeting and talking to new people! Once you get over your fear of rejection or anxiety over what people may think of you, so many more opportunities will present themselves.
What advice do you have for introverts that are worried about chasing their dreams? Never give up a dream. It may be harder for you, or take you longer but you should always push forward. Change is uncomfortable, but it’s necessary for growth. When you’re just starting out failures can be soul crushing, but if you’re learning from each one you’re growing. So go out there and meet new people, ask questions, go for the goal you have because the worst outcome is you learning another way around an obstacle. It’s never over unless you quit.
Big thank you to Amanda for contributing to our BOLD INTROVERT series if you want to read more about Amanda you can find the links to her social media and blog below!