Random question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? If I were a new color in the crayon box I would be ‘Blooming Rose’ because I’m in a constant state of growth. I’m always amazed when I look back on myself even from as little as a month ago. There’s ALWAYS growth, be it spiritually, mentally, emotionally or even physically. I’m forever learning, recovering and getting stronger. And then roses are beautiful, but they have thorns. The same goes for growth, it’s a beautiful experience, but it isn’t always easy and smooth, sometimes it’s downright prickly.
Are you a bold introvert ? I don’t know if I would describe myself as flat out bold. I would say that I CAN BE bold depending on the situation. I’m usually very bold when it comes to protecting my loved ones. If ever I feel that someone I care about is being wrongly treated, I’m quick to jump in like a mama bear protecting her cub. I’m also pretty bold when it comes to standing firm in my beliefs. For instance, I’m someone who believes that animals should have rights too. I don’t eat or wear animals and I treat them with the same respect that I would treat a fellow human being. I’ve come across plenty of people who consider this way of living weird or even wrong by their standards. Plenty of people have tried to change my mind, but have they succeeded? Even a little bit? Nope. I’m vegan and I’m proud. And I’m not afraid to let them know that.
Have you always been one? No, definitely not. I used to be very passive. I would say that a major turning point for me was the day that I decided to stand up for myself against my mother. Without getting into too much detail, I believe that EVERYONE should be treated with respect. More specifically, I feel that children should treat their parents with respect, but that children should be respected as well. In my eyes, respecting someone does not mean submitting to them, it means being kind and decent to them. I let my mother know this, though admittedly not in the most articulate way possible. This was a big deal for me, standing up to a parent. I hadn’t ever shared my feelings with her in that way before. I had never put my foot down like that. I felt that if I could do that, I could do anything. I was EXTREMELY bold that day and although it wasn’t pretty, I needed it to happen so that there could be growth.
What do you do? I blog! I have a blog called Introvert Meets World and it’s my baby. I love it so much because for so long I had felt misunderstood in my introversion. Through creating my blog, not only have I gotten a chance to share my thoughts on introversion, but I’ve also met so many amazing people who are also introverts. I would like for my blog to be a place where introverts can feel at home and understood, something that I had always craved.
What are you most proud of? I’m most proud of my ability to get up, dust myself off and keep going. I have been placed in many situations that for lack of better words, scared the hell out of me. There have been many times where I just wasn’t certain if I would make it through. In those situations I had a couple of options. 1. I could curl up in a little ball and wait for the Big Bad Wolf to come and get me. Or 2. I could trust in myself and my abilities. I chose the latter and I am proud of that every single day.
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your goals ? In the past I used my introversion as an excuse for my lack of ambition when in all actuality, my introversion was my super power all along. Being an introvert, I find it incredibly easy to hunker down and focus on the task at hand. When I am truly passionate about something I can spend hours alone working on it and visualizing ways to make it better. I’m so good at quietly sitting there and using my imagination that I can envision a project from multiple angles. Being an introvert, it’s natural for me to be alone with my thoughts most of the time and this is when I do my best work. So yes, being an introvert has most certainly helped me to achieve my goals.
What advice do you have for introverts that are worried about chasing their dreams? The longer you sit there and worry, the bigger the proverbial monster under your bed gets. Just do it! If you fail, and you may, try again! Often, as people, we fear failure, which leads to us not trying. But, when you really sit down and think about it, that’s so silly! What if you had given up on learning to walk? Or learning to talk? Or learning the proper motor skills to feed yourself with a fork? You’d be crawling around, babbling nonsense and grasping at dry Cheerios. I fail all the time and I know that all that means is that I tried in the first place. Trying and then failing is something to be proud of.
Big thank you to Tiffany for stepping out her comfort zone and doing this interview! Make sure you go follow her!