Random question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why? I would be navy blue. It has been my favourite colour for a while and I feel that it defines me somehow. I’m not completely sure of its symbolism, but to me it represents creativity, loyalty and well, introversion.
Are you a bold introvert? It depends on the case. I’m a very open-minded person. I am willing to accept and try to understand perspectives that are completely different from mine. In this case, I rarely impose my beliefs.
But if there’s anything standing against something I deeply love, I can’t be passive anymore. I hate injustice. I am bold when I feel I must defend innocence and support a higher degree of acceptance. I am also bold when it comes to achieving my dreams.
Have you always been one? No, I haven’t always been this way. One of the defining moments in my life was related to my career. I used to have two amazing jobs. I worked as a copywriter. My superiors were (and still are) some of the most wonderful people in the whole world.
The second job I had was more of a freelance kind with a very flexible schedule and a meaningful purpose: teaching. Financially and professionally, I was blessed.
But having two jobs meant I had no time for what made me truly happy – empowering people through my words. So a hard decision I made was giving up on one of them. Yet, it feels like the right choice.
What do you do? I work as a freelancer (online teacher) now and in my spare time I challenge my creativity. I love encouraging introverts and my blog aims to be a soulful place for teenagers who feel misunderstood.
I wanted to create a place for those who struggle with finding their true beauty. My blog is that little online space I personally wish I had come across when I was a teenager.
One of my recent interests is neuro-linguistic programming. It’s fascinating trying to understand my own way of thinking.
What are you most proud of? To be honest, this was the most difficult question to answer here. It’s not because there are no things I am proud of, but because pride is not something I focus much on.
Let’s see, I am proud to be financially independent. I am proud to do things in my way. I am proud to be an introvert and have a colorful mind. Lastly, I am proud to still carry my childish side with me into the adult world.
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your goals? YES, it has. I strongly believe that no matter how hard it gets sometimes, introversion is a gift. As an introvert, you listen carefully, you care deeply and you rule a vivid inner world. And I think that’s what the world needs: people who are able to visualize a better future, but not for the money and fame, but because they care.
In my opinion, we are fueled by passion. So being an introvert hasn’t only given me the power to dream, but it has also empowered me with the needed energy to achieve my goals.
What advice do you have for introverts that are worried about chasing their dreams? Read my blog. Haha! On a serious note, you should find YOUR WAY to go for it. If you’re an introvert, you might naturally feel that others’ ways of achieving goals don’t necessarily apply to you. And that’s actually the beauty of it! You are you.
Try to stay true to yourself and focus solely on what brings YOU happiness and peace.
I guess a lot of worries come from the feeling that we might not be liked for who we are. But once you listen to the wise guiding voice inside of you, you’ll notice that there’s no greater inner satisfaction than liking yourself before anyone else does.
Cătălina is a 25 year old freelancer by day and Soul Online by night. Introvert advocate and chocolate addict.
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