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Monday, June 3

Susan Cain: The power of introverts / Shoutout to all the Introverted Bloggers

"In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated."
Description is from TEDtalksDirector on youtube.

If you are an introvert according this video you are about a third to a half of the population, so you are not alone! If you are like me this video described you to a T. I'm an introvert, always have been. I was the girl with thick glasses with string around the arms of the glasses (I forgot what that is called) who when you saw her she always had her nose in a book always! Rather it was recess, on the toilet , in the tub or in the car. Anywhere I could read a book in good lighting (I was blind already so I didn't want to strain my eyes anymore than genetics have given me.... Thanks Dad. >.> lol ) I would read it. As I got older, even when my reading waned I was still in my mind . I went more into writing than before. I would write stories and poetry. My mind was playground. 

Are you an introvert?

It goes without saying I definitely appreciate this video. I love how she encouraged her audience to be open to giving space for introverts rather it's in the school, work place, etc. My thoughts: The best thing an introvert can do for themselves to navigate in the world is to know themselves, their strengths and weaknesses and to find people to balance them out. Where you are weak find a person that can benefit you with their strengths. Of course do not be selfish! Let them use your strengths to benefit them as well. This is what I have in my partner. Three years together and we still mesh because we balance each other out. Where he is weak I am strong and visa versa. Although my introverted tendencies can sometimes hinder my productivity he is there to remind me that "hey maybe you should do this" or "You do realize your behavior isn't helping". When he is stumped on a solution he seeks my help. He always how tells me how smart I am but it's really my strength of analyzing and precaution before doing big actions that comes from my introverted personality.

Shout out to all the Introverted Bloggers!!

If you are an introvert and an aspiring blogger don't be discouraged with blogging. I know I am pretty much a newb when it comes to this specific blog but I would be giving this advice with dealing with anything else. One of the biggest hurdles I had to over come with my first attempts at blogging was figuring out the perfect writing material. I would post and wonder is this good. I got to the point I was too into mind that I stopped posting which was my whole goal in the first place!! No more though. My perfectionism and my strong habit of over thinking will not cease me from doing what I want to do. My path of knowing myself has helped me because I know when I start to become overwhelmed with my high standards for myself in my head: I start to recognize how unpleasant I am feeling emotionally, mentally and physically, tell myself how silly my thoughts are and it's not good for my health and calm down. I get out of my head (something us introverts get stuck in at times...our head!! lol) and start doing. If you need help to remind you of how it's okay for that not every move has to be perfect (because we both know it's perfect is pretty much impossible) and to get out of your head. I of course suggest you bookmark this post and save some motivational memes.

One of my fav motivation memes:
Quote: Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow" - UNKNOWN ihearthoneytan.com
Text says:Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow" - UNKNOWN
Image of Audrey Hepburn form wikipedia.com
source: wikpedia.com
About Audrey Hepburn:
Even in death, British Audrey Hepburn is still a celebrated actress whose reign hails from Hollywood's Golden Age. She is not only known for acting in films, her most recognizable being "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady" but her pleasant beauty, her iconic sense of style and her humanitarian efforts. Go team introverts!

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