Know Yourself

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We all evolve and change. That’s a fact. For me, personally, I seek out change. I try to learn about others’ stories and experiences, I try my best to read about things I know nothing about and I’m greatly changed daily by my husband (in the best possible way).

Last week, Adam and I presented at Pecha Kucha (I illustrated our slides). We talked about intention and how it’s important to be aware of what you soak in, what actions you take and then reflect on why you did it all. It’s also important to be aware of how your environment affects your intentions and decision making.

The presentation went very well and seemed to spark a renewed sense of motivation inside of me. Adam and I had a fantastic weekend talking about what we want out of life, what kind of work we want to create and who we are. Sound deep? It is.

I ended my weekend with a little painting and I re-took two personality tests. 16 Personalities and 9Types. I had not taken either in probably 5-6 years. I encourage all of you to take them both! Here’s a little bit about me:

  • I am an INTJ (Architect). 16 Personalities explain that “INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.”
  • Upon taking the 9Types test, I found that I’m #4/The Artist/The Romantic. It explains that people like me are intuitive, jealous and creative. We experience dark moods and pick up on the feelings of others easily. I scored a close second between The Perfectionist and The Achiever.

After sharing my results, Adam (being the amazing helper/partner that he is) told me that instead of pushing down who I truly am, he hopes to see more of me throughout the rest of our life together. And so I came away from this past weekend with a few goals:

  1. Embrace my emotions and feelings.
  2. Be more of who I am.
  3. Stay centered on gratitude and thankfulness.
  4. Find ways to engage in community, friendship and giving back.

If you don’t know your personality type – I suggest you give the tests a try! While not everything is always accurate, it feels good to feel known and to understand your strengths and weaknesses.

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  • I was always thought I was introverted because I liked to read (I was stereotyping myself, lol) but realized I was very much extroverted. I’m ENFP! As much as I love reading and quiet time, I get my energy from being around people. I also took the other test and I got The Helper.

  • So interesting! I love personality tests. I got “THE DEFENDER” (ISFJ-T) and #6/The Skeptic. The committed, security-oriented type with #2/The Helper, #4/The Artist, and #9/The Peacemaker all close for second.

    All very spot on for me!