27. Self Discovery | 31 Days

This is post 27/31 of Write 31 Days. See full list HERE.

I love personality tests. I love answering the questions and then reading the descriptions about the different types. There’s something satisfying about reading about the quirks and functions of your personality in black and white. Sometimes you find truth that you weren’t even aware of.

In the past, I’ve kind of haphazardly identified with a type here and another type there. But then, a couple of weeks ago, I really started considering things like my working style and whether or not I’m truly an extrovert or an introvert or somewhere in the middle. I thought about how I process information, what makes me tick and why and how I react to different situations. It’s weird to admit that I haven’t truly examined myself, because it would seem that I should know myself pretty well by now, but it’s true–I haven’t taken the time to really examine myself. I know this because I don’t know how to answer personality test questions sometimes. I know this cause I had to ask other people to tell me about my behavior. For real, I do thatI always considered myself to be fairly self aware but lately, I’ve realized how much I haven’t been paying enough attention. I have strengths that I need to capitalize on and weaknesses that are quite childish and need to be worked on.

I believe that a good healthy self awareness is one of the things that separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls. Think about the immature adults you know. When you try to gently point out a weakness you perceive in them, they don’t want to hear it. Or when something doesn’t go as planned, they have a hard time adjusting. Or it’s never their fault. Or they’re inconsiderate of other people’s opinions and feelings. Or it’s their way or the highway. Or they never have a kind word to say cause they’re too busy gossiping about everybody else’s lives. Immaturity isn’t like skin you grow out of and shed; it’s something you have to intentionally work hard to overcome. 

The truth is, we all have weaknesses and we all trip up and bump heads every once in awhile. But a healthy self-awareness is a necessity for healthy lifestyles and relationships. You can’t grow if you don’t know that you’re still clinging to childish parts of you. You can’t mature if you’re not willing to make changes. 

I don’t think their’s ever an age where you “arrive”. I think every season comes with some kind of self discovery. But you have to start somewhere. You can’t let life happen to you, you have to go out and live life on purpose. And part of that living is knowing the quirks and functions of your personality. That knowledge gives you a place to work from, to relate from, to play from, and even to ask forgiveness from. 

Oh yeah, I’m an ENFP. Like Carol Burnett. Ooooh and Meg Ryan. I’m independent and I crave creativity and freedom. I tend to overthink and I am easily stressed, and find it difficult to focus sometimes. I’m working on it. However, I do know how to relax and I’m a good communicator. I can work with that!

What are you? If you’ve never done it, take the test at 16 Personalities. It’s fun! You may be surprised at what you find 🙂 

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31 Days of The Student Life

1 Big Idea + 31 Days of Blogging = one giant leap into the great unknown. 

Okay, maybe it’s not so dramatic as all that. 

Okay just kidding, yes it is. For me, anyway. I’ll give you the short version of the story.

I’ve been working on this really big project – a podcast called The Student Life. It’s set to launch on October 13th. While swimming through the quagmire that is the life of a newbie producer, I got this email reminding me that the 31 Days of Writing challenge is about to start. 

Whaaaa?? …Oh yeah! I remember signing up for that!

When I tell you I serve a God of impeccable timing, I so mean it.

This is THE perfect challenge to couple with my podcast launch. A good, strong, terrifying dose of accountability is just what I need to make this idea of mine actually see the light of day.

So I’m going to commit to 31 days of writing about this thing I call The Student Life. Yes me, the girl who has never finished a photo-a-day challenge on Instagram or stuck to a blog series of her own ever. I’m committing to 31 days of exploring the unconventional education I pursued in college and continue to pursue post-degree.

Here’s to one giant leap!

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Here we go, October readers 🙂


31 Days of The Student Life

 

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Day 1 | Speed Limits

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Day 2 | Good Mornings

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Day 3 | The Truth About Wisdom

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Day 4 | Snapshots

You're Not Good At Everything

Day 5 | You’re Not Good at Everything

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Day 6 | Practice Not Included

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Day 7 | The Next Step

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Day 8 | My Writer’s Heart

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Day 9 | Drawing Boards

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Day 10 | Forever in His Care

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Day 11 | The Dip

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Day 12 | Happiness

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Day 13 | Comparison Kills

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Day 14 | Do Not Hand Over the Mic

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Day 15 | Know Your MO

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Day 16 | Show Up

Space

Day 17 | Space

Childhood Speaks

Day 18 | Childhood Speaks

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Day 19 | Morning Song

The Slump

Day 20 | The Slump

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Day 21 | Dreamers

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Day 22 | If It Makes You Happy

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Day 25

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Day 26 | Happens Every Time

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Day 27 | Self Discovery

Day 28 | Sometimes

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