1. It makes my angry when store advertisements tell me to "Hurry!" If something is on sale for a limited time and I desperately want that sale item, I'll hurry all by my big self to purchase it without some marketer telling me to get a move on. I have enough "Hurry!" in my life that is self-induced. So if a store is gonna tell me to hurry, I will flat out refuse. And I'll get pissed, which means I may not shop at that store at all just out of principle.
2. I sometimes cut my hair as a symbolic gesture. This is not categorically true, but I just hacked off my hair and it felt momentous--like the beginning of a new era. An era of hope and easier hair maintenance.
(Aside: I have no intention of changing the header on my blog to reflect my new tresses--so that long-haired Anna at the top of my blog page is going to stay there with her red hair blowing. Oh, and yes, my hair is still red.)
3. I hold grudges. I never thought I did, but in some areas I've discovered I do. I hold grudges when:
- people don't reply to emails/text messages/phone calls
- people forget my birthday
- people label me
These grudges are not malicious or vengeful, and they may only last a few days. But in some things (like the labeling) I guess I'm like Mr. Darcy in that "my good opinion lost is lost forever." Well, maybe not forever, but it'll take awhile to undo the grudginess.
4. I've been spelling Muenster cheese wrong my whole life. I spelled it Meunster cheese. I'm working through a 12-step plan for recovering from this lapse in judgement.
5. I'm addicted to purchasing autumnal attire. Boots, coats, hats, scarves. Either I need to live in a place of perpetual Fall or I need to go through another 12-step plan for un-addicting myself to these purchases. However, I'm not sure I'm ready to give this addition up yet.
6. When my personal life is out of control, it does not affect my professional life--in fact, my professional life actually improves because it is a place where I have control, where I feel successful, where I can close the door on the crazy of the rest of my life. It is often said that men compartmentalize well and women do not. For me, I am a successful compartmentalizer. (Take that, gender stereotypes!)
7. I hate big hunks of celery in soup and potato salad and pretty much everything else in which big chunks of celery are typically found.
8. I am terrible at saving money for a rainy day. By the way I spend money you would think every day is a rainy day. (And, loving rainy days, it would be fabulous if that were true!)
9. I keep my circle of friendship small because I have little patience for surfacey relationships--"Go deep or go home" could be a motto I embroider on a pillow. And I'm particular about those with whom I go deep. Thus the small friendship circle. Unfortunately, some people interpret this as snobbery.
10. I have always pronounced the "T" in often. But the "T" is silent. This falls into the same category of Meun--ahem, Muenster Cheese. I'm still recovering.
And, speaking of seeing myself more clearly, I also took the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment for the first time since leaving college. I challenge you to take it. (You can take it online for FREE by clicking here. But you don't have to "Hurry!" because I'm not one of those pushy marketers.) Give it a go when you have a minute. Check out your results. While a test NEVER defines you, it can at times offer you some insight into yourself.
I'm an INFJ. (See, if you've taken the test you'll know what that means.) What personality type are you?
Have a hopeful Wednesday!