365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Relationships

6.21.19

Day 32

What makes you lovable?

  • My comical personality and willingness to go out of my way to make people laugh and smile
  • my willingness to help people 
  • my open mindedness and the fact I enjoy trying new things and going to new places
  • The fact I enjoy motivating people and building them up to their true potential
  • the fact I have a good heart, good intentions and love seeing people I care about succeed in life in whatever makes them happiest
  • I am real about things, I don’t tell people what they want to hear, I tell them the truth 
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365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Past

3.29.19

Day 22

Did you find it easy to get along with your peers when you were growing up?

  • I’d say it was a mix of yes and no, because of me being an athlete all my life, I could make friends quite easily but when due to my socially awkward personality and struggling between wanting to fit in with the “cool” kids and being myself; sometimes it was harder to get along with peers. I was always the class clown growing up, I could make people laugh at my own expense but after awhile I then learned the difference between someone laughing with me and someone laughing at me & it truly opened my eyes to how some people perceived me. 
Would you say you got along with your peers growing up, or were you an outcast? 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Feelings & Emotions

1.16.19

Day 17

What makes you laugh?

  • When my mom is being silly, my own jokes sometimes (yes I laugh at my own jokes), conversations I have had with certain individuals, live stand up comedy, a group of my friends and me having fun. I like making people laugh, so laughing is my thing, something I have grown to enjoy and enjoy being part of when it isn’t making fun/light of someone but instead when it is fulfilling someones need to have a good day or brightening up the mood or just to show interest in someone and what they are saying that brings you joy. Laughing is good for the soul. 
Anything in particular make you laugh? Is it hard to make you laugh, or do you laugh at almost anything? 

365 Days of self discovery: Day 107

12.18.18

What five words would you use to describe yourself?

  • Comical
  • brave
  • helpful
  • adventurous
  • athletic

What is five words you would use to describe yourself? Leave answers in the comments! 

365 days of self discovery: day 15

How would you describe yourself to a stranger?

  • Easy going, socially awkward until I have gotten to know you. Fairly private person but if you stay in my life long enough & end up being someone I trust, I share many aspects of my life.
  • I am a great listener, love giving people advice/encouragement to make their day. I am athletic in stature & personality wise, goofy. I can come off intimidating when I’m not smiling, but if you are friendly towards me, I will be the same way towards you unless I am having a bad day, then I will be standoffish. I have a big heart, and a good soul, and I take pride in wanting to be the best person I can be. 

Describing yourself to someone new can be hard, because so few words but many aspects that I am sure you would want to mention –I feel as though many people don’t enjoy talking about themselves, so it is harder for them to do so, but I think it is important that we know ourselves or at least have a grasp on who we are and what we would want someone to say about us. I know this question won’t be difficult for all of you, but for the ones that it will hold a challenge to, please do your best in answering & be honest. Don’t be ashamed if it isn’t long or detailed, this is what self discovery is about. 

Shay-lon

365 Day Self Discovery Challenge: Day One.

What are three things you like most about yourself?

Like most people, this was somewhat difficult; and not because I don’t like anything about myself, but because I didn’t know what I liked “most” about myself. It was almost like having to play the elimination game as to what was most important to me. I figured at somewhat this would be a question, I didn’t expect it to be the first question during the challenge. Many times people ask this question when they are trying to make you realize your worth, or have you analyze what traits you have that are good, that are good enough & that one should be proud of. It shouldn’t be a difficult question, assuming you are decent human being who has friends and family that love you. if that’s the case, it should be more of why? why do people flock to you, or like you? but deeper than that, does their reason for liking you match your own reason for liking yourself? If your friends tell you that like you because you are helpful, do you believe you are helpful? do you believe you hold that trait or do you believe it is only based on the fact you allow people to take advantage of you? Sometimes the traits others like about us, aren’t traits we necessarily agree with ourselves — it’s possible that the traits me hold that we enjoy are the ones that many people don’t see or happen to not take interest in, or perhaps are traits you hide in order to protect yourself. Regardless, I think this was a perfect first question, because I know this is an important question if I want to get to know myself on a deeper level. 

The first answer I had to this question is:

  1. The fact I can make anybody laugh without trying. It explains itself, but I have always had this inner self that enjoyed making others laugh. I was the class-clown throughout elementary, middle and high school — it was just who I was; silly, comical, sarcastic and very witty when it came to putting a smile on someone’s face (even if it meant I was embarrassing myself in order to do so) but now when I read this, I think of the many times, I was making people laugh on my own expense & it didn’t feel as good afterwards — It was like I was walking joke; how can someone take anyone seriously if all that do is crack jokes and act childishly? They can’t & I think that’s the con to this trait. Its being able to make someone laugh but not realizing that in the long run, laughing was also my way of hiding behind a mask to cover up my insecurities. If I wanted to feel comfortable in a setting, or wanted to fit in with people, it was my way of auditioning for the cool kid table, my way of proving my own worth to others. Basically sums up why, I still use laughing gigs in order to make me feel comfortable or at ease. My random thoughts, jokes, and bouts of sarcasm are hiding my social anxiety. It’s a wonder that when I tell people I have social anxiety, they always reply with “I wouldn’t have guessed”. While I love making people laugh, I also want people to take me seriously & I don’t want to continue to use it as a shield for my social anxiety, I want to utilize it as a trait that makes other people comfortable around me and not make me stand out as the standing joke. 
  2. That I am a good goal setter, and ambitious.  This trait alone is rarity these days because people become complacent when they are comfortable, but I always aim for much more than that for myself, because I see how far others have come to meet their goals & I decide that anything is possible after that, even if it means I have to put in more work. My ambition gives me drive and allows me to set goals, but when my ambition runs low, so does my motivation to set goals and achieve them. I have worked aimlessly to meet deadlines, to achieve great things within my life but the problem is when you are as ambitious as myself, you never see it as an accomplishment, only another step in the right direction. You wear yourself thin to the point where you either shut down, or give up, or become stressed out to the point of rage & it does you know good, but you feel as though you are always behind when really you made progress. I don’t know what progress is when I am embarking on a new goal or taking another leap forward, it never feels like an achievement in my eyes, it’s almost like I am moving in slow motion; light years away from the finish line. I love my ambitious personality and the fact I see better for myself, but it hinders me from seeing the overall scope of things, it brings the worst out of me when I don’t feel like I am being productive in my life, when I feel like I could be so much further but I am not, it hinders my mentality and gives me stress, overwhelms me and brings me down in a slump at the sight of how much more pavement I have left. It’s a curse and blessing.
  3. My ability to motivate myself. I don’t rely on the support of others to get me through the day, to have me start my daily routine, to give me the energy after work to attend the gym for a workout, to wake up out of bed after a break up.  I don’t like relying on other people for motivation because I have seen where people have let people down & the end result never ends well. I don’t need a cheerleader in order to hit a PR or a friend to attend the gym with me in order for me to feel obligated to go, I use my own intrinsic motivation to get me by because at the end of the day, that’s what works best. The problem with relying on yourself is the fact we are human and have bad days & when they happen, it’s hard to talk yourself out of the bad day.. so that’s when a friend/peer/family member would be a good asset. There have been days that I had wished I gotten a text or phone call or note telling me that I am doing awesome & to keep it up but because I don’t get that kind of support from anyone, I have to focus in on myself and use what’s most important to me to help me pick myself back up again if need be. It isn’t easy relying on your own motivation; but it makes you stronger and gives you a sense of independence. 

I want all of you to give this challenge a try and make a blog post — asking yourself this same question and answering it. I want you to tag me and or send me the blog post when finished so that I can read it & be apart of your personal self discovery. I think self discovery can be done in many different forms and takes time, & so, if you need a reason to do it, do it because you want to continue to grow and want to learn more about yourself. In fact I am doing both, keeping a private journal handwritten and sharing this journey with all of you on my blog. I hope if anything else, you can share your journey with me and feel open to talk to me about many depths of who you are. Thank you for reading & see you tomorrow for day 2. 

Shay-lon