Innie or Outie?

In my moments of solitude, I’ve wondered if I was a closet introvert (pun intended.) Happily, I came across the Quiet Quiz on Susan Cain’s web site. Susan is the author of the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Now I know the meaning of life! Ok, no, but now I have an idea of how my mostly extroverted side compares to my sometimes introverted side.

Here are my responses to the 12 True/False questions:

1. I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.
False.
There are times when I prefer one-on-ones, but on the most part, I like to catch up with my cherished girl-groups (not to be mistaken with girl-bands. Although, we’re those too.)

2. I often prefer to express myself in writing.
True.
While I’m enjoying this new(-to-me) outlet of blogging, I’ve always kept a journal in some form.

3. I enjoy solitude.
(Mostly) True.
Some days, I revel in Karen time with my PVR or Netflix. Other days, it’s like living with the Riddler, what with all the questions I ask the hubz in my desire to catch up and connect after a long day.

4. I seem to care about wealth, fame, and status less than my peers.
False.
Ya, no. I strive to be the Best. Project. Manager. Ever.

5. People tell me that I’m a good listener.
False.
I’m a chronic interrupter, and constantly have to put myself in check to remain attentive and quiet. I even interrupt myself. Sorry, self.

6. I’m not a big risk-taker.
True.
While at times I enjoy the fruits of the mantra “do what scares you”, there’ll be no sky diving for me, thank you very much.

7. I enjoy work that allows me to “dive in” with few interruptions.
False.
It’s hard for me to focus on one task for an extended period of time, unless I’m on deadline. I prefer to jump around like a hummingbird.

8. I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
True.
Unless it’s a milestone, I prefer low-key birthdays. Because I’m old now.

9. People describe me as “soft-spoken” or “mellow.”
False.
This is never, ever true. Ok, wait, maybe in yoga. But outside Karen is loud.

10. I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.
False.
Just like Kanye, I enjoy collaborations, especially on something I haven’t done before.

11. I tend to think before I speak.
False.
Nope. I suffer from verbal diarrhea.

12. I often let calls go through to voice-mail.
True.
Now you know why I don’t answer the phone. Just text me.

My results?

E/I = Ambivert. If you answered the questions evenly, true and false,
you’re probably an ambivert – meaning that you fall smack in the middle
of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. In many ways, ambiverts have the best of
both worlds, able to tap into either pole as needed.

I’m indecisive, so this makes sense.

I think.

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Shift.

Isn’t it funny how a mere shift in your perspective can dramatically change your outlook?

When I approach a roadblock, my initial reaction is to freak the f**k out. What can I say, the Flores’ are an emotional bunch! However, once I take a step back, assess the situation, identify what I have the power to change, and realize what I need to accept if I can’t change things, then I’m fine.

Really.

Reflect.

Practicing up at the lake this past weekend, I was brought back to the moment where I first found my practice 8 years ago: an outdoor yoga class on a cruise line’s private beach in Haiti on the Caribbean Sea. I’d tried yoga before, but was too distracted by own inflexibility and how ridiculous the Sankskrit names of the poses sounded to me that I could not take it seriously. I’m not sure what it was that day on the beach that changed things for me, but I felt something completely different while doing those poses. Was I shedding the old me and revealing a new me by holding those poses? Or were the yoga poses an expression of my true self? Either way, it gave me a taste of what I could accomplish, with nothing but a mat and my open mind to guide me.

Rad!

One fun way I like to stay active and enjoy the summer is to run! And by “run”, I mean move my body in a manner that makes you think I am running, but am actually moving at a speed slower than when I walk (pro athlete, I am not). But it’s a quick and fun way to get my move on!

Early this year my bff told me about a new race that was coming to Winnipeg in July: Color Me Rad! Inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi, where participants celebrate the beginning of spring by throwing coloured powder at each other, Color Me Rad is a 5 km race where runners get dyed cornstarch flung at them every kilometre, ending in a big colourful cloud!

It was definitely the best race I’d run to date. Check out all the fun (and yes, our shirts were white when we started):

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 Passing through the 3 km colour station.
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Fierce.

CMR5Feeling pumped post-race!

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My requisite half moon pose, bound for good measure.

See you next year!