[personal profile] ignited_spirit
**This should accomplish two objectives - my first foray into [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol, and I have some new LJ friends, so they will benefit from an intro post**

Tell me about yourself - this statement can trip people up at job interviews, first day of any class from elementary school right up to college/any other time when it is necessary! It is so important to make a good first impression, and it can be stressful. What if I don't say enough? What if I say too much? What would someone be interested in hearing about? I don't want to drive people away from me. I am a very self-conscious person, so I tend to worry more than I should about these things.

Anyway, on with the show.

I used to say that I was the reason why "Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?" is a ridiculous job interview question. You see, about 2001-2002, I had this lovely idea that I was going to get my MA and PhD in Spanish (I idolized one of my professors who saved me from continuing down a destructive path (needless to say, she was not the person I thought she was), and most importantly, I love reading, researching, and learning). However, due to financial, family, and confidence issues, I am still parked with my BA in Spanish (I also have a BA in Sociology) that I graduated with in 2004. Instead of spending tons of money and time indulging my love of reading, researching, and learning, I am spending 40 hours a week "babysitting" about 3,000 distance learning students and navigating the world of office politics as an administrative assistant at our tech college. Definitely not where I pictured myself, that's for sure.

In an effort to be less self-conscious and be more "out there", I have decided to join Toastmasters (I have been attending meetings as a guest for about two weeks now). Not an easy step for a person who has always been "the quiet one". I have taken that step, as I want to be more than "the quiet one". I want to be more confident, more social, more out of my shell. I want to eventually make friends as easy in real life as I do online. I want to silence that nagging voice inside that tells me that I'm worthless, that nobody cares about what I have to say.

In some respects, this is what I hope to gain from LJ Idol. I want to be a better writer so I can write great speeches for Toastmasters. I want to become more open on LiveJournal and step out of my online shell.

I will wind up with the basic/boring/ stuff:

-I am a 31 year old single female living in western Canada

-I am happy with being single - why should I settle? I have tried to dabble in online dating, but I have slacked majorly in that department, and I am taking that as a sign that I am not interested in that at this point.

-I don't have any human children, but I am owned by an almost 5 year old grey kitty cat

-I am not a hot coffee drinker, but I do like iced coffees (I like to make my own iced mochas in the summertime!)

-I hope to buy a condo sometime in 2010

-I want to learn more about photography - pictures hold so many memories and so much meaning in them

-Likes: reading, listening to music, watching movies, learning about things, shopping, baking, cooking, summer

-Dislikes: drama, liars, winter, getting up early (especially in the wintertime!)

Nice to meet everyone, and best of luck to you all :)
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Date: 2009-10-13 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymako71.livejournal.com
G'day, and loverly read. I'm a bit of a language whore myself, and pride myself on my ability to say 'hello' in over 30 languages...I can also star pub fights in about 25 of them. ;) Good luck to you this Idol season. =)

Date: 2009-10-13 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
That's a skill that I would love to have (I have only really dabbled in 3 other languages besides English) - the saying hello thing, not the pub fights ;) (even though I would like to work on standing up for myself!)

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-13 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixie117.livejournal.com
I don't like coffee either, but I love iced coffee. I can't drink it hot, but I adore most other hot drinks so not sure what it is.

Date: 2009-10-14 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I'm not sure what it is for me, either (I will drink hot chocolate and tea, but hot coffee has never appealed to me!)

Date: 2009-10-13 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenandbronze.livejournal.com
We have way too many similarities... Western Canada? Okay you and I live closer to each than we thought *Yikes!* I am on the western side too!

Date: 2009-10-14 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
*Yikes* Luckily the west is so vast and big!

Date: 2009-10-13 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twystedpixie.livejournal.com
Nice to meet you, too! It's funny how Father Time and Mother Nature conspire to fuck things up just when they're going full-steam ahead, no?

Date: 2009-10-14 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It is something else, for sure!!! I think things turned out better in the end for me, though (even though I still think about applying to grad school from time to time).

Date: 2009-10-13 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] java-fiend.livejournal.com
Glad you're taking that step "out there" for yourself. That's very, very awesome. And I wish you all the best this season! I think you're going to be great!

Date: 2009-10-14 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-13 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hopefulspirit.livejournal.com
I always hated that interview question too. This was great to read. :-)

And I agree wholeheartedly with your statement about being single ~ why should we settle! We shouldn't, and that's all there is to it.

Good luck with Idol!

Date: 2009-10-14 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :) I always wonder what interviewers are trying to accomplish with that question (surely they are able to flesh out whether or not someone wishes to stick with the company/position long-term, or what their goals are based on answers to other questions).

Yay for not settling!!!!

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-13 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joeymichaels.livejournal.com
How have you liked Toastmasters? I coach speech and debate and hear it referenced frequently, but haven't much had a chance to talk to anyone whose been through their programs.

Date: 2009-10-14 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
So far, it is going well. One thing I like about it is that everything is done in a positive way (we are given "suggestions for improvement" instead of criticism). I'm sure once I have been in it for a while, I will learn more about it.

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Date: 2009-10-13 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
I have thought of joining Toastmasters in the past. I'd be interested in your experiences. Good luck!

Date: 2009-10-14 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I had thought of joining it for a long time before I started going to meetings (and I will officially join at the next meeting I go to, which will be on Monday the 19th!)

Date: 2009-10-13 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imafarmgirl.livejournal.com
Welcome. I think LJ Idol is fantastic for developing writing skills.

Date: 2009-10-14 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-13 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormkitty.livejournal.com
I've thought about joining Toastmasters, too, because I'm so painfully shy when it comes to meeting new people (which is really a problem in my industry). I can't wait to read more from you. Best of luck this season!

Date: 2009-10-14 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I had thought of joining long before I actually started going to meetings (and I will officially join soon - I wish I had decided to join long before now!).

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-13 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onda-bianca.livejournal.com
The "tell me about yourself" question always seems to phase me at job interviews no matter how prepared I am!

2010 used to seem so far away...and it's so close now! SCARY!

Date: 2009-10-14 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Same here - it's always hard to gauge just what each interviewer wants to know.

It is scary - it seems like only yesterday it was 2000!!!!!

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Date: 2009-10-13 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
You should've put babysitting your co-workers, because they are all seriously 5. I like it though. It's very informative and conversational. Photography is wonderful. :) I think I knew almost all of this, which means I know more about you than I thought. :)

Date: 2009-10-14 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I should have!!!!

I think I might have mentioned things before, but they just got buried in the coworker rants!!!!

Date: 2009-10-13 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillyliss.livejournal.com
This was really fun to read. And it is exciting to see someone a bit introverted like me reaching out there and doing things outside of her comfort zone.

I have wondered, how did you come up with your username?

Also, I completely agree about iced coffee, only if it has tons of sugar or sugary syrup in it, though!

Date: 2009-10-14 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

It's the name of a song by Carrie Underwood (interestingly enough, the song talks about how things that we think are so important really aren't).

Date: 2009-10-13 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zia-narratora.livejournal.com
Same deal with online dating. Only I kind of suspect part of it is that I'm not interested enough in the people I've met that way. But yeah, just not worth the time.

Nice to meet you and good luck!

Date: 2009-10-14 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I've tried dabbling in online dating, but I wish not to pursue it further at this time (I'm sure down the road, I will re-enter a phase where I want to meet someone).

Thank you and the same to you :)

Date: 2009-10-14 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beautyofgrey.livejournal.com
I also hate getting up early in the winter. It's already too cool here, for October.

Nice to meet you. :)

Date: 2009-10-14 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It's already too cool here as well!!!!! It's not fair.

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-14 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnmill79.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think Lj did much to help me open up and learn more about myself and where I wanna go. Not saying I've exactly figured out yet, just that I'm getting there! The five-year question terrifies me too. Let's see if I'm still walking and breathing by then. lol Welcome to the contest.

Date: 2009-10-14 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
LJ has definitely been a help in figuring myself out as well.

Thank you.

Date: 2009-10-14 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cacophonesque.livejournal.com
That 5/10 years question is a killer. I'm not at all where I would have pictured myself ending up 5-10 years ago. For the most part that's actually ok, because I'm much happier than I was then regardless of whether I achieved all of my hopes and dreams.

Date: 2009-10-14 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I would be hard-pressed to find anyone who is where they pictured themselves ending up 5-10 years ago! It seems like so many people have either changed their paths, or circumstances have changed their paths for them.

Date: 2009-10-14 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crimsonplum.livejournal.com
It's nice to know I'm not the only one that says I'm owned by my cats. :)

Intriguing intro and great goals! Best of luck this season.

Date: 2009-10-14 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
One authoritative-sounding meow and we're owned!!!!

Thank you and same to you :)

Date: 2009-10-14 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norda.livejournal.com
Toastmasters! An excellent way to shut off what I call "the broken record" we all seem to have in our heads.

Date: 2009-10-14 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I agree with you completely :)

Date: 2009-10-14 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thndrstd.livejournal.com
I love your likes and dislikes. They could have been plucked from my mind.

Good to meet you and good luck to you this season.

Date: 2009-10-14 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you and good luck to you as well!

Date: 2009-10-14 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
Hi there!

Best of luck this season. :)

Date: 2009-10-14 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you and same to you :)

Date: 2009-10-14 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] monkeysugarmama.livejournal.com
I work in a university library...I understand about babysitting and bureaucracy, ugh.

I think it's really cool that you are doing Toastmasters. I'm not big on public speaking myself, although I do teach a class which requires me to get out of my comfort zone.

Welcome to Idol - good luck this season!

Date: 2009-10-14 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I had thought of joining Toastmasters for a while now - I really wish I had joined sooner. I don't think I'll ever be big on public speaking, but I think I can learn a lot from being in it!!

Thank you and same to you :)

Date: 2009-10-14 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misalady.livejournal.com
Good luck this season!

Date: 2009-10-14 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-10-15 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wickedsin.livejournal.com
Yay intro post!

Date: 2009-10-16 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I had been meaning to do one for my LJ friends, never got around to it, and the first LJ Idol topic was an introduction, so I had to do one :)

Date: 2009-10-15 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teenagewitch.livejournal.com
Great intro post. I also hate getting up early though its not restricted to the Winter. Hope you don't mind but I added you to my friends list so I can read your entries easier!

Date: 2009-10-16 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

I don't mind at all - I added you as well :)
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