Who I am

With all this talk of personality tests, I thought it best to share my results with you.  So here you go…all the goods on Jill.

My top 5 strengths in StrengthsFinder are:

Analytical (always analyzing details and data)

Learner (love the process of learning something new)

Harmony (with people and in the environment around me)

Responsibility (take psychological control of whatever their responsibility they are given)

Individualization (sees each person as an individual with skills and talents)

My Myers Briggs Personality Type (MBTI) is:

INTJ (I lean hard towards P as well…it’s very possible I’m a J due to my J parents)

Here’s what myersbriggs.com says about my personality.  “Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.”

If I were to come out as a INTP here’s that description: “Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.”

I would tend to believe INTP would be more fitting for me.  You can see how my analytical and learner strengths flow right into the description of my Myers Briggs personality type.  I’ve gone through numerous trainings on these different tests, but so far I’ve found that Myers Briggs has been the easiest implement into a team environment.

What’s your personality type?  Your strengths?  Your MBTI type?

What’s Your Type?

I LOVE personality tests!  Love, love, love them!  I love them so much that I love studying the thinking behind the test itself just to understand the outcome even better.

I’m not gonna lie, I still have my results from a personality/career test I took at the end of my high school career.  It’s really fun to see how I haven’t changed…yet life has changed so much!  It’s interesting to me that even in my younger years when I was confused and insecure, the core of who I am was is still the same.

There are so many different personality tests out there.  Myers Briggs, DISC, and StrengthsFinder are the most common with each giving you a different style of result.  I believe the results from each test can be used to help bring clarity to who you are and how you work best.

So which test is your favorite?  Have you used one in your workplace, church, or with your family?  If you were using one of these in a team or business situation, which one would you recommend?

Why All This Waiting?

This fall my church is hosting a ladies small group on Susie Larson‘s book Your Beautiful Purpose.  I can’t tell you how perfect the timing is for me to read this!  God has just started revealing His purpose for me and even though it’s a long time off from happening, I’m excited to have a destination or goal to work towards.

Our chapter this week was on trusting God’s timing as we wait on God.  Here is an excerpt from it:

Beautiful Purpose

“From the time we wake up to God’s divine purposes to the time we walk out those purposes in obedience and faith, we stand as works in progress, tested through trial, completed through perseverance.  It takes guts to reach out a hand for Jesus and to follow Him to places unknown.  Oftentimes, those places require humble surrender, gritty faith, and patient trust.”

The last few months have been trying for me.  I feel like God has me in this time of waiting but He’s not wasting it.  Instead He’s using it to reveal my dirt, my ick.  You know how fun it is to see your insecurities, pride, and fear placed right before you as you realize it MUST be dealt with before you can move on.  I have to say I’m not a big fan of this process!  It’s like becoming a parent and realizing how selfish you are!  But this new, higher level of responsibility shows a new level of behaviors that must be dealt with to be successful in what God has called you to do.

We have to surrender to the truth that we need work.  We will never arrive at our Destination Perfection but we can trust that God is gentle and kind as He reveals His corrections along the way.  It is a journey and it’s so worth it.

What’s REALLY Going On?

It never ceases to amaze me how understanding people is so essential to everyday life.  You can see it anywhere.  Understanding your family members, coworkers, boss, the people driving next to you (or in front of you!), or even the lady in line waiting for coffee is essential.  Sometimes we react to their behaviors without giving a thought to WHY they are behaving this way.

At Target today there was a mom is yelling at her kid.  Like yelling many rows away from me and I could still plainly hear her.  What is your first thought about that situation?  Perhaps if you’re not a parent yet you are wondering why this mom can’t keep her kid under control.  Maybe you see it from the kids point of view and think that mom needs to watch how she talks (or yells) at her kid.  Or maybe you even see if from the Mom’s point of view thinking she probably is really struggling right now.  The truth is we tend to jump to one of these (or many other) conclusions.  One sticks out it our brain and is the first thing we go to when our ears are bombarded by the sound of the crying child and yelling mother. 

But what’s the truth?  You don’t know what’s been going on at home for the last 24 hours.  Or how many times that child has disobeyed.  Or if there is a sick husband at home, or in the hospital, if the child has a learning disability, or if mom is 1st trimester pregnant (which we all know can be horrendous!).  Seriously, the options are endless!

How do we react?  Do we pass judgement or do we question WHY this is happening?  Do we give the mom some grace?  

A few weeks ago at Walmart, there was a young man in a wheelchair grunting and groaning.  Of course my kids wanted to stare and see what was going on.  I instructed them not to stare and instead looked them full in the face and took the opportunity to talk with them about the young man.  It just so happens that I ran into his mom at the register.  No, I didn’t know the family.  But she was talkative and I still have my small town charm, so we were chatting it up.  She told me her son used to be in a home, but that they were now taking care of him.  They are upside down on the their house, so they will be staying in their current house for some time even though they thought of a smaller home.  She said her son had gotten too excited while in the store so her husband took him out to the car.  Her attitude about life was so refreshing!  It was great for my boys to see this.  Honestly, how many times do you get to see things full circle like that?

As a Christian, I see many times in the Bible that we are supposed to LOVE one another.  Many times people think this love comes through an act of service, but we can love one another by simply NOT passing judgement on them.  

So next time you’re out and about and see a situation unfolding, I encourage you to think of at least 3-4 possibilities of what could be going on right now with that person.  It will change the way you see people!  

Return From the Dead

Hi all!  It’s me, Jill.  It has been a LONG time…I know.  So much life has happened over the last 6 months I wouldn’t know where to start.  So let’s just make this a fresh start.

I was recently inspired by some words from my good friend Lauren.  Actually, God uses this lady all the time, so it was no surprise that the words she spoke lead me here.  You see I know writing is healthy and helpful for me.  Hopefully you find some amusement in reading my crazy stories as well.  So we’ll call it a WIN-WIN.

Even though this is a fresh start, the purpose is the same.

I am on a journey to see people as unique.  We all have different talents, different strengths, and different passions.  I’m on the path to discover not only mine, but those of the people around me.

This is the start of something beautiful.