Image

Personality Tests

What kind of person are you?  Do you lean towards being introspective and introverted?  Or are you outgoing and energetic, motivated by contact with other people and new activities?  Personality tests can be a fun thing to do (when you probably should be doing something else but need five minutes distraction) and are often quite insightful.  They can help you to understand yourself a bit better and even point you in the right direction in regards to careers and life goals.  Or, from another viewpoint, they are a load of codswallop and have no real merit.  But sometimes it’s nice to have something vaguely scientific explaining the way you feel, act, and interact with others.  Even if you have to accept some unwanted truths about yourself.

Either way, they can be enjoyable to do.  Unless you get a result that tells you you’re a psychopath or something.  That’s probably not ideal.  You probably just answered a question incorrectly.  Don’t worry about it.

I have done the Myers-Briggs Personality Test a few times over the years and always get the same result.  I am an INFJ (The Advocate), which means I am (apparently) “typically compassionate, idealistic as well as imaginative and visionary. They are also sensitive and reserved” but also prone to stress, exhaustion and over-zealousness.  I am also “quiet and mystical”.  Ha ha.  Why don’t they just say I’m weird and be done with it?

INFJs also tend to “internalise conflict into their bodies and experience health problems when stressed”.  Yep – that’s me alright.  Spot on.

I share my weird personality traits with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Alanis Morisette, Carrie Fisher, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, so I am not in bad company.  Fairly sure they have some other secret superpower though.  Like, I dunno, awesomeness, talent and courage in the face of adversity.  I still need to learn those things so it might be a while before anyone names me a saint or screen-prints my face onto a t-shirt.  I can wait.

You can take take a version of the test HERE

 

IMG_8831

Advertisements
Image

Altered Tribe

Hello everyone.  I hope you are well and enjoying the Spring or Autumn weather (whichever applies to you!).  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering in the midst of the hurricanes and whatnot that are happening right now.  Dreadful business.  I keep thinking about all the animals that will be lost and frightened (and of course the people who are in the same situation).  So many terrorist incidents everywhere too.  The world is just not a safe place any more.  I sometimes think human beings are the least human beings of all.

Which brings me to my current arty obsession which is taking over my craft room (and life).  I am still making lots of collages, but now a few of them are featuring characters from what I like to call my “Altered Tribe”.  Part human, part animal or bird (or a combination of all three!), these “people” are a bit of an homage to Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up routine, where he said “To hell with the world, I can make my own people!” (when talking about becoming a parent).  Well, sort of.  Mostly, they’re just an indication of how much I like to cut stuff out (and usually give myself a headache in the process because I seem to always be cutting out teeny tiny fiddly bits).

IMG_0270

I like to add wings to everything (you may have noticed this before) and antlers are also something I love.  Who doesn’t love antlers???  They make things more magical and mythical somehow.  Pop a pretty vintage lady’s head on a bird’s body and bung some antlers on and – hey presto! – you’re making your own people!  I’m particularly fond of birds of prey – those big feet and talons are lovely – but wrens or robins, ducks or doves make me just as happy.

IMG_0273

It can be tricky matching the right head with the right body etc.  If they head isn’t angled in the right way, it can throw the whole thing off.  So I spend ages going through my collage files to find just the right pieces to go together.  Cue more headaches.  I recently bought some nice old children’s books to cut up – they have lots of wonderful illustrations of all sorts of animals, birds and children.

So, I have lots of works-in-progress happening right now.  I try and do lots of prep in the evenings so I can accomplish more on the weekends.  I don’t want to waste too much time base-coating or fiddling about looking for pieces when I am in creation mode.  I just want to get stuck in and make stuff.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made these creatures – they’ve popped up every now and then in my cards and collages over the years.  But right now I am really enjoying bringing them into being and am loving sourcing new body parts!  Gives me another excuse to trawl through op-shops and find more old books 🙂  I’m also trying to branch out into other critters – hares and horses and dogs, to name a few.  There’s really no limit to what can be utilised and put together.  So expect to see a few donkey-rabbit-fish hybrids!

What would your “tribe” look like?
🙂

IMG_0269

Image

Winter is Coming (and why I’m not going to complain about it so much this year)

I hate Winter.  I have said this many, many times.  I hate it so much that now, when it is actually still Autumn, I am already complaining and wearing scarves and boots and generally walking around being miserable with a definite case of SAD.  I hate that I have to wear trousers and jeans – ugh!  I hate that my fingers ache and my nose is red and I can’t feel my toes.  I hate that my hair goes from being a bit mad, to downright mental and ridiculous.  I spend several months looking like a drowned, frizzy rat.

I hate that the mornings are so cold and dark, and getting up is not only miserable but confusing (Body : Why are we getting out of bed?  It’s pitch black outside – surely it is not morning yet, you stupid girl!). I hate that everyone else whinges about the heat in Summer (which lasts for about three seconds, as opposed to Winter which lasts FOREVER!!!) and “enjoys” the cooler days.  Bah humbug to them, I say!

But then, after the events of this week in Manchester,  I stopped hating Winter quite so much.  Because I’m sure that all of the parents that lost children in that attack would trek through snow and ice, in bare feet, carrying the weight of the world on their back, just to see their loved ones again.  I’m cold – they’ve lost a child.  There’s no contest there.  Teenagers and adults also lost their lives – they will never feel the sting of Winter again, never get to complain about cold feet or rain-frizzed hair, never get to snuggle up with the people they love and enjoy a hot cup of tea.

The world is so scary right now.  I don’t know how it will ever get better.  And, although we are all focused on Manchester right now, there are of course incidents like this happening all over the world, in many different countries, and we tend to become jaded and desensitised about it, especially when it isn’t happening in our own backyard.  People live with this kind of terror every single day, for years on end, and it barely gets reported or, if it does, it comes somewhere down the list below some football team winning a championship and Taylor Swift’s latest relationship.

I don’t claim to know anything about politics, religion, or world affairs, or much about anything, really.  I tend to not watch the news because it’s so dreadfully depressing and upsetting.  I find myself just NOT WANTING TO KNOW.  Which is bad, I know, but I feel helpless and sad and anxious when I see/hear things I can’t do anything about.  And nowhere feels safe anymore.  And I have little people in my life who are just starting out and I fear for them so much.  I just pray that they are the change the world needs to see.  I have to believe that their beautiful spirits and hearts can make things better.

I don’t know where I am going with this post.  My heart hurts and I am just feeling cold, inside and out, and Winter cannot be blamed this time.

Be kind to one another.  Be understanding.  Show tolerance and acceptance and empathy.  We have to stop this happening over and over again.

x