I'm not going to lie to you,* I am a shy gal. My Mom says that the minute I hit the third grade, I became quiet. The only real reason I can come up with is, that is the year we made a big move. We moved in the middle of the school year which can be a pretty big deal. All the classes are established and you are the "new kid."
It has always bothered my how shy I am. I leave a party or group of people and wish I would have said more. I am the one that sits and listens usually only saying something when I am asked. I can be talkative if I know the people around me and if I am comfortable to be myself. It just takes me quite awhile to warm up.
We all have parts of our personality that we are unhappy with. I know this. As long as we recognize them and make a conscious effort to get better, we are not stuck with the traits we don't like. For example, I realize that some people may think I am mute. Now, I need to get out of my comfort zone and open my mouth. I think the best way for me to do this is to give more compliments and ask more questions. Do you think that's a good way to get started?
Is there anything you want to change about yourself or even better, any advice for me?
*I had to throw that in there for Blake and our good friends the Andersens. It's an inside joke, sorry.