My name is Rachel and I’ve been writing and blogging in one form or another for many years, but I wanted to create something that was more… me. I’m a self-proclaimed INFJ, HSP, and introvert who truly just wants to be happy, and I’m sure we have that desire for happiness in common (wink).
What this Blog is Really About
I recently discovered that I was INFJ through my daughter, who studied personality types in one of her college classes. She requested that I take a personality test based on the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) personality theory, so I did. I’ve taken a few of the different free online tests, but I also took the (paid) MBTI test directly, which resulted in a very clear INFJ outcome.
As a teenager, I always felt a little different from my friends. I couldn’t watch the same movies they did. I wasn’t much of a partier, but would always volunteer to be the designated driver so everyone got home safely. I listened to everyone else’s problems and tried to be as helpful as I could, but rarely shared. If my feelings were negative, they were usually buried deep down, where nobody could find them (sometimes not even me).
As a mother, I have strong intuitions, and worry incessantly about my children…to an almost smothering level. I always know when something is wrong or “off”, but I can’t really explain why. I just do. As a wife, my husband considers me “high maintenance”, but he loves me just the same. I trust him with my life, my deepest thoughts, and my most vulnerable moments. In case you’re wondering, he is an ENTP, but we’ll get into that later. 😉
Personality typing is a just a way to categorize our way of processing information, and I find it very interesting, but it really comes down to loving myself and accepting my need to live deep. My own feelings can be overwhelming at times, but I don’t let them swallow me. Instead, I try to embrace who I am, and navigate the waves.
Being this personality type can sometimes carry extra “baggage” in the form of anxiety, introversion, and high sensitivity, but it’s all manageable with a little care and mindfulness. One of my goals with this blog is to bring people together to discuss their experiences, good and bad, and hopefully help each other along the way.
Why I Chose Steeped in Notions
To me, Steeped in Notions conveys my love of tea, comfort, and introspection. It’s my time, some self-care, or just a moment I need to stop and absorb. It’s cozy, warm, and comfortable. Honestly, it’s starting to sound like hygge (p.s. – I’m part Danish), and maybe it is, to some degree. I suppose if you’re an INFJ, anxious, introverted, or just feeling down, a cup of warm tea and a little time to think and recharge might be all you need.
Interests: ocean beaches, crafting, snuggling, movie nights (80s), laughing, dark chocolate, singing to the radio, cozy sweaters, even numbers, daisies, reorganizing, sushi, animals, inspiring artwork, family, rain hitting the roof, chubby babies, vanilla ice cream, green, small towns, antique shops, old photos, tats, herbal tea, cherry blossoms, making cookies, flips flops, game night, morning sunshine, music