The Purpose-Driven Introvert
Hi, I'm Diana.
I'm a lot of things. I'm a woman of color (WoC), an "old" millenial, an occupational therapist in a prior life, a youth advocate, a mental health advocate, a creative, and an introvert.
A lot of things have made me feel small over the years. Not only am I small and demure on the outside (4'11" young Asian ladies don't look very intimidating!), but I also shrank into myself as I grappled with depression, anxiety, and being called-out for being "quiet" and "shy" by more extroverts than I can count.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't figure out how to contribute to the world in a big way when I felt so small.
It took 7 years of forcing myself to conform to traditional, socially-accepted ways of working, learning, and forming personal or professional relationships before I called it quits. I realized that ignoring my natural tendencies as a sensitive, thoughtful, and irrepressibly creative introvert was burning me out repeatedly. And there's only so much burnout a girl can take!
My physical and emotional health was at stake. I felt sluggish, stressed, self-conscious, tense, and stagnant all the damn time, because that's what happens when your life situation is simply not the right match for you.
Suppressing your true self saps energy and hurts the body.
So I switched things up: I reinvented my work, life purpose, social circle, and lifestyle.
This is what I've come to know:
Healing comes from listening to, giving to, and being yourself.
It's been a long road to self-acceptance, and an even longer road to self-celebration! Not in an arrogant way, of course. But in a way that makes me genuinely believe in the core of my being: "I'm a sensitive and imperfect INFJ, and that's the only type of person I can, should, or want to be."
To me, that's the ultimate sign of well-being.
And ironically, I started making more friends, reaching more people, feeling more energized, connecting with more meaningful work, and enjoying more quality of life once I embraced the fact that I was always going to be less extroverted, loud, or "typical" than most people.
What I once thought of as a small and quiet personality was actually my biggest, most powerful asset to living a meaningful life.
What I've come to realize is that healing does not always have to do with "fixing" or changing yourself. Sometimes, true healing comes when you make room for the most whole version of you--the good, the weird, and the misunderstood.
I now help other sensitive, compassionate, and purpose-driven women (re)connect with their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs--because I truly believe you can make the greatest impact in the world when you're feeling good and being you.
- I'm a proud INFJ
- I have two cats: Lucy and Ricky.
- I'm 4'11", but I've been told I have "stature".
- A few of my favorite things: stories, yoga, multi-cultural foods, hiking or running outdoors, and anything with Shonda Rhimes' name on it.
- B.A. in Social Science from University of California, Irvine
- M.A. in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California
- Life Advisor Training Program, 2010
- Radical Self Acceptance, Mindfulness and Yoga: Effective Treatments for Trauma and Mood Disorders, 2013
- American Occupational Therapy Association presents "Let's Think Big About Wellness", 2015
- Self-Compassion and Resilience: Clinical Interventions for Rewiring Self-Criticism, 2015
- Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance, 2016
- Coaching for Transformation, coaching certification (in process)