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New to Persona Paper, I Would Like to Introduce Myself

It always seems to be a bit awkward to know what to say when introducing myself. I feel this way whether I am walking into a job interview, writing my bio for a speaking engagement, meeting new people at an networking event, standing in front of a crowd of people before I begin to speak, or writing my first post on a new website.

Most people who know me think I am extremely comfortable in any of those situations. If the truth were known (and some who know me well actually are aware of this), I often feel very nervous and sometimes afraid of getting up in front of people I do not know. My reality is this: I am most concerned about what others will think of me.

I feel most confident when I am in some sort of costume, or playing a role. It is often why I will act like a goof, become silly, and do things that are a bit more unconventional, somewhat irreverent, and not always what others may suspect.

Yet, I have spent a lifetime of nearly 59 years trying to please others, fit in to a mold that was set for me, rather than what I chose for myself. It has not always been easy, nor have I been successful for much of my life.

For this reason, I have purposefully chosen to begin my story at Persona Paper by simply sharing this tidbit of information with (what I call) my "Star Quality" photograph. It gives you a glimpse of the silly, fun-loving me before you get to know the tough-as-nails me.

I have had an on-line writing presence for about five years now, so many of you already know me through my blog or have read other articles I have written for Associated Content, Yahoo! and its affiliates, or Examiner. My most recent association with Bubblews just saw me cross the one year mark.

Now I begin a relationship here at this new site in the the company of many friends I have known at other sites. I thank for the referral. It is nice to be a part of something new and feel included. I like the feeling of fitting-in and being valued.

I know that must also seem a bit silly to some people reading this who might think "Who cares what others think? Just be yourself."

In theory, I will agree with you. But I do care.

So, today I begin by letting you know that I am a silly person. Sometimes, you will see it and sometimes you will not, unless I bring you into my closest circle of friends.

Whatever you see and read from me, you will formulate your own opinions of me. You will determine what you think I mean, and come up with your own conclusions about who I am and what is important to me. I have no control over that. I may have some influence.

What you see is what you get. However, do not get too used to seeing the same thing with me. Just when you think you have figured me out, I will throw you for a loop to keep you on your toes me on my toes. ;)

Let me reassure you that whatever you see, no matter how you interpret my behavior and words, will be genuine. I may present things in a way that incites thought and challenges ideas, but I will assume that everyone will appreciate me for my doing so.

Silly me.

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Photo credit: Family Photo Album, August 4, 2013

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Ruby3881 wrote on June 13, 2014, 1:58 AM

Awesome photo, Coral! That is really not how I think of you, but I have known the tough-as-nails you for a while now....

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:58 AM

Thanks, Kyla ( ). There are so many facets to us all.

LadyDuck wrote on June 13, 2014, 8:35 AM

Thank you this article, now I know something about yourself. Great funny photo.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2014, 10:30 AM

Thank you, . I look forward to getting to know you, as well.

loriej wrote on June 14, 2014, 8:24 AM

Glad to meet you :)

CoralLevang wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:05 AM

Thanks, ! Likewise. :)

JanetHunt wrote on June 16, 2014, 2:10 PM

Hello, it is nice to see you here! Love the pic BTW! ;)

CoralLevang wrote on June 16, 2014, 4:38 PM

Thank you, Janet!

tinamarie wrote on June 27, 2014, 9:27 AM

Welcome Coral - great to see you here as well.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2014, 10:18 AM

Thanks, !!! Likewise. :)

LoudMan wrote on July 21, 2014, 6:31 PM

Glad you came over. This picture is so you. I think you'll find the community and admin here to be like nothing you've ever had the pleasure of before. Really, I am enamored. I still play over there, some. But this has become my new focus, even at less money - for now.

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 11:59 AM

I just found this message left so long ago, LoudMan . Glad to know that you were thinking of me then, and that you are back again!!

BarbRad wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:37 PM

I never saw this originally because I joined after you did. I think you come across now as the person you described here.

CoralLevang wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:47 PM

Ah! I like that, thank you! What you see is what you get! emoticon :grin:

MegL wrote on December 31, 2015, 12:40 PM

I don't recall ever seeing this post previously. I think it was before I joined. The RSS feed certainly helps with finding old posts emoticon :grin:

CoralLevang wrote on December 31, 2015, 2:00 PM

Holy crap! YOU have been busy this day! emoticon :winking: I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me! emoticon :smile: Thank you, MegL

MegL wrote on December 31, 2015, 2:04 PM

It's getting harder to find one I haven't already seen! LOL