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InspHERational Woman: Dorothy Ratusny

I met Dorothy Ratusny at Joshua Zuchter’s 4 Masters 1 Mind event in Toronto not too long ago. I was immediately drawn to Dorothy’s Energy. She was shining on stage. It was an amazing experience because it was like seeing the person I should become. She’s one of the few other INFJs I have had the pleasure of meeting, and I just knew she was an INFJ before she filled out her Myers-Briggs Type lol. I LOVE her job! Her answers are so deep and beautiful! Keep reading to be inspired!

Name: Dorothy Ratusny

Your Current Role: Psychotherapist and Author

Company/Organization: http://www.dorothyratusny.com

What is your Myers-Briggs type?  INFJ!


What would the range of pay be for a person in your job position/year?

This is largely dependent on rates/hours worked + whether someone works in private practice or for an organization – so it can vary.

Why do you love your job?

I love being able to help others…to help them think differently about their self, others, and the world.  I feel grateful that I am able to inspire them to make positive changes in their lives – particularly as most people come to therapy when they are experiencing a challenge or difficult time in their life, and/or when they are looking to make a long lasting change.  Having the opportunity to teach clients skills, tools, and strategies for improving and changing their lives – is incredibly rewarding.

I love that I am making a difference in the world by affecting the lives of others in a positive way.

Not limited to just my job, I love the freedom I have created for myself – I have time to work with clients, as well as time for writing (I am currently working on a third and fourth book simultaneously:  ‘Wisdom: A guidebook for developing your connection with the Divine’    and   ‘Wisdom for Teens:  A spiritual guidebook for creating and living an incredible life’   as well as time for exercise, “play“, and time for my own continued spiritual growth.  (I am currently working on a PhD in Metaphysics)

Metaphysics is concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being in the world.  It is called the ‘first philosophy’ by Aristotle and is based on: (1) the study of ontology: the study of being and existence, (2) natural theology: the study of God, the Divine and the numerous creation of spiritual questions; and (3) universal science – the study of the first principles and universal laws.

Can you let me know the story of how you got to where you are in your career?

There are many paths that ultimately take us to where we are….following your heart and doing what you most love is the simplest and yet truest form …and yet – it’s important to consistently be ‘checking in’ to see if what you are doing is still right and best for you.

I got to where I am in my career largely from creating it in my mind first by visualizing (seeing) what it is that I wanted.  I also still constantly re-examine where I would like to be – and checking in with my own ‘inner wisdom’ to make sure I am following my calling.

On a practical level, I started out in University taking 5 varied 1st year courses which ‘sounded’ interesting; and then quickly discovered which of those five I did not enjoy.  I made the decision to drop two courses in first semester and was left looking at what course(s) I could ‘pick up’ to replace those.  What seemed interesting at the time was a 2nd year Abnormal Psychology course.  It was within the very first class that I knew I wanted to learn more about psychology…….and so began my journey.

What are your passions?

I enjoy life!

My passions are (in random order): reading, writing, my work as a Psychotherapist which allows me to help others heal on varying levels, my loved ones, animals, nature, exercise (and particularly feeling strength and power in my body whether that is through running, weight training, yoga, or a brand new activity), spiritual growth, learning, laughing, travel adventures, having new experiences, and living in the moment.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Give me the real lowdown of your work experience. Does your work experience, since you were young, reflect your passions or did you have to chip away and discover them (your diamond in the rough)?

I believe that we all have a greater purpose to our lives.  Our life has meaning and fulfillment when we can live that “purpose” on a daily basis – whether it is what we do in our vocation or job, or outside of our work.

My work experience is the culmination of my passions and my life’s purpose.  (And it isn’t just a solitary work experience).  I am able to fulfill my purpose through many mediums – as a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Author, Speaker, and most of all – in being ‘loving of spirit’ in each moment.

In my book, “Live Your Life Purpose: A guidebook for creating and living a purposeful life” I talk about how we can come to know what our true purpose is – and how to live it!

Most people have never considered that they are gifted and skilled in many ways that point them to one or more particular vocations or professions.  What allows them to feel excited and passionate about is often a huge clue to what their purpose is.

I have been fortunate that I have always stayed true to what I most enjoy doing.  This has guided me in my educational pursuits and in the kind of work that I now do.  What’s important to remember is that each of us has a unique set of talents and innate skills, that if we tap into, helps form a particular direction for the rest of our life.

Tell me about your educational training and what sacrifices you had to make, if any, to obtain it.

Undergrad: University of Toronto-Psychology and Masters: York University-Exercise and Health Science

My educational training has been very positive!  I was raised to value education and to appreciate our ability to never stop learning and I very much live by these principles.  I did have to pay for the majority of my undergraduate education, and my entire post-graduate education.  To that end, I have always worked through University – sometimes two and three p/t jobs to support my living (on campus) and school expenses.  It wasn’t always easy….but I value my appreciation of ‘earning my education’ through my hard work and discipline.

It’s 7am! Give me the scoop on what your typical day is like (the glamorous and not so glamorous parts).

At 7am, I’ve been up for more than 2 hours already.  That’s right!  I’m a morning being!  I begin usually with feeding my pets and a lengthy meditation/journaling session.  Then: morning exercise, breakfast and usually working on my next book.  At some point thereafter I leave for work.  My work days are long but incredibly rewarding.  At day’s end I love to get quiet and introspect.  And of course….I also love sleep!

What do you WISH YOU KNEW at 18 that you now know with regards to your CAREER?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ I learn new things everyday – simply by being open and observing for messages and knowledge in everything around me.  I don’t know that I would wish I knew something at 18 that I know now.   Everything is a journey and one must be willing to ‘begin’ that journey of learning and exploration in order to reveal the incredible gifts of our life.  Part of what allows us to appreciate where we are in our life is to experience the journey of learning “through the experience”.  It’s another way of remembering that the journey is far more important than where one ends up.

How does your chosen job IMPACT your community and the WORLD?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ By helping people to heal, grow and evolve I am empowering them to live their life to the fullest.

By helping people become MORE ….their life changes, and in turn the lives of those they touch is affected in positive ways.

One of my goals is to create positive change throughout the world.  I see the potential for this through my written and spoken word – and for the incredible shift that is occurring throughout the world. More so now than at any other time in the history of the world, people are willing to acknowledge and develop a spiritual path for themselves.  They are opening up to the notion that there is something more to their lives than what they have been living and they are looking and seeking that MORE

A big part of what I teach is the notion of conscious awareness  – the ability to be present and AWAKE in one’s life; and also the notion of LIFE PURPOSE – to be able to identify and pursue that which makes us happy, joyful, and what we feel most passionate about.

What are the best RESOURCES you’ve found for a person looking into the Psychotherapy field?

I would recommend that someone look at the kind of jobs they think they would most enjoy and then work backwards from there to figure out what kind of training and education they require.  Talking to others in the field they are interested in would help tremendously as well.

What are the 5 most important skills needed to excel at your job?

  • Compassion
  • Listening skills
  • Honesty and willingness to express truthfulness at all times
  • Ability to read/observe body language and behaviour
  • Intention to help clients

November 26, 2009   No Comments

InspHerational Woman-Jas Banwait

When asking different women about who they would recommed for an InspHERational woman post, so many people said Jas! I’m so glad she’s sharing her story of entrepreneurship and starting a tailor-made suit business with her brother here. She shows us that sometimes what you study is not what you end up doing.


Name: Jas Banwait

Your Current Role: Co-founder

Company/Organization: Savillian (custom tailored suits)

What is your Myers-Briggs type? ENTP

What would the range of pay be for a person in your job position/year?

$0 for the first 3 to 5 years, must supplement with another income

Why do you love your job?

I don’t consider it a “job” – I feel like this is exactly where I want to be right now in my life. It provides me with an ample amount of freedom and independence to not only set my own work schedule but also to work on setting up my company the way I see fit.

Can you let me know the story of how you got to where you are in your career?

I am still in the “start-up” phase of my company (it’s been 1.5 years since we started the company and 1 year prior to that of researching).

I did my Master in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology – I was very interested in starting my own company and felt this program would help me achieve that. While I was in the program, my brother approached me with the idea of starting a company that could make custom suits in India and sell them in Canada. I was intrigued by the idea and spent the rest of my school year researching it. A few twists of fate during the year allowed me the opportunity to meet a seasoned entrepreneur who said he would help me and my brother bring the idea to fruition. The little push is what we needed to set off to India and make all of our research into actual reality.

­­­­­­­­­­­What are your passions?

My passions are writing, reading, travelling, fashion, technology and attending/organizing events.

Give me the real lowdown of your work experience. Does your work experience, since you were young, reflect your passions or did you have to chip away and discover them (your diamond in the rough)?

No way! I did an Honours Science (and Business) degree and majored in Biology at the nerdiest school in Canada – University of Waterloo. I dressed in jogging pants throughout my university career and was made fun of for having funny shoes. Never would I have thought that in my career I would become a fashion expert and people would look to me for advice. What you study in school is hardly a reflection of what you end up doing in life. The only thing that remains the same is my passion for entrepreneurship.

Tell me about your educational training and what sacrifices you had to make, if any, to obtain it.

See answer above – no sacrifices!

It’s 7am! Give me the scoop on what your typical day is like (the glamorous and not so glamorous parts)

I am not a morning person or at least I think I function better after 10am and after a cup of coffee, but this trade off means I work late and don’t get to bed till after midnight. Every day is different, since I am still in the process of setting up my company. I also do freelance consulting on the side so I have to plan my business around doing that work as well.

Lately, my world has been filled with events, I plan my whole week around attending events where I can spread the word about my company and meet as many people as possible. Along with this, I spend a lot of time writing in my blog at least 3 times a week, twittering, and staying up to date on the latest fashion news.

My client appointments are usually just as sporadic as I work around their schedules as well. At each appointment, we discuss style options, fabric choices, and we take measurements and pictures. I then compile this information and send it overseas to my tailor who creates the suits. As you can see there are a lot of logistics involved – I spend a lot of time ensuring that all information is correct and that my client and financial records are up to date – this is a job in itself! Although fashion is a glamorous industry – most of my time is spent doing administrative tasks like entering in client information, sending emails, and stressing out about late orders.

Doing business in India is very challenging since the time zone is completely opposite; there is also a communication problem not in terms of the language but in how business is done. I usually have to send late night emails or phone calls as it is morning in India. Furthermore, a lot of time is spent in marketing and sales, we do a few events, tradeshows, and photo shoots during the year that helps us get customers.

What do you WISH YOU KNEW at 18 that you now know with regards to your CAREER?

Don’t limit yourself with respect to what you think you see yourself doing as a career. Although your parents, mentors, guardians, and friends may want the best for you in terms of your future, in the end you have to be happy with yourself and your choices. Try to do and/or be involved in as many activities and take as many opportunities that are presented to you. This is very important because you will never know if you like something unless you try it. Try to intern or volunteer with a fashion or magazine company to see if it would be something you enjoy. Take advantage of contests and competitions – you learn a lot about yourself in this way.

How does your chosen job IMPACT your community and the WORLD?

Globalization is very important – more and more people must do business internationally in order to survive. Local businesses are becoming obsolete due to technology and the internet. My hope is to create jobs in Canada and in India and give back to my community. I currently give back to a small charity in India that supports unwanted children.

What are the best real RESOURCES you’ve found for:

1.)     A person RESEARCHING to earn a fashion degree?

Ryerson University has one of the best programs in Canada for fashion related careers. The best way to get into the industry is to get in early! Try to intern at a fashion company or volunteer at fashion events like fashion week.

2.)    The best COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS for a person working in fashion?

Toronto Fashion Incubator – a great resource for fashion related entrepreneurs


Fashion Design Council of Canada (Fashion Week)


How did you learn about your position?

I didn’t really learn about it – I just started doing it! In the process (going to events, and reading blogs) I have met a lot of the major movers and shakers in fashion in Toronto.

What are the 5 most important skills to excel at this job?

Extroverted, Organized, Creative, Patient, & a Quick learner

November 24, 2009   2 Comments


ISFJ: The Protector


Enneagram: Loyalist             Keirsey Reader: Guardian

ISFJs make up about 10% of the US population

ISFJs love to serve. Sometimes a regular give and take relationship is not satisfying enough as it does not have enough give in it. ISFJs are very accurate and detail oriented workers, remembering much about people and places. Many have great analytical abilities. They are extremely loyal to their families and close select group of friends. The longer they have known someone, the more they value their friendship. They usually do not show how they are truly feeling and can pretend not to know how others are feeling. They are very methodical and systematic, and enjoy working with people in small groups or in one-on-one situations.

Taken from TypeLogic.com

“The ISFJ feels a strong sense of responsibility and duty. They take their responsibilities very seriously, and can be counted on to follow through. For this reason, people naturally tend to rely on them. The ISFJ has a difficult time saying “no” when asked to do something, and may become over-burdened. In such cases, the ISFJ does not usually express their difficulties to others, because they intensely dislike conflict, and because they tend to place other people’s needs over their own. The ISFJ needs to learn to identify, value, and express their own needs, if they wish to avoid becoming over-worked and taken for granted.”

“ISFJs have a rich inner world that is not usually obvious to observers. They constantly take in information about people and situations that is personally important to them, and store it away. This tremendous store of information is usually startlingly accurate, because the ISFJ has an exceptional memory about things that are important to their value systems. It would not be uncommon for the ISFJ to remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after the event occurred, if the situation made an impression on the ISFJ.”

Taken from PersonalityPage.com

Famous ISFJs: St. Teresa of Avila, Barbara Bush, Queen Elizabeth II of England, Elijah Wood, Julianne Moore, Tori Spelling, Michael Cane, and David Copperfield

Famous Fictional ISFJs: Ophelia in Hamlet, Charlie Brown, and Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and crafts

Careers: ISFJs gravitate towards careers where they can use their skill of 1. Taking the needs of others into account and helping/supporting others and 2. Using their detail-orientation and organization for developing and implementing structures and procedures

The Top 8 careers where ISFJs can use their natural skills, as noted by Team Technology, are:

  1. Marketing specialist
  2. Lawyer/attorney
  3. Nurse
  4. Secretary
  5. Assistant
  6. Researcher
  7. Trainer
  8. Teacher

Top 8 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk


Some other career titles include:

  • Accountant
  • Actor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Artist
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Child Care
  • Church Worker
  • Clerical Supervisor
  • Counsellor
  • Database Analyst
  • Doctor
  • Early Childhood
  • Development
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Gardener
  • Health Service
  • Homemaker
  • Human Resources
  • Interior Decorator
  • Librarian
  • Marketer
  • Medical Technologist
  • Military
  • Nurse
  • Office Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Police
  • Psychologist/Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Senior Manager
  • Shopkeeper
  • Social Worker
  • Trainer
  • Typist
  • Writer

Career choices taken from MyPersonality.info


In Leadership roles ISFJs possess a “Behind the Scenes” interaction style pattern.  This suits their auxiliary function of extraverted intuition quite appropriately, because ISFJs are driven to INTEGRATE.

“People of this style focus on understanding and working with the process to create a positive outcome. They see value in many contributions and consult outside inputs to make an informed decision. They aim to integrate various information sources and accommodate differing points of view. They approach others with a quiet, calm style that may not show their strong convictions. Producing, sustaining, defining, and clarifying are all ways they support a group’s process. They typically have more patience than most with the time it takes to gain support through consensus for a project or to refine the result.” 16types.com

ISFJs in relationships are extremely loyal and devoted. They put a great amount of energy into a relationship that is important to them. They are very dependable and their natural partner is the ESFP or the ESTP, which bring out the introverted side of them but who are also reasonable and logical (Sensory).

November 16, 2009   No Comments

InspHERational Woman

Our first InspHERational woman is Melissa Adams! I know her through Jason,  a friend whom I’ve known for a few years now. I love some of her answers like “Knowledge is Power.” This is such a powerful statement. I also think Melissa is a true ENFJ, a teacher who loves to help others. The teaching aspect of her role, would definately make her stand out as an amazing Vet Technologist, and seeing people happy after she helps their pets get better. A true ENFJ quality! What I also love is that she ventures to work in different countries, giving her a global perspective. I think it’s a great story of knowing what you love, working to make ends meet, going to school, and then being able to do what you love after that.

Name: Melissa Adams

Your Current Role: Registered Veterinary Technologist

Company/Organization: Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

What is your Myers-Briggs type? ENFJ

Why do you love your job?

I get to help people every day with the care of their pets and I get to be around animals all day. What more could a person ask for? It is really satisfying to see the happiness on people’s faces when they get to take home their pet that came in sick or injured and is leaving well. It makes me so happy to know that I was a part of that.

Range of pay for a person in your job position/year:

This often depends widely on the position being offered and the amount of experience a person has. Small animal clinics (in Canada) will often begin by paying a new graduate $13.00/hour, but with experience raise that as high as $20+/hour. Research type jobs often start around $20-25/hour again depending on the position and experience.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Can you let me know the story of how you got to where you are in your career?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­After graduating the Vet Tech program in Canada, I worked at a feline-only practice for four years where I specialised in cat care and worked my way up to head nurse. After learning about other people’s adventures overseas, I decided to change jobs and move to New Zealand where I have been working as a vet nurse in the veterinary teaching hospital for the past couple of months. Since joining this new team, I have begun specializing now in emergency and critical care and taking care of the intensive care unit (ICU).

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­What are your passions?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I am passionate about learning new skills and techniques related to my job. I absolutely love teaching people some of the skills I have learned over the years as a vet tech and also sharing knowledge with pet owners to be able to better the life of their pet. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power.

Give me the real lowdown of your work experience. Does your work experience, since you were young, reflect your passions or did you have to chip away and discover them (your diamond in the rough)?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Ever since I was a child watching Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, I knew I wanted to work with  animals. Deciding which area was best suited for me was just a matter of research to find out what the different careers entailed. I did not get any work experience with animals before going to Vet Tech School. I was working at the typical teenager minimum wage job in fast food until I finished school. So, not all of my jobs reflected my passions of the animal world.

When I first graduated college, it was easy to discover the passions of learning new skills and making that commitment, but it was not for a couple of years after I started working as a vet tech that I discovered my love for helping others learn about pets and some of the techniques used when working with them, especially with the often misunderstood cat.­

Tell me about your educational training and what sacrifices you had to make, if any, to obtain it:

­­­­­­­­I did a three year veterinary technology program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Having grown up in Ottawa (a 2.5 hour drive away from school), it meant leaving my family and friends for the first time and living on my own in a new city. Although it was difficult to move, it was one of the best things to happen to me. It really opened my eyes to the real world and gave me a chance to meet new people, try new things and “fend” for myself.

 It’s 7am! Give me the scoop on what your typical day is like (the glamorous and not so glamorous parts):­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

The wonderful thing about where I work is that there is a large team of people who take turns on the different shifts. So, one week I may be the treatment room nurse, another week the medicine nurse and so on. This week I am the ICU nurse and so I start work at 8:30am. I arrive and check to see if the ICU patients need anymore treatments and then I clean the floor from overnight and restock the shelves with syringes, needles and other supplies.

At 8:45 I attend nurse’s rounds where all of the hospital nurses meet to discuss the cases arriving that day. Throughout the day, I monitor the animals in the ICU for signs of distress, pain or during their recovery from anaesthesia and surgery. Sometimes there are only a couple of patients and some days all 14 kennels are in use!

The ICU and Emergency and Critical Care are also my area of interest, making me responsible for the equipment and protocols for that room. I meet with the Veterinarian in charge of that room to introduce new procedures and to run CPR refresher classes with the staff and students. Luckily, it is not very often that an animal needs CPR, so we like to practice on a teaching model to keep our skills sharp.

As animals leave the ICU, I clean their kennel and get it ready for the next patient. If I ever have to leave the room, I give a thorough hand over to the next person about every patient in the room, their condition and needs.

During the school year, the final year vet students are there as well and I help them with their procedures and I teach them different skills. I also have a vet nursing student who I teach how to run the ICU and to care for a critical care patient. At 5pm I leave for the day.

What do you WISH YOU KNEW at 18 that you now know with regards to your CAREER?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I wish I had known that nursing is not all glamour and excitement all the time. There are a lot of positions that include cleaning and taking care of the machines and tools that are used by the veterinarians and staff. I think a lot of people start nursing and find this out and do not like it, so they move on to a different career. There are days where you do get peed on or stepped on or bitten or scratched… it’s just part of the job.

The other thing I wish I had known, was that vet nursing is not a career to go into if you do not like to converse with people. After all, pets have owners, and a large part of working with the pets, is working with their owners. The owner decides if you get to treat his/her pet, so good communication skills are a must.

How does your chosen job IMPACT your community and the WORLD?­­­­­­­­­­­

Working at a Veterinary teaching hospital, my skills as a nurse and teacher will affect the skills of new graduate veterinarians and veterinary nurses. I am one person who helps them learn new techniques or new ways of doing old things. Their experiences in the hospital may directly impact their decisions about their own careers and areas of work.

Veterinary Nursing, in general, is currently not recognised as greatly as human nursing in some countries; however, it is growing and starting to be seen as a real profession that requires more skill and knowledge than initially thought. Veterinarians respect our skills and clients are beginning to see that they can rely on the information being given to them from the nurses and not always needing to speak with a vet. Veterinary nurses work all over the world in clinics, research and charity projects. Being a vet tech/nurse is simply not just limited to working in a vet clinic anymore. It is so much more exciting and the possibilities are endless.

What are the best RESOURCES you’ve found for:

  1. A person RESEARCHING to earn a diploma in Veterinary Technology?

– The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians     http://www.oavt.org/

– The Canadian Association of Animal Health Technologists     http://www.caahtt-acttsa.ca/

– International Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Association   http://www.ivnta.org/

University and College course catalogues. Every course has different focus points. By reading the different course outlines, a person can chose which program they are most interested in. For example, my course was a 3 year course with a focus on research skills, but there are other schools with a focus on large animal medicine or even dentistry.

Another great resource is going to a reputable vet clinic and speaking to the technicians there. They have gone to these schools and can often recommend a school that has the best reputation for that program.

2. The best COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS for a person working in veterinary technology?

Depending on the area of interest. If wanting to work in research, the best places are often universities that have large labs and research projects. If wanting to work in a vet clinic, I would generally recommend choosing a clinic where you feel you will fit in best. Small animal vet clinics tend to have fewer staff members and so you want to make sure you will be comfortable working with everybody there. If wanting to work with exotics, again universities or well known zoos will likely be your best bet.

What are the 5 most important skills to excel at this job?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­1. Good communication skills

2. Willing to try new things, or old things in new ways

3. Fearlessness (with regards to fractious animals)

4. Positive attitude

5. Assertiveness

November 13, 2009   No Comments

What is an InspHERational Woman?

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An InspHERational woman is passionate about her work and what she does.

She is giving the story of her life, her career, and what she had to do to become who she is.

The aim of this knowledge is to guide readers with what it’s really like to work in her field, what kind of education is needed, what a typical day is like, and what kinds of skills are necessary to excel in her role.

She is showcasing her story, her life, and her soul’s career!

November 13, 2009   No Comments


INFP: The Dreamer


Enneagram: The Artist             Keirsey Reader: Healer

INFPs make up about 2% of the US population

INFPs are peaceful and see the world through rose coloured glasses. They see good in everything and everyone. They are introspective, highly creative, dreamy, and idealistic. “Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.” PersonalityPage.com

These types may fantasize about being the prince or princess in a fairytale. They sift through every new piece of information and see how it aligns with their values. They are very laid back until one of their values is violated. Then they become passionate defenders. They are usually not detail oriented, but become so if they are working towards a cause.

“At work, Healers are adaptable, welcome new ideas and new information, are patient with complicated situations, but impatient with routine details. Healers are keenly aware of people and their feelings, and relate well with most others. Because of their deep-seated reserve, however, they can work quite happily alone. When making decisions, Healers follow their heart not their head, which means they can make errors of fact, but seldom of feeling.” Taken from Keirsey.com

Famous INFPs: Mary, mother of Jesus, Helen Keller, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, Julia Roberts, William Shakespeare, Princess Diana, Oscar Wilde, and J.R.R Tolkien

Famous Fictional INFPs: Anne of Green Gables and Doctor Julian BashirStar Trek: Deep Space 9

Careers: INFPs gravitate towards a career where they can use their natural artistic creativity and help others attain their true potential. They need a career that is more than a job- it has to be an extension of their values and natural strengths and improve humanity.

  1. Clergy/church worker
  2. Psychologist
  3. Nurse
  4. Designer
  5. Counsellor
  6. Artist/actor
  7. Teacher
  8. Marketing specialist
  9. Trainer
  10. Human Resources

Top 10 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk

Some other career titles include:

Activist                                                           Fashion Designer

Actor                                                                Fashion Designer

Architect                                                        Graphic/Web Designer

Artist                                                                Holistic Health Practitioner

Church Worker                                             Human Resources

Counselor                                                        Journalist

Editor                                                                Legal Mediator

Educational Consultant                             Librarian

Employee Development Specialist       Musician

Taken from MyPersonality.info

In Leadership roles INFPs are gentle, inclusive, and indirect. They do not confront problems head on but like to work with the person in a persistent way.

INFPs possess a “Behind the Scenes” interaction style pattern.  This suits their auxiliary function of extraverted iNtuition quite appropriately, because INFPs are driven to INTEGRATE.

The Behind-the-Scenes theme is about getting the best result possible. (It does NOT mean that INFPs only ever work behind the scenes and are never found leading — “Behind-the-Scenes” is a style name, nothing else.  Dr. Berens states, “most of the leaders in the book Good to Great show evidence of this style.”)

People of this style focus on understanding and working with the process to create a positive outcome. They see value in many contributions and consult outside inputs to make an informed decision. They aim to integrate various information sources and accommodate differing points of view. They approach others with a quiet, calm style that may not show their strong convictions. Producing, sustaining, defining, and clarifying are all ways they support a group’s process. They typically have more patience than most with the time it takes to gain support through consensus for a project or to refine the result.

INFPs are more people-focused than task-focused.  They like to “connect” with others in a system so they can integrate and harmonize.  They may become stressed if they are pressed to decide too quickly.  In stressful circumstances, they may become quiet and agreeable while they feel things through and open their extraverted iNtuition up to perceiving a solution.” Vamer, Vicky Jo, “INFP Interaction Style.” www.INFJ.com

INFPs in relationships need to be able to share their life with someone of the same value sysytem. This is of huge importance to them. To the world they appear very calm but inside they have the capacity to feel intensely. They have a huge capacity to give love to their partner, much more than the other types. INFPs are extremely loyal to those they are with. They are cautious in the beginning but once they really open up they become very loving.

November 11, 2009   No Comments



Today, lets try to use VINEGAR instead of harmful cleaning products!

Vinegar is a natural all-purpose cleaner.

You can also use Lemon/Orange Juice to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits.

Baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces and remove smells, especially in fridges.

So get that vinegar and lemon juice out and lets start scrubbing to a healthier earth.

Some facts:

The toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution!

The Average American uses about 25 Gallons of toxic, hazardous chemical products per year in their home… A major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products.

Indoor air is 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Toxic-energy-healing-therapy.com     and     AspenClean.com

“Over 100 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, psychological abnormalities, skin reactions, headaches, depression, joint pain, chronic fatigue, chest pains, dizziness, loss of sleep, asthma. . .the list goes on.

[People working from home] have a 55% higher risk of getting cancer than [people] working outside the home. This most likely has to do with the products they use on a daily basis. Nervous disorders and respiratory problems have also been linked to hazardous substances in the home.”


November 11, 2009   No Comments


INFJ: The Counselor Idealist


Enneagram: Choleric             Keirsey Reader: Idealist

INFJs make up about 1% of the US population-making it the rarest personality type

INFJs are very interested in the well being of others. They see great potential in others and enjoy working towards the goal of improving humanity. Because the INFJ’s intuition is dominant and is directed internally, they have an eternal flow of possibilities and ideas. Many people are intrigued that below their surface lie reserves of ideas AND an ability to make them a reality. When it comes to helping others, their passion and drive do not stop. They are champions of the marginalized and downtrodden. When they combine their creativity with a purpose that helps humanity towards a bigger goal than themselves they are unstoppable. They strive for harmony.

“INFJs are quiet, private individuals who prefer to exercise their influence behind the scenes. Although very independent, INFJs are intensely interested in the well-being of others. INFJs prefer one-on-one relationships to large groups. Sensitive and complex, they are adept at understanding complicated issues and are driven to resolve differences in a cooperative and a creative manner.” Wikipedia.com

Famous INFJs: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gandhi, Carl Jung, Adam Sandler, Nicole Kidman, and Neve Campbell

Famous Fictional INFJs: Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

Careers: INFJs gravitate towards careers where they can make a difference, nurture and grow a person’s potential, serve a higher purpose, grow their skills/knowledge, and creatively take care of people.

The Top 7 careers where INFJs can use their natural skills, as noted by Team Technology, are:

  1. Designer
  2. Counsellor
  3. Human Resources
  4. Marketing Specialist
  5. Teacher
  6. Lawyer/Attorney
  7. Trainer

Top 7 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk

Some other career titles include:

Career Advisor                        Counsellor

Creative Writer                        Documentary Film-maker

Environmental Attorney    Human Resource Manager

Interior Designer                   Life coach

Mediator                                    Nurse

Photographer                          Psychologist

Psychiatrist                              Religious worker

Social worker                          Special Education

Teacher                                      Relationship Therapist

Career choices taken from PersonalityDesk.com and INFJ.com


In Leadership roles INFJs tend to be quiet leaders, but do not mistake that for their lack of will or influence. They win people over with their hard work, dedication, values, and skill in making their ideas a reality.

“INFJs possess a “Chart the Course” interaction style pattern.  This suits their dominant function of introverted intuition quite appropriately, because INFJs are driven to ANTICIPATE.

The Chart-the-Course theme is about having a course of action to follow. People of this style focus on knowing what to do and keeping themselves, the group, or the project on track. They prefer to enter a situation having an idea of what is to happen. They identify a process to accomplish a goal and have a somewhat contained tension as they work to create and monitor a plan. The aim is not the plan itself, but to use it as a guide to move things along toward the goal. Their informed and deliberate decisions are based on analyzing, outlining, conceptualizing, or foreseeing what needs to be done.

INFJs are more task-focused than people-focused. They like to take themselves “out” of a system so they can get a better look at what’s going on. They become stressed when they don’t know what is likely to happen.  In stressful circumstances, they tend to disconnect and withdraw in order to think things through and put their introverted intuition to work on perceiving a solution.”     Vamer, Vicky Jo, “INFJ Interaction Style.” www.INFJ.com

INFJs in relationships tend to strive towards harmonized relationship with their idealistic natures. They seek a partner with similar values and authenticity. They selflessly give of themselves in a relationship and want reciprocity. For them, love, is a spiritual experience. The best natural match is the ENFP and ENTP.

I am an INFJ 🙂

November 10, 2009   3 Comments


Today SMILE at a homeless person you see on the street. If you there are none, SMILE at someone as they walk past you.  Just ONE person. It’s the best way to give something for FREE!!!

You never know who’s day you’re brightening or who’s life you might save.

November 10, 2009   No Comments


I just finished browsing the book “Do One Nice Thing” by Debbie Tenzer. The book inspired me so much that I created the Do Good Daily Bonbon note as part of the blog.

The first Do Good Daily Bonbon is:

Bake organic cupcakes for your mom, dad, sister, brother, or a friend who you think deserves to know how special they are today! You can make them for yourself too! And write a little note as to WHY you think they are special.

Here’s the recipe I use to make deLICIOUS organic cupcakes.

It only costs about $4 to make 25!

1. Buy the President’s Choice chocolate organic cake mix
2. Buy vanilla icing (any brand works)
3. 3 eggs
4. 125 mL olive oil
5. 150 mL water

Mix the eggs, olive oil, water, and cake mix ingredients together in a bowl with a mixer and place the batter into a cupcake tray to fill 24 cupcakes.

Bake for 20 minutes on 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the cupcakes cool off for 25 minutes and then ice them with icing using a table knife.

If you use this recipe, it only costs 16 cents to make one cupcake!

Spread the L.O.V.E!

November 9, 2009   No Comments