Today’s written interview is with Naomi Harrington (INFJ).
Naomi Harrington is a millennial mother and life coach from Hawaii who hosts her podcast, the That’s Deep Podcast with her husband while they speak about mindset, personal development, and personality types. She’s an INFJ with a love for life coaching, personality psychology, emotional intelligence, mindset work, and spirituality. Naomi loves helping others bridge the gap between where they are right now to where they ultimately want to be in their lives, career, and personal life.
Connect with Naomi:
Hi Naomi! It’s lovely to be talking (well, writing) with you. So could we get started by finding out where in the world you currently reside? Is this also where you grew up?
Hawaii. Yes! I was raised in the islands.
Do you remember what you were like as a child?
I was pretty shy, timid, skeptical, and slow to trust new people and experiences.
And what were your school and teenage years like?
School was always a mixed bag for me. Sometimes I loved being around my peers and it was invigorating to connect with my classmates but sometimes I was just way too overwhelmed and needed tons of alone time. I missed a lot of school for personal days. The teenage years were both fun and confusing. A lot of me just trying to find out who I really was.
I can relate to this a lot. Though, I’m not even sure I quite knew that my energy levels were changing… I didn’t feel very self-aware back then, just confused and like something was, well, off.
What words or phrases would you use to describe your current self?
Resilient, brave, confident, intuitive, insightful, compassionate, patient, and loving.
Aw, I love these :) And when did you first realise that you were an introvert? How did this happen?
When I was in grad school. I used to feel so different from my more extraverted colleagues. I needed a lot more alone time than I thought.
What's your Myers-Briggs personality type?
And when did you first do the Myers-Briggs test and realise you were an INFJ?
When I just finished grad school and I was working my first full-time job. I was burnt out and my friend shared MBTI with me and the rest was history!
Has discovering you were an INFJ impacted you in any way? If so, how?
Discovering that I was an INFJ has completely changed my life. It has helped me improve my sense of self, my career satisfaction, and my relationships. I am now a personality psychology blog writer, Podcaster, and future book writer. Type is everything to me!
What qualities do you think INFJs (and INFPs), share?
The desire to go within, understanding and insight, compassion, and high sensitivity.
What were your favourite subjects at school? What did you study at university/college?
My favorite subject in school was digital media. I went to school for a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Post-Baccalaureate Cert. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
All of those sound so fascinating…
Can I ask what are you spending your time on at the moment?
Currently I am focusing my time on getting certified as a life and success coach with a specialty in neurolinguistic programming, my podcast, the That’s Deep Podcast, creating videos on YouTube, and enjoying every moment with my growing family.
This all sounds so exciting. It feels like you’ve got some amazing things happening for you right now.
Can I ask, was there a moment in your life when you made a drastic change?
I made a drastic change after I got pregnant with my daughter a few years ago. I left my job as a speech therapist and decided to be a stay at home mom. I was a stay at home mom for about a year and a half, and then I decided that I was going to be a realtor, podcast host, and life and success coach.
I know that you’ve already mentioned some of the creative stuff that you’re up to, but do you have a preferred creative/artistic outlet?
Totally! I love creating videos from my travels and from beautiful scenic places, whether that be out in nature or exploring a new city I love creating videos that evoke feelings and certain moods. I love pairing a great video with the right music. I love digital media production so much!
How lovely, I can feel how passionate you are about this :)
Would you describe yourself as a 'highly sensitive person', or an empath?
Absolutely! I am highly sensitive person, an empath, and a light worker.
Do you have a personal definition of 'success'? What does being 'successful' look like to you?
My personal definition of success is having that inner knowing and feeling of satisfaction with both your internal and external states. I used to base a lot of my definitions of success around external achievements and accomplishments and material things, however in the last few years in my spiritual awakening, I have learned that the true definition of success is relative and each of us get to have our own definitions of success.
Thank you for sharing that with us. And what about 'happiness' - do you have a personal recipe for that?
My personal recipe for happiness is traveling to new destinations with my loved ones and soaking in all the goodness that is being present with the people that I love.
Aw, I love that.
Okay, moving so moving along a little… Do you like to plan things, or are you more of a go-with-the-flow type of person?
I would say that I’m a little bit of both now. Growing up I always wanted to know the plan and I will get quite anxious if I didn’t know what to expect, however I am learning to lean into the unknown more and more each day now.
I hear you, and I can relate to that too!
What does your 'perfect Sunday' (or Saturday) look like?
My perfect Sunday looks like being on a beach with my family, or eating something really delicious, we’re spending time relaxing at home. I also love hiking, reading, dancing, journaling, and meditating.
That all sounds really nourishing. Is there anything you've read, watch or listened to recently, that you've loved?
My favorite book of all time is The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovell Shinn. She was talking about the subconscious mind and the power of getting to know it way back in the day before it became trendy.
Oh wow, I’ve never come across this book but it looks right up my street. I might well have to check this one out.
And do you have any favourite blogs or podcasts?
I love the Personality Hacker podcast, that’s where I really got started with learning about type. But I also really love (the podcast) A Taylored Adventure to Happiness by Taylor Simpson.
How about favourite movies or TV shows? Anything you've seen recently that you'd recommend?
I love watching Chef‘s Table on Netflix. The production and the cinematography are absolutely gorgeous. And I’m a foodie so this show is literally my best friend.
If you could go back in time and meet "you" back in 2010, is there any advice that you'd give this younger self?
In 2010 I remember being really excited about life and super curious about new people and experiences. I would tell myself to stay curious and to keep looking at the world with eyes of wonder. And I would also tell myself to choose love over fear, all of the time.
Those sounds like some solid pieces of advice.
On a slightly different note, if you impart one or two pieces of advice to your follow INFs, what would they be?
One thing that I’ve worked on is putting myself out there in the uncomfortable situations that will help me to grow. So if I need to go to a networking event that’s going to benefit both of my relationships and my career and that’s what I do. It may not always feel comfortable, feel the fear and do it anyway.
I hear you. By the way, I enjoyed Beth Buelow’s The Introvert Entrepreneur, where she shares a really helpful framing of how introverts can approach networking events, with a bunch of other advice and suggestions for introvert business owners. In case you’d like to check it out.
Okay, we’re getting to the end of our conversation now. I wanted to ask you… What does 'self-care' mean for you? How do you practise it?
Self-care means taking care of what fills your soul’s cup up. For me that’s internal reflection, journaling, meditating, and working out. Self care means taking care of my mind, body, and my spirit.
I love all of that. That’s beautifully articulated, and it really resonates.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Don’t try to get rid of your thoughts. Interview them.” - Phil Good
Oh wow, that’s a good one too. Okay Naomi, this has been so fun. If others reading this would like to find you online, where can they do that?
- On Apple Podcasts (iTunes) + most all podcast platforms, at the That’s Deep Podcast.
- On Instagram: @thatsdeeppodcast
- On Facebook: That’s Deep Co.
- Our website: https://thatsdeepco.com/
- By email (if you want to work with me for coaching or to be featured on the show): firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, is there anything else you'd like to say?
I just want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to share a little bit more about myself and my story. As a podcast host, I spent a lot of time interviewing others and really diving into their stories, and this truly has filled my cup and I am so grateful for being interviewed by you. Thank you and Mahalo!
It's been a pleasure, Naomi. Thank you for being so generous with your time and your answers. 🙂
Naomi + Jas
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