12 Confidence-Boosting Gifts for Shy Girls

Christmas is coming up, but forget about clothes and gadgets. What I want for Christmas is a huge great bundle of confidence! It’s a shame you can’t just buy that from Amazon…

But, while I can’t serve up a pile of self-esteem alongside your roast potatoes, I can give you the next best thing: a guide to the best gifts for shy people. read more…

You’re Being Judged Every Day (Here’s Why That’s OK)

Have you ever had a conversation in which you’ve agreed 100% with everything the other person said? I don’t think I have, at least not any full on conversations that lasted longer than ten minutes.

Even when you talk to your best friend, if you have one, I bet there are times when you’re just like ‘what the heck?’ There you were, chatting away, agreeing with everything they were saying, thinking ‘we’re so in sync’, and then WHAM. It’s like ‘who is this person and what on earth made them think that?!’ read more…

Why It’s Good To Be Shy

Most of us think of shyness as something bad. Some of us would go so far as to say that it’s a curse. Maybe a few of us even feel like it’s ruining our lives. But have you ever stopped to think that shyness might not even be anything bad at all? read more…

Interview: Using Uncomfortgasms To Get Over Shyness – with Mike Emery

Today I want to share an interview with a great guy – Mike Emery from Uncomfortgasm. I heard of Mike through Alive in Berlin and it was him who led me to Kate Evans. He’s helping people to have ‘uncomfortgasms’ by pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. He’s got a unique perspective on shyness and on how uncomfortgasms might be able to help you become more confident, so let’s see what he’s got to say. read more…

Why Shy Girls Read (And 2 Novels Every Shy Girl Should Read)

Note from Jo: This is a guest post by a Twisted Sleeve reader called Naomi. Enjoy!

From what Jo has told me, a lot of us shy girls share a love of reading. It makes sense. Books allow us to enter into another world, to escape a world that we don’t always feel like we fit into, and to be someone else for a change. We can be that outgoing girl who makes witty remarks in class and who knows how to make the entire lunch table laugh hysterically. The girl for whom confidence is second nature. Whether that girl actually exists or not, I think we all like to believe that she does. I know I do. read more…

DIY Self-Esteem: How To Start Liking Yourself (Edition 2) Is Here!

In July I released the first Twisted Sleeve resource – DIY Self-Esteem: How To Start Liking Yourself. I was pleased with it because it’s basically a huge compilation of everything I’ve done, read, and experienced, to learn to like myself. So many of the questions it contains have led to HUGE realisations for me. They’ve changed the way I see myself, the way I live my life, and my self-esteem. read more…

Interview: Doing Things Because You Want To – with Kate Evans

Every now and then I hear from or about shy and introverted people who have managed to do and achieve a lot despite their shyness. It’s so inspiring to hear how other people have dealt with and overcome shyness, so I recently interviewed Bejaria about how she managed to overcome her quiet girl tendencies to study interpreting and move abroad.

Bejaria’s interview was very popular, so I decided to keep an eye out for some more people to interview. Then I saw an interview with Kate Evans on Uncomfortgasm. I knew I had to ask her to share her tips and experiences with you guys. Luckily, she said yes! Here’s my interview with her. Enjoy! read more…

Birthday Post 2014: Being 25 and Learning To Like Myself

In 2011, I was having a particularly bad year, so on my birthday, to cheer myself up, I decided to make a list of all the things I’d done that year. I was surprised by how much I’d done and I enjoyed looking back over an entire year, so I’ve done the same thing around the time of my birthday ever since.

I’ve published the last three years’ lists as blog posts because I think it’s interesting to show how much can change over the course of a year. Today is my 26th birthday, so today’s post is my look back at being twenty-five. read more…

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