I am a talker.


It’s one of my specialties.

Not just a regular talker….but an over-the-top talker.

A blue-ribbon conversationalist.

A gold-medal chatterer. Anytime….anywhere…..I always have a lot to say.

Maybe that’s why I had a conversation yesterday about plates and colors and if you left your Christmas decorations up long enough…..could you just take some of the santa and reindeer away…..and call them Valentine’s Day decorations? I think it was a ten minute discussion on decorating and un-decorating and Christmas trees and hearts in the Wal-Mart plate department…..

……with a complete stranger.


I’ve heard someone’s life story at Big Lots.

And listened to the best engagement tale ever……at the grocery store.

I’ve had random conversations about parties and pumpkins and why it’s so hard to find a cute concrete birdbath and why is printer ink so expensive and did anyone know if they even made Lee Press-On Nails any more and I even told a complete stranger that I couldn’t cook a roast. And lately I’ve been asking myself……


What makes me talk?

What makes me tick?

Simply put……what makes me……..me?

I found the answers to some of those questions and a whole lot more over at ArchetypeMe.

ArchetypeMe is this incredible website dedicated to learning more about who you are and what makes you tick and personal discovery…..all through the filter of archetypes.

It is free.

And amazing.

And so much fun.

I’m going to take the quiz!

I want to learn more about my personality type and what appeals to me.  And after I finish?  I’ll have a page of news stories I might like and movies I might want to see and books I might want to read.

Everything I’m interested in…..all in one place….all for me.


Sound like fun?

Want to get started?

If you want to learn more about Archetypes and take the quiz, click here.

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And if you want to talk a little more about it……

…..you can always find me in the random conversation department at Wal-Mart.

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  1. Image for Tammy C Tammy C

    I think it's important to figure out who I am so I know who I'm talking to and to know whether or not I should take my own advice! =P

  2. Image for Amy Amy

    I think it is important to know who we are so we can fully embrace, love and be exactly who God created us to be :) Thanks for the info on the fun quiz and great give-away!

  3. Image for Amy@The Avery House Amy@The Avery House

    Well. I am sure certain that your Archetype is way on the creative side. This is so much fun. I popped over there to do mine before leaving a comment here. I fell into a Spiritual, Caregiver, creative type. Guess that makes sense since I am a teacher turned Children's Minister who loves to sew and take photographs as well as dabble in arts and crafts and interior design. Ha! :-) Thanks for posting this Miss KariAnne! I think it's important to know yourself because we all possess unique gifts and talents that were given from God. He made us all in his image so not one gift and talent is more important than another. When you don't know yourself and compare yourself to someone else, you may miss out on your unique talent that God has given you. I have always loved the new Tinker Bell Movie when the newly named Tinker Bell finds her talent but doesn't want to embrace it as she thinks it's not as important as other talents. When she finally gives in to her "calling" she shines brilliantly. It's the same with us. When we know ourselves and allow God to work through our gifts and talents his light shines through us with amazing brilliance. I see that light through you, KariAnne. You inspire through your embrace of God's gifts and talents and his light shines in you with a wonderful brilliance.

  4. Image for donna@anangloinquébec donna@anangloinquébec

    As a Canadian I will not be participating but certainly I do think it is important to know who you are. I am intrigued by the philosophy that is behind this since really knowing what motivates you can also allow you to change what you do not like about yourself. It does not "brand" you as being a certain type of people but simply allows you to decide what you would like to see in yourself. Interesting. I had not seen this site.

  5. Image for Peggy Peggy

    So what were your results on the quiz, Kari? I had to laugh when you were talking about talking to strangers. :) You see my mom is the same exact way and now I am discovering I am too! :) As for the quiz... I was 32% creative, 31% nurturing, 17% intellectual, and 20% other... ha ha! What is amazing is my husband would probably agree with pretty wholeheartedly... okay he would say the intellectual should be a bit higher though! Have a wonderful day!!

  6. Image for Michele Michele

    LOL, heck and I always thought you loved to talk because you've had too much sugar. Hugs. I shall have to check that out, but a little worried about what i shall find, haha.

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    Hmmmm . . . I'm 44% Caregiver, 26% Creative, and 12% Intellectual - what are the other archetypes? I'm not surprised. I'm usually happiest when I'm at home taking care of everyday things, like I was able to do yesterday! It IS important to find out what you are. I remember taking the Myers-Briggs test once, and it really explained a lot about ME! And I love those who like to talk. It takes a lot of pressure off of those of us who can think more quickly typing than talking! Ha!!

  8. Image for Colleen Colleen

    That sounds like me, my kids groan when I make eye contact with a stranger in the store! LOL! Off to check it out!

  9. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I WILL take the quiz, but I believe I am who I am because of all I have gone through in my life. You areWAY younger than I am:):) I sure would LOVE to run into you at Walmart. Just the fact that you admit you GO to walmart makes my heart happy!!!! I have had LOTS of conversations with total strangers, mostly at the grocery store:):):) I think we are kindred spirits. XO, Pinky

  10. Image for Brenda Rhodes Brenda Rhodes

    I wish you could have seen me shaking my head yes and saying 'I Know' while I was reading your post just now. I can't ever seem to shut up. My husband is always kidding me about talking to people wherever we go. He said if the grocery carts would act just a little bit Interested I could have a great conversationwith them! I just don't want people to think I am a snob. Anyway, I can't wait to take the quiz and I love your blog. Keep up the good work!! :)

  11. Image for Shelly@ConfettiStyle Shelly@ConfettiStyle

    What a fun test. Thanks for sharing. I think it is really important to know who we are so we can be the best and do the best with our lives. When you know who you are you live your life in a manner that not only nourishes your soul but in turn will nourish those around you. All the best, Shelly

  12. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Interesting...Creative, Intellectual, Athlete...sounds reasonable! It'll be fun to see the content that's created for each archetype, and how the site evolves. Have a wonderful day Karianne! ps...I really adored your post about your dad/husband and the special song they sang to you on your wedding day. A two Kleenex post :)

  13. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Definitely a good idea to know more about one's self. In my mind, one of the most important stages of growing up, is learning to live with yourself. By that, I mean, knowing how to entertain yourself without anyone one else involved. Living on my own as a single woman was a very empowering experience. I took the test......I fall into the creative caregiver category. ;-) No doubt you do too. ;-) Thanks for the chance to win a gift card. I could have some fun shopping by myself. LOL ~ Sarah

  14. Image for Bliss Bliss

    You are exactly the type person I wish I'd find in a parking lot or store. Maybe then when I try to yak I wouldn't get that polite umm hummm as they back away. So as I am off to take a quiz, I'll answer the question why it's important to know who I am... Because sometimes I look in the mirror and that frumpy azz woman just isn't familiar. Bliss

  15. Image for Mami2jcn Mami2jcn

    I took the quiz and it said I’m 45% intellectual, 31% caregiver, 20% other, and 4% athlete. I think it’s important to know who you are so you know how to prioritize things in your life and how to get along well with others.

  16. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I'm not sure you need to know everything about yourself....I like some surprises! That being said, I took the quiz...I'm primarily caregiver and intellectual...never thought of myself as an intellectual..see..surprises! ;)

  17. Image for Nanci Hargis Nanci Hargis

    It is important to know who you are in order to do your best for others around you. To give the the of myself is important to me. You can only achieve this by know yourself first and the letting other know the greatness of YOU!!!

  18. Image for Buneka Rosenthal Buneka Rosenthal

    I use the archetype me website already! I love how things come full circle:) Just like you I wanted to have more insight into what makes me tick! What a great way to discover new things about yourself:)

  19. Image for Marybeth Whalen Marybeth Whalen

    I think understanding personality types help us embrace our gifts and work on our weaknesses. It also helps us understand our relationships and the way we relate to others. Always a good thing! I would live to win this book-- thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Image for Vicki Vicki

    It's important to know who you are (and accept who you are) so that you don't spend your entire life wondering why you can't be more like someone else!

  21. Image for Jan Jan

    It's important to discover who we are, as we have been given gifts. Self discovery allows us to pursue our purpose thus implement our gifts. A quiz can be fun and perhaps insightful but true knowledge comes from living and learning...

  22. Image for Jo Ann Jo Ann

    Had to laugh when I read this. I could have written it myself. I never meet a stranger. Hubby says that in 5 minutes of talking to someone strange-I know if they're married, where they live, how many children they have, etc.! LOL I love people and I'm genuinely interested in them!

  23. Image for Wendy Wendy

    I love stuff like this... maybe it's because I'm trying to find a reason for my quirkiness or a method to my madness. Hahaha. I have had many interesting conversations with complete strangers, too. Many that have left me feeling that I know a bit too much about them, and may have given too much of myself away too. Although, I have met many wonderful people this way too... like the lady from the bookstore who became my lunch budy, or the gas attendant from Costco. Maybe this quiz will give me some more insight into me. Good to know there are other people like me out there!!!

  24. Image for Lisa Brown Lisa Brown

    It's important to know who you are so you can achieve what you want in life and to make yourself happy. Also, if you know yourself, others can know the real you, too, and relationships, of all kinds, are better. jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  25. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Kim not entering. Too tired too hard now to read but it is a gift to be friendly. I too easily talk to strangers and in my illness have hugged and prayed for women in bathrooms and restaurants and in my hospital rooms...and I too know lots of stuff that a lady said last Friday she'd felt a heavy burden about all her life (her hair) and we prayed and we talked and we giggled...yes waiting for the bathroom. But life is very closed off if we close ourselves off. Even the Bible says we never know, for we may have entertained angels unaware. My brother? Same way!! His kids would groan...oh no!!! Now it's going to take forevvver to run this errand I declare this friendly people in line day. You are bequeathed Life Member!!! And yes, the more I study Gods Word, the more I'm guided as to how to live my life and how very special God made me. How He loves me so very much just as I am!!

  26. Image for Jessie C. Jessie C.

    It's important to know who you are so you can get along with and love people in your life. tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  27. Image for Sandy Sandy

    I guess at my age 45% caregiver is a true reflection of my life. I noticed I didn't rate a percentage in being creative, thus the reason I follow blogs like yours, Karianne. And I truly enjoy reading Thistlewood, and you definitely deserve A+'s!

  28. Image for Marnita Parry Marnita Parry

    It's simple really.... Once you truly know who you are and what you want in life, disappointments don't come as frequently. BUT, it's a hard lesson to learn. Take care

  29. Image for melissaowczarzak melissaowczarzak

    You are so funny and remind me of me! Which is a good thing because I totally admire you and am in a good place if I am like you in any way :) Thanks again for the email advice last night~you're the best!!

  30. Image for Dani H Dani H

    I think you have to know who you are before you can make changes ~ changes for the better and also changes in your attitude toward yourself. We cannot improve anything we don’t acknowledge, and we often don’t give ourselves credit for our abilities. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  31. Image for Susan Susan

    I love this post and NO, I don't think you talk too much! Very well stated and it's comforting that if we don't know who we are, how can we expect our friends to, XOXO

  32. Image for Jessica Jessica

    Yep! Creative, inellectual, rebel...i.e. Ky girl..who loves to create/ repurpose and wont let anything get in the way of snagging the deal..haha. Loved the quiz and now that I am in my 40s I am trying to really be my authentic self..good to know I am who I thought I was. ;) Love your blog and the fact that you are a Ky girl and a kindred spirit!

  33. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Well I can say that you have never met a stranger...you say you like to talk..and talk you do...but you always have something incredible to say...you always make people comfortable around you...you make them feel important... So what makes you tick...?...Your hands!!...like the clock...your hands are always moving...!!

  34. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    This sounds fun! I hope I remember to come back tomorrow and take the quiz - right now it's way past time for me to be in bed! The most important thing to me is knowing who I am IN CHRIST. It is only through Him that I am worth anything!

  35. Image for Mary-Anne Bunda Mary-Anne Bunda

    I just took the quiz and Creative was definitely on the top (which is why I love your blog so much!). I think it is important to know who you are because it gives you answers to questions I always ask myself like, "Why do I always have to do this?" Thanks for the opportunity to enter this great contest!

  36. Image for Lili Lili

    Oh mercy. I've learned a lot about myself, and it's usually pretty hard! I'm always surprised to realize I still have so much to work on! :-)

  37. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    I've always admired people who strike up conversations with complete strangers. A good friend of mine did that and ended up driving an Amish family to garage sales and shopping...for a whole day...complete strangers....they lived 45 minutes from her house....and she had fun! Me....sometimes I'm pretend I don't exist...and sometimes I'll talk with anyone. Gosh, we can be funny people can't we. Oh...that's me I'm talking about not YOU! Haha! I love that you do what you do!! {sigh} Is it my imagination or did you just add BlogHer to your site? Hope your week is Extraordinary...you sure are!!

  38. Image for Susan Susan

    Wow, I'm such a sucker for things like this. I'm going right over and take the quiz, of course! My husband used to tease me that I had "talk to me, Stranger" tattooed to my forehead. LOL

  39. Image for Pendra Pendra

    When asked this question... it just kinda bounced around in my big old head and I couldn't really come up with a good answer. Self examination is a hard thing to do but self discovery is freeing! I think this sounds really neat and I'm gonna check it out!!! Thanks for the chance at winning this book and some moolah!! Hugs, Pendra

  40. Image for Lee in California Lee in California

    KariAnne, Yes, thank you. Why IS it so hard to find simple, attractive concrete birdbaths?? (I'm not kidding, I'm always looking). If I come across any I'll let you know : ) Lee

  41. Image for talia talia

    What fun this is! I am mostly intellectual. Like you, I am a talker. I love to get to know people and know what makes them tick. On the other hand, people talk to me - I am the one who people tell their life story too. I think I must have a sign that says, Talk To Me pasted on my forehead. Thanks for the chance! I'd be thrilled to win the book!!

  42. Image for Debbie Hein Debbie Hein

    Karianne, I've know for sometime now we were "kindred spirits"...just a generation apart. Ha. When my youngest daughter was graduating from highschool, and she and her friends were over talking all about the upcoming graduation ceromonies, the talk turned to the colleges that would take this very close pack of girls in various directions. One of the friends began to get very emotional saying how things would be so different...Then one of the other girls started to laugh and said how they could always call me that I was always able to talk to any of them, and that it was easy to talk to me afterall I could talk to a bush....

  43. Image for Amy Tong Amy Tong

    I think it’s important to know who I am because so others around me can know me better. By the way, the quiz was pretty fun.  Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  44. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Freedom in knowing who you are so you can understand your strengths and realizing why doing certain things makes you happy.

  45. Image for Maureen Maureen

    It is important to know who I am because then I can enjoy life more. I will know where I want to go and what I want to do with a bit more ease. I will be a better me and a better wife , daughter , sister and friend.

  46. Image for Jessica F Jessica F

    It's so important to know who you are because it defines how you work with others and how you approach what life brings to you!

  47. Image for Kerry Kerry

    I think it's important to know who I am because it makes me aware of why I choose the friends I do. It makes sense that people with the same interests will be attracted to each other.

  48. Image for sy sy

    I had fun taking the quiz too, I'm a caretaker. I think it's important to know who I am so I can prepare for situations where I can be stressed, and improve myself. songyueyu at gmail

  49. Image for Kelly D Kelly D

    It’s important to know who you really are because then you will have direction in life, and find activities and company that you really enjoy.

  50. Image for Stacey Stacey

    I just went and did the quiz. Very interesting and i agree with the results. I'm like you sometimes...I talk to strangers and then walk away thinking they must worry that I'm a loony tune. Other times, I'll walk around the aisle to avoid someone I know. Don't we all do that sometimes? Please say yes. :) It is important to know who we are so we can make good decisions for our lives and well being. That's my take on it.

  51. Image for kristin M kristin M

    I was the girl in school who couldn't raise my hand in any kind of opinion poll until I observed how other's were answering. I never wanted to stand out or hold the unpopular stance. it's always been important to me that people like me. I am a peacemaker. I might occasionally have the unpopular opinion but i don't often express it publicly. Until i lost my sister. and my dad. any my dog. and my job. My sister was the most genuine person I knew and since losing her I have been at work to find and become my most genuine self. I am learning that just because we may differ in opinion doesn't mean we can't be friends. i am learning to be comfortable with my views and even in expressing them knowing that they make me uniquely me. This is why I am interested in learning exactly who I am. Now i'll go check out Archetype me.

  52. Image for Ashley Hatten Ashley Hatten

    It's important to know who you are because the more you know about yourself the greater you will feel and the better you will be at dealing with situations. If you don't know who you truly are then how will anyone else? Thanks! ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

  53. Image for anash anash

    43% Caregiver A Caregiver is someone who lives to give and needs to be useful. 22% Intellectual If you’re an Intellectual, you’re always seeking knowledge and wisdom. 15% Visionary Visionary women see important things before others do and make new rules that change the world. Thanks for a super giveaway!

  54. Image for anash anash

    Please disregard my last reply or delte!! i answered the wrong question...Its important because then you are unshakable! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  55. Image for anash anash

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/312404566501126146 Thanks for the chance to win! email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  56. Image for Carol Carol

    I took the test, 43% Caregiver, 21% Intellectual, 16% Creative. Think I might have put it in a different order but that is okay. Tried to continue but they did not beleive my birth date. My goodness since when is being 74 over the hill and not visable to the rest of the world? I am just getting started. The best is yet to be. Thanks!

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