When I was a little girl I remember my dad being really into handwriting analysis. He had this book on graphology and would try to interpret people's personality through their scribbles.
And I always found it fascinating when he'd end up being right about someone's character or personality traits – just by studying their handwriting.
Of course nowadays it's a lot more difficult to do. What I mean is, when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? Everything is digital – even in our household. When I want to remind VIP or the kids about something, I'd normally send them a text.
So when I got invited to have my handwriting analysed at a meeting with Park Plaza London Riverbank, I literally jumped at the chance.
About two weeks before our meeting with expert graphologist, Tracey Trussell of Handright, we were asked to provide samples of our handwriting, our signature and our doodles.
That was pretty easy to do; when I'm on the phone I tend to doodle anyway. I'll find myself drawing flowers or stars – or sometimes both.
On the odd occasion my doodles will form wiggles, but my go-to doodling is stars, and for some reason I also aim to make all the points of the stars the same size.
It's funny how sometimes doodling can help you concentrate isn't it?!
The analysis – and interpretation
After a spot of lunch, a chat and a tour of the hotel (which is lovely by the way in case you haven't visited – offering panoramic views of Battersea Power Station, the House of Parliament and the London Eye!), we were called one by one to meet with Tracey. My time had come and I couldn't wait to hear what she had to tell me!
Before I reveal what Tracey and I chatted about – and how she interpreted my handwriting, I should point out that I was at a stage in my life when I knew what I wanted, but fear was holding me back from doing it.
I hadn't given this much thought the day I met Tracey – I was more interested to see if she'd pick up on my sensitive nature, the importance of my family and that I'm picky when it comes to friendships, as I hold close friends in high regard.
Tracey started off by saying that my handwriting offered her some strong clues as to my personality and presented me with her report.
Extracts from the handwriting analysis:
“You're highly intuitive and easily bored – you can't sit still – so you're invariably quick to react to outside stimulus and ideas, whilst maintaining a smile on your face.”
This statement is very true. I do get bored quickly if something isn't grabbing my attention – and I'm often found deep within my own thoughts – even when speaking with people! As you can imagine, this used to get me in trouble at school!
“You're charming, well-mannered and exhibit respectful behaviour to everyone you meet. You're goal-orientated and progressive, so you make decisions and take action. You work well under pressure, and often find it good to be challenged in that way”
Again – all true, but I think that if work pressures become too much I tend to start panicking and feel a bit overwhelmed. I'd rather this than sat at my desk twiddling my thumbs though.
You hear the beat of your own drum and choose to follow an independent, creative path. You're interested in possibilities, so you make sure you're open-minded and quick to spot business opportunities”
I couldn't have put it better myself – Tracey was spot on.
You're an incurable optimist, creative and quick thinking, lively, intuitive and inspirational. You're also expressive with the gift of the gab, sensitive and you'd like to think humorous too.
As Tracey was reading this out, I wondered if VIP had paid her to say nice things about me, so that I'd come home in a good mood. But admittedly, I am an optimist – always preferring to stay hopeful. That's why I play the Lotto! 😉
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Tracey also picked up on that fact that I sometimes felt drained by other people's needs. And she was right by this too. I do have some friends that I like to see infrequently (and for short periods) as I find that they can sap the energy and positivity from me.
For some friends, the conversation is all doom and gloom – or the topic of conversation will revolve around them – how they feel, what they've been doing, etc.. And one person I know is very happy to nitpick my life and lifestyle, telling me what I should be doing/eating/saying etc..
Really I should be dropping these ‘friends' like hot cakes, but I don't out of loyalty.
How I felt
In all truth I felt a little overwhelmed about how much Tracey was able to ‘read' the sort of person I was. She was spot on with most of her interpretations of my handwriting in terms of my personality traits.
There was only one thing that the handwriting analysis interpreted that I didn't feel was my character…
Any upsets tend to be like water off a duck's back for you – you don't hold on to things, you deal with them, let them go and move on.
It's funny – I can regularly be heard saying to the kids, friends or VIP “Accept it, deal with it and move on”, but I feel that I should take my own advice sometimes.
Being such a sensitive soul, I don't let things go easily. If someone has upset me or behaved in a way that I think is inappropriate, I find it difficult to forgot about it, preferring instead to sulk about it for a bit and then have it out with them.
However, we got to the last part of the analysis and it freaked me out a bit:
You are torn by the prospect of new adventures and the practical/realistic expectations that life brings. Will you be able to combine your dreams with the (financial) security you value so highly? You have the ability and the vision, so only time will tell. Perhaps you have reached a stage or a crossroads in your life where you could consider a change of path – one that revolves more constantly around your family and home life?”
The BIG decision
I wondered how Tracey could have hit the mark so spot on. At the time of seeing her, I had been toying with the idea of leaving my job and doing my own thing.
But what troubled me was the financial burden we'd feel as a family from doing so.
So what to do? Stay in a job for financial security even though I felt my creativity was being repressed? Or just go for it and deal with the consequences as they happened?
I felt that Tracey had picked up on my inner turmoil rather accurately. And her analysis of my doodles further reinforced this:
Your star doodles reveal big ambitions, aspirations and a dream. But the complete avoidance (of doodles) on the right hand side of the page tells me that you are concerned with what the future holds. This interpretation is reinforced by the retracing of the last part of your square-shaped spiral, highlighting anxiety going forwards.
Tracey predicted that as my feet are firmly on the ground that I wouldn't make a hasty decision going forward.
And of course, she was right on that too. I thought long and hard – agonising over months and months about my dilemma.
But I finally made my mind up a few months ago. Backed by family and my real friends who believe in me, I made the huge decision to leave a job I had known for the best part of 17 years.
Yes, it was a massive decision and yes I'm still ‘bricking it', but following the advice of John D Rockefellerr…
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great”
….I stopped chasing the money and started chasing the dream!
PLEASE NOTE: Tracey is offering Home and Horizon readers a discount on her graphology services.
For snapshots and Doodle snapshots, the usual price is £90 but Home and Horizon readers receive a £20 reduction and pay £70. A global handwriting analysis costs £150 but is available exclusively to Home and Horizon readers for £125. Quote ‘Home and Horizon' when booking or emailing for details.
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