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Meet Introverted Attorney & Author April Randall

Say hello to April Randall from Maryland, USA. She has thought about her dream life many times throughout her life. Although it has changed over time, the essence is still the same.  She wants to be successful, of course, but even more that, her dream life would be one without self-doubt and fear.

April, tell us about the work you do and what inspired you to get started.

I am an attorney by training having practiced for nearly twenty years. Yet recently, I have taken on a new venture that I am particularly excited about. I have decided to get out of my own way and embark on my writing journey.  

I am the co-author of the book, The Blueprint of a ThriveHER: From Surviving to Thriving,  which will be released in the summer 2024. This is a project that I had the opportunity to be a part of along with 11 other amazing women.

In the book, I am being truly vulnerable and sharing my story suffering from an eating disorder in an effort to encourage others, particularly Black women, to share their stories and seek the help that they need. My hope is that by sharing my truth, it will help someone else.  

How has being an introvert affected your life and your career?

As a legal professional, my career requires me to interact with people on a regular basis.  It is ironic that I would choose a profession that would require me to interface with people regularly. I have since taken that one step further by co-authoring a book.

Talk about stepping out of one’s comfort zone!

Over time, I have learned to deal with my being an introvert. I have an outward facing career and participating in speaking engagements about The Blueprint of a ThriveHER: From Surviving to Thriving forces me to be extroverted. Very Extroverted!

Yet, I have learned that in order to grow in one’s career, being introverted is not going to cut it. You must network and talk to people. I have gotten better at this but I admit that I must pump myself up for it at times. I try to envision the various scenarios to plan for them. I still feel awkward with small talk, but I am getting better.

Like many introverts, however, I just want to go home and be alone after being with people for an extended period of time. I am married with a child, and I even have to stay away from them for a while after a day of overstimulation.  I just need to decompress and just be.

Share a significant lesson you have learned on your journey so far.

I have learned many lessons throughout my journey. One of which simply stems from self-reflection. I realize that my being an introvert, in part, is due to having low self-esteem.  I am consumed with wondering what others would think about me or say about me. Whether I am doing the right thing or showing up appropriately. 

These thoughts have prevented me from engaging with others or taking on new challenges. Over the years, however, I have learned that I have to push past these debilitating thoughts and fight my introverted tendencies if I want to grow in my career.  

What advice would you give to other introverted women who are building their dreams?

I would tell my fellow Introverted Sisters that it is okay to be an introvert. We are who we are.

There are, in fact, benefits to being an introvert. For example, we tend to be more focused on our work than socializing during the day. This allows us to get our work done efficiently and effectively.  

Yet, I would encourage my Introverted Sisters to step outside their comfort zone on occasion to meet new people. Attend a networking event and challenge yourself to meet at least two people to start. Overtime, increase the number. Soon this will become second nature.

Thank you for taking the time to share your story.

If you want to learn more about April Randall, you can find her here:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/april-randall-114

Photo credits: Eli Turner Studios

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