a peek inside my introvert heart

yesterday, i crashed.

actually, it was a spiral downhill starting on tuesday.

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i love entertaining.

i love my family and my friends.

but when i get too much of a good thing it leaves me exhausted.

my sister-in-law and i talked about it on monday evening.

we talked about how i am an introvert, and as much as i love to entertain and be around MY people, i crave time alone.

and, when i have too much time being “on”, i crash.

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i crave silence.

any bit of noise yesterday and tuesday shot right to my raw nerves.

my throat got sore, my body ached, but most of all, my mind needed quiet.

i slept all day yesterday.

the sleep was needed…the quiet was needed even more.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.49.56 AMtoday, the noise isn’t so loud.

today, the to do list isn’t so daunting.

today, i will continue to recognize my need to recharge.

a year and a half ago, i began to read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking after my father-in-law recommended it to me.

i picked it up off my nightstand last night and am determined to finish it.

are you an introvert or an extrovert?

home is…life as an introvert.

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22 thoughts on “a peek inside my introvert heart

  1. seam31 says:

    I think you hit an introvert’s needs spot on. I’m a split between introvert and extrovert. If I don’t get enough alone time, I don’t do well. On the other hand, if I am ill and indoors for a stretch and can’t be around friends, I don’t do well with that, either. It’s a fine balance for me. I’d say I need more alone time than my fully extroverted friends do. Will you be revewing the book? It sounds interesting.

  2. Megan says:

    I am so thankful for the time our families had together and for that conversation that gave me insight into the complexity of being an introvert or an extrovert. You are a fantastic and gracious host, and I’m glad you are finding the time to recharge! 💜💜💜

  3. kelso27 says:

    This article made me feel so much better about being an introvert. I always feel exhausted and terrible for feeling that way after I see my friends and family. They don’t understand how I can be this way! This was refreshing.

  4. Barista Boy says:

    Just think how I’LL feel in a month! 🙂 When you finish the book it’s clear that there are many variations of the introvert. This family has a few. Cartoon graphics were very good. Bit surprised they didn’t include neat, organized and clean environment along with quiet. All of these can lower the “stress” of the introverted mind. Unless we live a hermit existence up on some mountain we have to strive for balance . . . similar to what yoga strives for. Keep working at it. It’s obvious from all the above comments, you have company. Peace Dil!

    • stephany @ home is what you make it says:

      I’ll be right there with you…in addition to the added stress of flying across the country with two children! The last time I flew was when I passed out on the way home from Rochester and almost caused the plane to make an emergency landing…really not looking forward to flying across the country again.

  5. thenakeddyke says:

    I am definitely an introvert, as much as I want to be an extrovert. But you can recognise when to take time to rest and that’s so important. I’ll be trying to channel some of your self-reflection when I know I’m flagging

  6. Kathy says:

    Your words are comfort to the introvert in all of us… no question those who can find a quiet sanctuary when needed manage to enjoy life more…true for all of us I think, though introverts need that sanctuary time more often.

  7. karlamcurry says:

    I am an introvert! When you’re little, you don’t understand these labels/descriptions, just that people keep telling you to be a certain way. Now, even though I often wish I responded differently to certain situations, I’ve come to be more accepting and less apologetic. Some people just don’t get that I don’t want (and can’t) go out all of the time, tell me that I should be doing this or that because it’s good for me. I’m quiet, doesn’t mean something is necessarily wrong. Social situations – even good ones – leave me exhausted and sometimes in tears for no apparent reason. I’m a stay-at-home mom who homeschools, so I often need time-outs for myself. Even though we may be an understood lot, it definitely helps to understand what makes you an introvert so you don’t feel guilty – or don’t let others make you feel bad – and so you can understand why you are the way your are. Cheers!

  8. Ally says:

    I’m definitely an introvert and completely relate to this post 🙂 I love the book Quiet by Susan Cain. It was life-changing for me.

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