Perhaps it’s the weather. Or maybe the moon cycle. Possibly hormones. I don’t really know.

Moon Rise

I’m feeling introverted these days, and showing up to write anything that will be shared has felt quite daunting.

The truth is: I am an introvert. I need quiet, calm, and space in order to feel balanced and fueled up. Crowds of people, loud places, busy schedules, meetings, expectations… all these things drain me. When I feel myself getting drained, I sneak away and retreat for an evening, or sometimes for a whole weekend if I can be so indulgent.

Turns out, my introversion translates over to my writing life as well. Right now I’m feeling shy, at a loss for words, and a little stubborn about sharing the personal stuff. Maybe I’m a little vulnerable from the slow moving winter months, or maybe I’m just being selfish. Stubborn and selfish are two qualities I don’t ever hope to retain for any long periods of time, so I’m hoping for a swift pass of this phase.

In the meantime, will you be patient with me?

I’m going on vacation next week, and I hope the warmth and time away from routine will get me back into gear.

We’ll talk soon, I promise.

How do you gather your energy? What is your favorite way to recharge when you’re feeling rundown?


11 thoughts on “Introversion

  1. Sunshine. Getting outside, even on a cold day, gives me energy even when I think I have none. And after I get some exercise, I don’t feel guilty about being lazy later with a stack of magazines and wine… πŸ™‚

    • Ahhh… I am the queen of getting my work-out done early and then lounging the rest of the day. My perfect version of a Saturday entails a big sweat session, followed by a shower, a nap, and then loads of baking. So good to hear you have the same mentality about getting exercise!

  2. I’ve been wondering about you! Gosh you aren’t alone. Two days ago I told my husband that I think I’m depressed and we actually discussed the possibility of a little pick-me-up therapy. (I am very pro-therapy haha). But the next day, the sun came out against the bluest, most beautiful sky… and I was healed! You need those warm vacation rays and I’m sure you’ll pop back to your usual self. Thanks for sharing though, we can all use some reassurance that winter is just a poor brain companion. Meanwhile, much patience for you, friend. Big squeeze πŸ™‚

    • You’re so lovely, Jane. Thank you for the kind words. Yes, it’s amazing what some sunshine can do for our bodies and our spirits. I am pro-therapy as well, but a sunny day is much cheaper! πŸ˜‰ I’ve also been meaning to comment on your two most recent posts, but to be perfectly honest, they both hit so close to home for me that I just froze up and couldn’t do it. You are knocking it out of the park, lady! Huge squeeze to you.

  3. Oh Katie, I love your blogs….and your sincere honesty. I can SO relate with your introversion. And its weird because I didn’t allow myself to embrace my “introversion” until my late 20’s, so I think its wonderful that you recognize this for you. When I do embrace this part of me…. I feel much more filled up when I am true to what I need…. I think you’re really good at that…giving yourself what you need. I don’t think its selfish…I think it’s wonderful!! The warm sun and vacation is going to be a perfect medicine for you. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for your blog when you return and for our date!! πŸ™‚ I love you BIG!!

    • What would I do without you, Katie? We better warn Damien and Pete: our next date is going to be a long one! Your friendship is nourishing beyond words, and I am SO grateful for you. ❀

  4. Katie, I think you have the best blog-commenters of any blog out there. I have to throw out another vote for sunshine. A big part of why I love the lunchtime runs you and I were talking about is that if you can swing it, it is a chance to recharge and regroup in the middle of the day – with fresh air and, yes, daylight! I love to carve out time for calm and space, as you phrased it so well, in the middle of a workday.

    • Rebecca, you are the best at seizing the day and making the most of all that comes your way. I so admire that about you! The lunchtime runs are a definite must-try for me in the coming weeks (especially now that I know all of your tricks!). I also remember our conversations about you and Josh making it a priority to take walks together last winter. I love that you two created such a positive and uplifting habit with one another… and now Wish makes it that much easier to enjoy the outdoors. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for joining in on the conversation – I do feel enormously blessed with all the wonderful people who leave their comments and inspirations.

  5. ENJOY your vacation – I can’t wait to hear all about it. It cured my eye twitch, so there must be something magical about the place πŸ™‚

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