and a give away.
It's Friday...and it's so good to be here. I was away for a week.... another trip to California. It was fabulous, but it's so good to be home. I missed my boys and this blog so much.
It's time for another 5 on Friday. I'm linking up over at Reflection of You. Please feel free to join in... the more the merrier.
Today I thought I'd share some thoughts on being an introvert. I have a feeling I'm not alone...
Since Oasis, I've been thinking a lot about my introversion. I talked here a few weeks ago about how I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked, while at Oasis. I long for quiet... I need solitude....and it's in that setting that I am most moved to 'click'. I realize now...that is exactly why I don't take photo after photo when I'm in a group setting.... And I'm okay with that!
I think it's a matter of understanding who we are and what we need in order to be our best selves.
Introverts do better in quiet settings.... that's a fact. But with that said, I do LOVE gathering with people who get me....people I can relate to, connect with..... and as much as I love quiet I would never want to miss opportunities like Oasis.
It's fascinating. Accepting my introversion...in fact embracing it....is so empowering. I remember as a kid having no desire to attend summer camp....and feeling like there was something wrong with me. I realize now, it wasn't because I was less-than or even that shy....it was simply because I needed my space. I loved to spend time alone, in my room, quietly playing, writing, or reading. And here I am, an adult, doing pretty much the same thing.
When I was at Myriam's she had music playing most of the time. I found myself longing for .... silence. I rarely have music or the tv on, while I'm working. I NEED to be alone and in-quiet...with my thoughts. Now that my boys are grown and away I seem to need it even more. I live/love a very quiet life.
Funny, but true story....just the other day I was upstairs getting changed and ready to take Ben out for a walk....John was in the kitchen, doing the dishes and getting ready to make his homemade soup. The noise was so loud (to me) that I yelled down, please stop banging...He was like... I'm sorry are you trying to sleep?....and I said, and I quote...... No, I just don't like loud noise! The thing is...it wasn't really banging or that loud... but to me it sure seemed like it.
I'm sharing all this...not to say introverts are better than extroverts...or the other way around. Simply to say it's okay...either way....Loving and accepting who we are is really the only way.
I was talking with Xanthe about being an introvert....and she said, you are not a full-introvert.... and I was like really? We can be a bit of both. Anyhow, we concluded I am an introvert with some extrovert tendencies.... and she is an extrovert with some introvert tendencies. (although she wasn't sure about that 'smile') The conversation was quite funny..... We laughed about how different we are... She likes to go out with friends, just be out and about... Me, not so much. We talked about our style.... mine very subtle, played down...hers super fun and colourful.....
Anyhow, I could go on....and on.... I will stop soon....I promise.
But first....I shared a bit about needing quiet in Beyond this past week...and one of the lovely Beyonders shared a fabulous book called Quiet... by Susan Cain. I'm listening to it now....so good! Xanthe also told me about a Ted Talk by Susan Cain...check it out below. Introverts ..you are going to love it!
5 Facts about Introverts
Fact one: Introversion and shyness are 2 different things...however... introverts are often mistaken for shy.....
Fact two: Many introverts are great communicators, awesome public speakers, and powerfully present... But they need more time alone, in-quiet, to refuel... than an extrovert does.
Fact three: You can be an introvert with extrovert tendencies..... and the other way around. We are rarely all one way or the other.
Fact Four: Acting like an extrovert will not change who you are. There's no need to overcome it. It's all good. The world needs a mix. Of course it never hurts to push ourselves a little outside our comfort zone.... (not to self)
Fact Five: Many powerful people are/were introverts. ie. Einstein, Warren Buffet, Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, J.K. Rowings and Spielberg to name a few.
Before I sign off...I'd love to hear your thoughts....
Are you an introvert or an extrovert....or somewhere in between? Do you tend to fight against your natural ways...or embrace them?
Who do you gravitate to...introverts or extroverts? or a bit of both?
I can't wait to hear what you have to say......
In honour of sharing...how 'bout a give away or two?
Simply share your introvert/extrovert thoughts in the comments for a chance to win one of two prizes....
Give away 1 - a spot in my Lightroom eCourse Round Trip.
I will announce the winner on Sunday.
Below is Susan Cain's fabulous Ted Talk. Enjoy.
Until next time.... so much love...
The Give Away Winners are Posted above. Thanks for sharing!