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A Weekend to Recharge: An Introvert’s Guide

by Ashley on November 19, 2012 · 4 comments

After being completely “on” for four days, networking, and presenting at a national conference, I intentionally reserved this weekend  for recharging, some major alone time, and filling my cup with happiness and positive energy.

:: I wore my coziest pajamas until noon.

:: I went on three short runs exploring my new neighborhood.

:: I made kale salad with quinoa and black beans.

:: I had an rejuvenating coaching call with an old friend that left me feeling inspired and energized.

:: I watched Father of the Bride. 1 and 2.

:: I ate pumpkin ice cream for dessert and didn’t feel the least bit guilty.

:: I began planning, dreaming, and scheming what I want this space to become over the next year.

:: I drank hot apple cider and brainstormed new creative ideas with my favorite journal and pen.

:: I read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.

:: And I went to bed by 10pm.

I’m an introvert who needs some serious time alone after spending days surrounded by people. I need time to sort through my thoughts, let my mind rest, and filter through the conversations that occurred. It’s not that I don’t enjoy spending time with people, because I do. It’s just that I leave feeling exhausted. So, this weekend I went into my metaphorical cave of relaxation and recharging.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? How do you recharge?

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Mary November 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

My entire life I’ve been sure I was an extrovert. But in the past few months, I have found the things in life that I really want to devote myself to and it has lead me into more introverted tendencies. I think it’s because I don’t need anyone to validate what I’m doing, because it’s intrinsically making me happy. Based on this list of your weekend activities, I would like to be your friend. :-)

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capePHAROAH November 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’m an introvert as well and I recharge by listening to soothing music and laying in bed. Other times I just chill with a friend, some drinks and South Park lol. By the way I really enjoy your content, what an example you are :-)

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Lauren Michelle November 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I am definitely an introvert. I don’t mind working with and being around people, but at the end of the day, I love coming home and having that alone time to recharge. Over the years, journaling has really helped me to sort out my ideas and feelings. I once wrote, probably one of the rawest and most honest journal entries of my life a couple years ago, and found that after I penned that last word, all of my pent up confusion, anger, and stress about that particular situation just fade away. It, honest to God, felt like a physical weight being lifted off my shoulders.

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Kristen November 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Power to the introverts! I like to think of myself as an introvert with extremely extroverted skills- but reserve that mostly to work situations. In life, I def prefer a quiet night in with a great movie or book. I almost always have my PJs on my 7pm ( if not 530 when I get home from work!) and RARELY stay awake later than 10! Introverts know themselves well I think :)

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