Taking an introvert day

Written on June 10, 2011 by in Business savvy

I’ve been so busy lately that I’m having trouble deciding what to share. Trouble concentrating, really.

Photographic inspiration by Vivienne Ward

I launched a by-invitation workshop last week, and am currently working with seven fascinating women from around the world (yep, while most are American, we have one Canadian and a Slovakian as well). Luckily, one of these lovely ladies volunteered to guest blog about her workshop experience, so I can let that topic go for now.

I had an interesting discussion with a branding expert the other day, full of wisdom that I’ll be sharing soon (via video!). Yay!

My personal life has also been hectic. My husband and I researched, negotiated and bought a new car just over a week ago — and don’t you know, I have a terrible time with dealerships and salespeople, even the decent ones — and now, we are trying to decide what our next big life step is. (We spent the last year traveling abroad and are still effectively homeless, staying with family in Florida.)

It’s a lot to manage, especially for an introvert who needs a lot of quiet time. I haven’t had much of that recently, and my mind is racing in a million different directions yet only functioning at half capacity. I feel a little foggy but also guilty that I’m missing out on opportunities. I just can’t bring myself to act.

There are a lot of “shoulds” rolling around in my mind today, which is funny because we talked about “shoulds” during the workshop this week. What did I say about them? Oh, yes, something like:

“Shoulds” are counterproductive. The truth is, none of us has to do anything. Of course, there may be consequences; there are for every decision or non-decision we make in life. But, if you really don’t want to do something, you can generally find someone else to help you with it. Almost anything in life can be outsourced to make room for truly meaningful or exciting experiences…

Yeah, I’m a big ol’ lecture pants. I have to remind myself of these lovely truths all the time, too.

Just for today, I’m letting go of “shoulds” and the accompanying guilt. I’m going to read the latest Nora Roberts and sit in the sunroom, basking in the bright and heat of this Florida summer. Huh, it’s kinda like breaking the rules, isn’t it? Definitely be a good thing once in a while.

Catch ya later,

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