How To Respond To Things That One Should Never Say To an Introvert

"...What happens to me when I’m provoked is that I get tongue-tied and my mind goes blank. Then I spend all night tossing and turning trying to figure out what I should have said." ~ Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail, 1998 I wonder how many introverts nodded in agreement upon hearing Ms. Kelly explain this … Continue reading How To Respond To Things That One Should Never Say To an Introvert

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Important Truths About Life Through the Eyes of an Introvert

"Solitude matters and for some people it's the air they breathe." - Susan Cain The word "introvert" unlocked a new realm of understanding when it replaced the words "shy" and "quiet" in my list of traits. I spent my childhood and much of my adulthood feeling misunderstood and out-of-place in many situations and I thought it was me. Well, it was me, but I thought it … Continue reading Important Truths About Life Through the Eyes of an Introvert

How I’ve Survived One-Sided Relationships

I've been here before. At my desk. Staring at a blank screen. Waiting for the right words to accurately describe my anxiety so that you, my reader, understand. I know I'm not alone. I also know what's giving me anxiety. It took me a while to figure it out, but I did. My anxiety stems from the … Continue reading How I’ve Survived One-Sided Relationships

Finding the Courage To Share Your Story

"How do you share such personal, detailed information in your blogs?" I admit, it was terribly daunting at first, particularly after going to great lengths to hide my online posts from my ex-husband. He took immense pleasure in using such information against me and it took me a long time to feel comfortable with writing … Continue reading Finding the Courage To Share Your Story

How Our View Of Success Defines Our Legacy

 SUCCESS - (n.) The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. a. The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. {archaic} The good or bad outcome of an undertaking. "Success" means different things to different people. It's how each of us defines success that dictates the … Continue reading How Our View Of Success Defines Our Legacy

2017 In Review {A Little Late} & What’s In Store for 2018

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to all of my dear Writeful Mind readers. I hope everyone had a safe, happy New Year celebration. December, for the past several years, has been a month of extreme highs and lows. My mother's birthday is during the first week and I find it very challenging to get … Continue reading 2017 In Review {A Little Late} & What’s In Store for 2018

A / Z of Introvertedness

A - Alone, but not necessarily lonely B - Bashful in large groups C - Crowds avoided D - Deep thinker E - Escapist when energy levels deplete F - Fast draining energy levels G - Guarded around unfamiliar people/circumstances H - Homebody {and we LIKE it} I - Intimate social circles only J - Judicious K … Continue reading A / Z of Introvertedness

An Empath’s Guide To Self-Care

They don't understand you because your heart bleeds colors the world has never seen before." ~ A.R. Lucas or much of my life, I've felt misunderstood as a result of the labels and expectations put upon me. When I was growing up, I got used to hearing how "shy" and "quiet" I was; I didn't … Continue reading An Empath’s Guide To Self-Care