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A time for thanksgiving

fall-2255303_1920I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving again. Hope everyone has a wonderful day and evening! Although Thanksgiving was last month in Canada, I was away at the time and didn’t get to write up a post. So here are a few things I’m thankful for.

1. Family
Things have been pretty rough lately. Not only for myself, but for those I love. But all these things have really brought our family closer together. There’s greater warmth and unity than ever before. I’m so grateful to have these supportive people in my life. And even amidst the tears, frustration, and struggles, there’s always lots of laughter.

2. Friends
I don’t have a lot of friends. Something I’m quite okay with. But those I call friend hold a special place in my heart. We can be in separate countries (one is in the UK and another in Japan) but when we connect, it’s like we were never apart. These are the people I trust. The ones I can be silly with. We share inside jokes and sing along to songs on the radio at the top of our lungs. I’m comfortable with them.

3. My introverted nature
I didn’t always view my introversion as a gift. Being more sensitive, introspective, and quiet often leads to more persecution than praise. But being able to appreciate and see things differently is an amazing ability. To connect on a deeper level. To empathize with and understand others. To see the beauty in things others don’t even notice. This perspective is something that I wouldn’t change for the world. And I’m learning to see it as a gift, rather than a weakness.

What are you thankful for?

Unique blogger award

the-unique-blogger-award-wander-summerIt’s been a while since I’ve accepted a blogging award. I’ve been nominated by the lovely Lacy for the Unique Blogger Award. I’ve never been nominated for this one before, so thank you very much, I really appreciate it (if you’ve nominated me for an award and I don’t accept, I’m very grateful for your nomination, but I’ve likely received it in the past).

The rules:
*Share the link of the blogger who has nominated you
*Answer their questions
*Nominate 8-13 people
*Ask them three questions

Their questions:
1. What is your goal in blogging? Who do you hope to reach?
I started this blog with the desire to connect with like-minded individuals and to share the struggles that many introverts experience on a daily basis. As such, I don’t necessarily have a defined goal, but if my writings can help someone who’s struggling, then I’m happy to share my own thoughts and experiences.

2. What is your favorite past time outside of blogging? What defines you?
I love working out, going for walks, taking dance lessons (a new addition to my schedule), meal planning, and cooking. Pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle is something that is very important to me.

3. Share with us your favorite inspirational quote.
I have so many favorites, but one I recently connected with is below.

The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried.
Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.
-Roy Bennett

My nominations (in no particular order):
*  Like Her Type
* Bare Necessity
* INFJoe Cartoons
* Peace With My Life
* Authentically Aurora
* INFJ Ramblings
* Warrior Freya
* Found in France

My questions:
1. If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
2. How would you describe yourself in three words and why?
3. What motivates you to improve (in blogging, life, etc)?

As always, please don’t feel obligated to accept this award if you’d rather not. This is just a small way I can share my appreciation of what you choose to share with the world.

Hope you have a great week!

Thoughts on moving forward


One of my greatest fears is becoming stagnant. I never want to reach the point where I think, this is good enough. I want to keep moving forward, growing, and learning new things.

I’m in pursuit of the balance between self acceptance and personal growth. I want to come to the point where I’m comfortable with who I am, aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and able to exist within society as an individual who isn’t swayed by other’s opinions. I want to work on conquering my weaknesses and use my strengths to my advantage. I will never have the seemingly endless energy of an extrovert (that I often desire) but that’s okay. I have a host of other talents, skills, and traits I can draw on. Here are a few things I’m going to do:

    1. Celebrate my strengths.
      I’m a great planner and organizer. I love the challenge of creating a schedule and fitting all my plans into a 24 hour period. I’m also observant and able to pick up on non-verbal cues quite easily.
    2. Be grateful.
      I want to focus on the people, experiences, and things I’m grateful for. I cherish the connections I have with my friends and family. They mean so much to me and I’m going to let them know how much I appreciate their love and friendship.
    3. Forgive myself for my mistakes.
      I have a tendency to remember all my little mistakes and remind myself of them at the most inopportune times. This isn’t healthy. When I start thinking negatively, I’ll remind myself that I’m only human and mistakes are normal. The important thing is to learn from them and move on.
    4. Set realistic goals.
      I’ve been a perfectionist my whole life. I’m going to start setting realistic goals within a realistic timeline. If things change, that’s okay. I’ll readjust and keep moving forward.

What kinds of goals do you have for yourself?

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