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Nearly the weekend

It’s been a long week. We’ve been consistently busy at work which is good. But the only downside is that greater engagement with clients and coworkers at work leaves me more burned out by the time I go home. Fortunately I have about an hour alone in the evening before my roommate gets back. So I use that time to prep supper, prepare things for the next day, and do bits of cleaning in our shared areas.

I’m not sure if it’s due to the restrictions, but my (highly extroverted) roommate has been more needy than ever. She’s pretty good at leaving me alone if my door is closed. And I’ve been utilizing that option a lot lately in order to recharge. So that’s been great. But as soon as I leave my room to fetch a glass of water or use the washroom, she pops out of her room like a jack-in-the-box and starts talking. It would be almost comical if I wasn’t so mentally exhausted. And at that point, I’m not even coherent. So I can’t really explain why I need to be alone.

On the plus side, we’ve been having absolutely beautiful weather. So I’ve been able to go for walks outdoors more often. It’s truly been a lifesaver. Especially since my roommate only leaves our place for work and groceries. And constantly wants to talk when we’re in the same room. And follows me around like a puppy if I move from one room to the next.

But I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’ll probably do some cleaning around home (with headphones in). Grab a cup of coffee or tea and go for a walk. And spend some time with my daily planner. What are you up to this weekend?

15 introvert-friendly things to do

sunset-691654_1920I love long weekends! We have one coming up and I’ll be spending a few days with my family. Long weekends are great because of the extra time you can spend doing whatever you’d like. I wanted to share 15 introvert-friendly things to do on a long weekend (or any weekend for that matter). Perfect for going solo (or with someone you like spending time with).

1. Go to a park and wander.
Find a nearby park and go for a long walk. Follow the path and see where it goes, explore, bring snacks for a small picnic, sit and meditate, etc.

2. Movie night.
Have a movie night or Netflix session at home. Make popcorn and snacks and spend the evening getting lost in another world for a few hours.

3. Make a recipe.
Find a recipe for something you’ve always wanted to make, then make everything from scratch. A long weekend is the perfect time to try out new things. Pair your creation with a nice glass of wine (or whatever you like).

4. Spend time planning.
I love planning. It helps me get all the ideas flying around my head on paper so I’m not constantly thinking about them. Use the extra time to sit down and plan out your next week or month’s activities. Or work out your next month’s budget. It helps get you organized and reduces stress.

5. Practice your photography.
Head outdoors and snap photos from different angles. Or stay indoors, play with lighting, and see if you can perfect your food photography. Feel free to get inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest if you need ideas.

6. Be creative.
We’ve all got projects sitting around collecting dust. Take advantage of the extra time and finish up that painting, crochet, video, or sewing project.

7. Get active.
Spend time getting in some exercise and enjoying the endorphins that come as a result. Go for a run or a bike ride. Follow a yoga video or body weight workout on YouTube. You’ll feel great and it’ll give you more energy.

8. Coffee date.
Head to your favourite coffee (or tea) place and order your favourite drink. Spend some time alone with a book, or with your favourite person.

9. Check out the arts.
Find out when local plays, musicals, or free concerts are happening and check them out. They’re usually a lot more low key than busy festivals. But if you like festivals, go for it, just keep an eye on your energy.

10. Read a book.
What better way to spend your extra time than catching up on your reading? If its a particularly beautiful day you can even take it outside.

11. Work on blog ideas.
I love looking up different ideas for blogging, doing research, and writing up drafts for possible posts. It gets me excited for blogging and gives me extra writing practice.

12. Take a long bath.
There’s nothing more relaxing for me than soaking in a hot bath. Bubbles or bath bombs are optional but lots of fun. If you’re not a bath person, a nice hot shower also does the trick.

13. Connect with others.
Long weekends are the perfect time to connect with those who are important to you. Whether you get together in person, or share a phone or video call, furthering personal connections is one of the best uses of extra time.

14. Learn a new language.
You can find lots of online resources for learning a new language. There are tons of free apps, websites, and podcasts to get both written and conversational instruction. Go out and educate yourself 🙂

15. Nothing.
Feel like doing nothing? That’s a perfectly valid way to spend your weekend. Just make sure you take care of yourself too.

What do you like to do?

A busy, relaxing weekend

BBQ

This past weekend was both busy and relaxing. Monday was Victoria Day, a federal holiday in Canada. As a result, I enjoyed a lovely long weekend at home with my family. I headed down on Friday night and spent the remainder of the weekend there. Friday night and Saturday were fairly normal, then Sunday happened.

Sunday was a crazy, good busy, kind of day. We had a BBQ planned with lots of family and friends attending. I arrived at the location at 9:30 am to help with set-up and food prep. The food and fun lasted all day and we didn’t finish cleaning up until around 6:30 pm. We pretty much ate and talked the entire time! But the fun didn’t stop there. Directly after the BBQ, I headed to a friend’s house for a few hours of Mario Kart and card games. I think I finally got back around 10:30 pm and pretty much passed out. It was a really enjoyable day and I’m happy I went, but I was pretty done by the end of the night.

Monday was the complete opposite of the previous day. It was the most laid back and relaxed I’ve been in a long time. I slept in, which was awesome, and spent the majority of the day relaxing with my family. Since I wasn’t at home, I didn’t have my to-do list haunting me. Several games of cribbage were had, along with snacks and tea. Totally my kind of day. I also fit a workout in which never fails to lift my mood. I eventually drove back home but even that was fairly relaxing and non-stressful.

My weekend was an interesting mix of busy and quiet. I got to spend quality time with friends and family which made it all worth it. There are still times where I wish I had more energy. I still dream about having enough energy to throw myself into everything with reckless abandon (without burning out). But I’ll never be that person and that’s okay. I know that I have a finite amount of energy each day and I have a fairly good grasp on my physical and mental limits. As a result, I can take that into consideration when planning things. Being introverted is definitely challenging, especially when you want to do all the things, but that’s who I am. And if I can’t accept my own nature, how can I expect others to do the same?

How was your weekend?

Image credit: “BBQ” by Harvey Jiang is licensed under CC by 2.0

My winter bucket list

winter wonderlandThere’s no mistaking that we’re in the midst of winter. I woke up this morning to a new layer of snow blanketing the houses, streets, and cars. Although I love staying in and relaxing when its cold out, I still have things I’d like to do. Here are a few of my plans:

-Finish packing for my upcoming move
-Sip hot chocolate while gazing out the window
-Finish reading the three books I’m currently working on
-Watch the new Star Wars movie
-Start on the sewing project I’ve been putting off for two years
-Write and send letters to my far-away friends
-Walk outside at night and look at the stars
-Make a snow angel and play in the snow
-Bake cookies or brownies and share them with friends
-Go through my stuff and donate the things I don’t use
-Light my candles in the evening – such a cozy feeling!
-Drive up to visit my family

What are some of your plans for winter?

Image credit: “Winter Wonderland” by Agata is licensed under CC by 2.0