February Theme: The Upside Of Being An Introvert

I’ll never forget one of the first times I really recognized I was an introvert. It was only a few years ago. My daughter was just under a year old and I was feeling terrible. I thought that I could handle juggling working from home while I watched my daughter, but I was struggling. Except, not in the way you might expect. It was in a shameful way, I felt like I didn’t enjoy parenting as much as my friends. I had a sense I was introverted, but it wasn’t until I had my daughter and my entire life became so stimulating, busy and demanding that I truly connected the dots. Once I realized that my introversion was causing me to feel overstimulated and depleted, I was able to prioritize quiet time more and enjoy being a mom. I would sneak in five to ten minutes to go and sit in my bedroom to recalibrate. And eventually, I got childcare so that I could be a more nourished and happy parent.

We’ve been calling attention to introversion here because Samantha and I are both introverts. However, I want to be clear that being extroverted and introverted isn’t binary. It’s a spectrum. Everyone has their own unique mixture that is true to their personality. I’m actually quite extroverted in a lot of situations. I’m not particularly shy, but I do prefer solitary work and smaller groups. If I have a lot of busy, outgoing days, I need to retreat for a while to gather the energy to do it again.

It’s a beautiful thing when you learn what fuels you and then make it a priority without guilt and shame. It’s empowering.

This month, we will explore things like: building a network as an introvert, why eating alone is so rad, why you should join an e-book club and so much more!

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Author: Taylor Sterling

Taylor Sterling is the founder and creative director of Glitter Guide. When she's not working on all things GG, she can be found reading and sometimes art directing photoshoots for @LolaJayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and eating french fries (not necessarily at the same time, although that's definitely the best combination). Follow her at @TaylorSterling