Baby Steps

Here I am, starting a blog, and I am already behind on posts.

 After last week’s short workweek due to the Polar Vortex, going back to work felt like I came right off a long vacation. So, I didn’t get the inspiration I was hoping to put together my Friday blog. But I’m glad, because now I have the opportunity to share my weekend ‘successes.’

 My husband and me were out last Friday evening having dinner and drinks and catching up with each other from the week, and he started asking me about my weekend plans. His had already been determined. He moonlights at a hospital a few weekends a month, and this is his weekend.  So I started listing off my weekend plans:

  1. I need to write my second blog post.
  2. I have an article I’m writing for a local magazine that I need to start.
  3. I planned to watch the NFL playoff games. Not only am I a huge football fan, but my team was playing so it was a must do.
  4. I also made plans with a girlfriend Sunday to do some shopping and lunch.
  5. And finally, the most important plan for the entire weekend, watching the Golden Globes!

I realized I actually had a busy weekend planned. So much so that I started thinking about pulling back from a few things. Mainly because I started thinking about how little ‘me time’ I was going to get this weekend. A must-do for all weekends!

 So when I started to tell my husband that I thought I might just stay in to watch football, which would have also coincided with seeing college friends to watch NCAA basketball, he reminded me about my resolution.

 I guess technically it is a New Year’s resolution, but more of a realization that because I am an introvert, I’ve let relationships dwindle. So my resolution this year has been to do a better job of maintaining and further developing personal relationships.  I thought I had already done a really good job by making plans Friday to meet up with my girlfriend Sunday to have lunch and shop. So by my standards, I was free to stay in the rest of the weekend.

 He felt differently. So, two nights out? Ugh! It’s not that I don’t want to see college friends. I really enjoy them all, but to spend both nights out over the weekend, introvert’s nightmare!

 The more I thought about it, though, it reminded me of an excerpt from the book I’m reading, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It’s not that introverts don’t want to interact and socialize; it’s just that we don’t have the desire to do so over the course of several hours.

 So with that passage in my mind, I reminded myself that I did make a resolution to do a better job of maintaining relationships this year.  So I went.

 And what do you know; I had a great time catching up with everyone, hearing ‘Chiberia’ stories from the week and the return to work. I enjoyed the game; I even had the last few minutes to myself. That’s only because everyone else gave on the game. It was really awful, but I had to stay to the end. And I still had time on Sunday to watch the Golden Globes and enjoy some good old fashion ‘me-time’ to fulfill my ideal introverted weekend.

So look at me; already making progress on this year’s resolution, at least baby steps toward it! 

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