“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” ~Audrey Hepburn
Understanding An Introvert: 5b Things we wish you knew
Being an introvert is not an easy task. Sometimes the people around us suffer because they don’t know how to deal with introverts.
Here are some tips and tricks to being a great friend or family member to an introvert.
1. Acceptance – I’m not going to leave my house if I don’t want to. When you call me up and ask me to go and I say “no” then you won’t get me to leave. Don’t beg and plead and argue with me. I don’t want to go so I’m not going to. Please understand this instead of going out of your way to belittle me since I don’t want to leave the house yet again. I need you to accept this is who I am.
2. Don’t forget me – Just because I say “no” I’m not going doesn’t mean I want you to forget about me the next time you plan an outing or event. I know I missed a lot of stuff but I don’t want to be excluded completely.
3. My house is best – Want to hang out? Come on over. Make sure to call me first though. More than likely I am not going to meet you at a bar but I am almost always willing to have you over for a few drinks and a bon fire in the back yard. Just don’t bring anyone else without me knowing.
4. Silence is okay – Know that my silence is not a bad thing. I am not insulting you. I like you. I am just used to being quiet. I like quiet. It’s part of being an introvert.
5. Outings are hard – I am tired every time after I go to a public function. When I pick my kids up from school and have to talk to more than one person I am tired. It takes a great deal of energy to make myself do certain things, and being in public is one of them.
Looking for some organization out in the garage? Too many nails, screws, and hammers just laying around without a home? Pinterest is full of great ideas for organizing. Try these simple tricks to help remove the clutter from your life.
Tools – Store and organize your tools on the wall using this handy method. Each tool has it’s own spot. Simple to put together using pegboard. Those tools will never be lost again.
Workbench – Using a fold away work area frees up so much room when not in use. This will also force whoever is working out there to put all tools away before lowering the work bench.
Hoses and Cords – Is your garden hose rolled up and thrown into the corner of your garage? How about that long orange electrical cord? Try this to fix the problem. A simple coat hook and plastic chain is all you need.
Drill Bits and Small Tools – Place a small magnetic strip on a piece of wood and put your smaller tools and/or drill bits on it for safe keeping. These are always getting lost in big tool boxes. Now they are within easy reach and we don’t have to go searching for them.
Recycling – Look out trash because you are about to be organized. Recycling can be a big sticky mess when stored in a garage. Using some stack-able shelves along with a couple labels and your recycling just got a lot more organized. Easy to clean too.
A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament. ~Jeremy Taylor
I tend to gravitate towards ready my horoscope on a daily basis when I am struggling with something in life.
On average I read my horoscope once a week. However, each year I read my yearly horoscope and my Chinese horoscope. I’ve been caught looking at compatibility between signs when dating someone or before I got married. But how much faith do we really put in what we read?
When I read that tragedy would strike my life in 2014 and then my husband died January I thought twice about horoscopes. I wanted to bad to believe in something, anything at that point in my life. I read every horoscope at that time. EVERYTHING! I dove into trusting that my horoscope was truly telling me something every time I read it. Was I right?
I’m no longer a believer. I do still read my horoscope. I do still look at my card readings. However, I know that they are only there to give me good information about being a more positive person and keeping my head on straight. That even though the horoscope doesn’t apply to me on that day or that week I know that the information I received from reading it will help me another time. Is that the horoscope gods telling me something? Maybe. Probably not.
I tried believing. But when I got more untruths than truths I turned in the towel and had to be reasonable. What are your thoughts on horoscopes? Do you really believe?
Spring Cleaning: Organizing your kitchen with Pinterest
It is finally spring again. Let’s air out the house by opening all the windows and saying goodbye to the long cold winter.
I love to take the first few days of warmth to clean out my house, which is something I find hard to do when it is cold outside. Like being reborn each spring I tend to clean out all the clutter that my life accumulated over the colder months.
My kitchen is the first place I start. Taking things out of the cabinets and reorganizing is a big must. But how do I put it back and make it look neat and functional and something that I will actually use is key. That’s when I turn to Pinterest.
Here are some of my favorite Pinterest kitchen organizing ideas.
1. The aluminum foil and plastic wrap debate. Where do they go? In a drawer someplace but which one? I don’t have a drawer that fits those items in a safe secure snug manner without foil falling out and rolling across the kitchen floor. Here is a great idea pinned from listotic.com. Why didn’t I think of this?
2. I cleaned out my pots and pans but have no clue what to do with the lids? Try this from dumpaday.com. This is a life hack win!
3. I have been doing the same thing for years. You can find these holders on Amazon.com or at your local Walmart. Go buy some, you will thank yourself!
4. You will always have a place for your cutting boards using this trick. I love putting things on doors. bystephanielynn.com
5. All of the cupcake liners from the holidays now have a home. Use an old mason jar to store them in. Brit.co has the right idea here.
6. Have deep cabinets? I use this technique for the shelves up high so I can reach everything that is in them. Want to go that extra mile? Label your plastic tubs. Pin from Listotic
7. Don’t forget about the fridge! Take them drawers out and clean up the leftover Pepsi that spilled all down the back wall. While you are at it grab a lazy Susan and place it in the fridge. This will add more space and the ability to find things easier. Buzzfeed.com
Want to see a Pinterest pin in action? Not sure if that “pin” actually works? Message me your pins and we will find out together.
Please also watch my DIY Pinterest videos on YouTube.
I dress appropriately for my age. I love my kids and would never strap them to the bottom of a cart. I would never have poop stains let alone leave the house with them. I have self decency.
It seemed that the people who went to Wal-Mart did NOT!
I was wrong. I will be the first to admit it. I went to Wal-Mart last year. I learned so much about people and myself during this time.
1. Not everyone who goes to Wal-Mart is homeless – The people who shop at Wal-Mart are not homeless nor do they lack common sense. Some dress like they have no place to live but those people are the ones who don’t care what others think about them. I want to be more like that. I want to be able to walk out of the house in the middle of the night in my pjs to get meds for my kid without feeling judged too. (however, I will never leave the house without makeup) That must feel liberating! I am too judgmental of myself.
2. You look better than 99.99999999% of everyone there – Let’s face it. Wal-Mart is known for it’s crazy looking people. Need an esteem boost? How about a little pick me up? Go to Wal-Mart! I don’t even have to walk all the way inside sometimes. Just walking up to the door is enough for me.
3. You DO NOT have to wear spandex to shop at Wal-Mart – From photos on the web I was for certain that you had to wear spandex to shop at Wal-Mart. Preferably nude, two sizes too small spandex. I have since learned that you do not.
4. Their prices are great – We all know that some stuff at stores is priced higher. I’m not saying that Wal-Mart doesn’t do that too. However, I am saying that when I shop at a regular store versus Wal-Mart I do end up spending less. (What’s a “regular” store? Anything that is not Wal-Mart I consider a regular store.)
5. It’s an everything store – Groceries and clothes and electronics and paint and car repair and pet store and automotive store and why wouldn’t you shop here store? I was naive. I can now go to Wal-Mart and have my tires rotated, get a new car key made, while waiting on my living room paint to be mixed, grab the kid’s soccer shorts he needs for school, the daughter’s jewelry was fixed and is ready to be picked up at the jewelry counter, and I can get dinner for tonight even hot food all at one place. That’s a win, win, win!
I do not see people taking photos ever. I was always worried I’d be in the background of a Wal-Mart person’s photo shoot.
I have never witnessed someone posing in the dairy section for their senior photos.
I haven’t seen people having sex on the futons either. (bummer?) I do see strange people but that’s part of the fun.
I had totally the wrong idea of what this store was. Wal-Mart is just a regular store with a little something extra…everything!
I’m waiting for a nail salon and photo studio to come to our local store. Then my life will be complete.