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your depth of understanding, and talent at sharing it amaze me. Speechless… and for your sharing of it.. Thank you… deeply. *sigh, its like coming back into my body through acceptance….. Sherrie on space2live
THANK YOU….. you just summed up my swirling thoughts into something i can read with out everything else in my head meshing with it. I finally feel like i can explain what happens within without getting distracted. I’m an Introvert with ADD and it makes it so hard to explain quite what im feeling sometimes. — M.G. on space2live
This is me. This is me from the day I was born. For so long I felt misunderstood and rejected, even by the people closest to me, because they could never understand my need for solitude, and I had no idea how to explain it to them. Even now that I know more about Introversion and have a more informed understanding of my hard-wired need for solitude, it’s still very difficult sometimes to help my loved ones understand this profound craving for time and space all to myself. This is one of the best…
That courage and dedication you so generously share with the world, has inspired me to push myself a little harder, persevere at each task a little longer, dig a little bit deeper to where the answers just “feel” right to both my humanity AND my spirit. Your insights have reinforced my direction and given me additional tools that help me clear my path. I’m wired into my creativity as never before and the new music is pouring out of me faster than I can record and produce it; this is the Un…
You’re so honest in your writing. It’s bold. It’s frank. It’s wonderful. I could definitely see the work you are doing here as a useful book. It could save/make a lot of relationships! — Jimmi Langemo
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I think I want to print out your articles and hand them out as a sort of relationship waiver form. “You want to be my friend?….You are interesting in going out? Here read this first. Sign here to acknowledge that you have read and understand the enclosed material. Thank you.” Seriously. I think it would work. — Guerin Moorman
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I have been dating an introverted man who I am very in love with for almost 2 years.  Reading your posts have helped me to be more supportive and understanding to him especially during the times when he needs space.  I just wanted to thank you for your weekly posts and let you know how helpful they are for someone who is in a relationship with an introvert. C.M. on space2live
BRENDA: thank you SO much! Your advice is exactly what I need to do. I am amazed how much you “get” me after only exchanging a few messages!… Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve helped me more than a year of therapy sessions! – Megan on space2live
Your words are my lifeline.  I sit down to your posts and as I read I can feel my acceptance of myself and my needs grow.  Your words validate my feelings about my life, motherhood, relationships and it is something I hold onto.  And during the times when I feel like I am not able to be a mother or a wife or a sister or a friend or whatever someone needs me to be, I go back to your words and find some peace…I send your posts to my husband when I need him to understand that I love him but I need …

“I was struggling with my daughter (16 at the time) and our constant fighting. You said something to me that changed my life! You were speaking about your own situation and you said to me “my child could not handle my emotions”. This was a HUGE “lightbulb moment” for me and it forever changed the way I dealt with my emotions when I was around my daughter!

I am happy to say that things have never been better between my soon to be 18 year old daughter and myself! I honestly never thought we would…

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How do you beat overwhelm and get to calm and focused? New free ebook by Andy Mort

Hello Gentle Readers,

How do you keep focused on what’s most important to you when you’re stressed and overwhelmed by the noise, chaos, and busyness of life?

I don’t know about you, but it’s always been a challenge for me…and it’s not getting any easier.

We face increasing distractions in our lives; things that constantly seek to pull us away from what’s important to us. If we’re not intentional about it, and if we aren’t aware of what matters to us in the first place we find ourselves watching the days whizz overworked and overwhelmed.

I have been speaking to my friend, Andy Mort about this issue. As someone who leads an online community for introverted and highly sensitive creative people he said it is a struggle that comes up for many of his readers. He asked me if I had any advice on how to help people keep focused on their own priorities without getting distracted and overwhelmed.


Andy invited me to share my thoughts for a free e-book he has put together. His vision was to bring a wider range of voices and perspectives than his own. He has brought friends from different fields and walks of life to help give a broader sense of what’s possible. So I was happy to be able to add my thoughts to this important conversation, with the hope that it might inspire and encourage people as they grapple with the reality of overwhelm and busyness in their own day to day lives.

Andy asked me to respond to three questions:

1. How do you remain focused on what’s most important to you during those moments when you feel stressed and overwhelmed by the noise, chaos, and busyness of life?

2. Where is your own ‘happy place’ (favorite place to withdraw) to re-energize and spend time re-charging before facing the world again?

3. What one thing might you suggest to someone who gets easily distracted and overwhelmed and feels like they are in a constant battle moving one step forwards and two steps back when it comes to pursuing the stuff that truly matters to them?

It was an interesting exercise for me personally because it got me thinking about this topic and how I keep on track with what matters to me. There are more than 20 other voices that Andy asked to contribute responses to the e-book and it’s been really fascinating to see the variety of approaches people take.

What you will see is that there really isn’t one size fits all, but I can guarantee that if this is something you struggle with yourself there will be some huge pearls of wisdom in the book that will help you regain the focus and clarity you seek.

You may not consider it a particular struggle for you personally. I would still heartily recommend you get hold of the book just so you can soak in the broad range of perspectives from fellow ‘Gentle Rebels’. It’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone interacts with the world in the same way as you and there is always more to learn.

You can get the book for free right now here

May you enjoy and gather insight from this gem of a book.


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P.S. Andy released a series of 3 audio lessons on the topic of identifying your core personal values. If you download the book you will get free access to the series as well. Here’s the link again.

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