Do Your Friends and Family Think It’s Weird to Be an Introvert? Getting Past the Stereotype and Doing Work You Love

By |2015-10-26T08:21:24-05:00February 27th, 2015|Categories: Guest Posts, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Parenting, Personal Evolution, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , |

I've had to stick up for my temperament and my writing many times. It never seems to get easier. I still feel I'm saying the words 'awkward' or 'weird' when I say I'm an introvert. I still hesitate to say I'm a writer when asked what I do as a career. Both words seem to need justification, validation [...]

Is It Selfish to Choose Passion and Work Over Family?

By |2015-09-22T16:06:57-05:00July 26th, 2013|Categories: Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Parenting, Personal Evolution, Popular Posts, Processing Divorce, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |

   Will I always feel a pang of guilt about loving time alone to work and write? Is it possible the best gift I can offer the world lies outside my role as a mother?  Baby-sitters allowed me to preserve my sanity, to the extent that I have it. I always had at least three hours [...]

A Divorced Introvert: Evolving Not Dissolving Post-Breakup

By |2015-10-24T15:32:02-05:00March 29th, 2013|Categories: Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Parenting, Personal Evolution, Processing Divorce, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I didn't fall apart during or after the divorce like everyone expected. I was worried as hell about how it would affect our children, scared to death about taking care of everything myself (how would I find the energy?) but ultimately not afraid to be alone.  I knew I was on my way.  I was doing [...]

Is It Selfish to Choose Passion and Work Over Family?

By |2015-09-22T16:07:20-05:00August 19th, 2011|Categories: Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Parenting, Popular Posts|Tags: , , , , , , |

   …we did spend a good part of our income on household help.  I don’t regret that at all.  Baby-sitters allowed me to preserve my sanity, to the extent that I have it.  I always had at least three hours in the morning to write.  I couldn’t have given up writing.  I think I could have [...]

There’s Nothing Wrong with You. You’re an Introvert.

By |2015-10-26T12:31:15-05:00August 12th, 2011|Categories: Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Personal Evolution, Popular Posts, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  It is 2006 and I have everything.  My husband is making professional athlete money as an executive at a hedge fund.  We have three healthy, beautiful, active, children.  We recently moved into a spacious and impressive home.  I am getting to know people by throwing dinner parties for my husband’s co-workers and attending neighborhood Bunco [...]

Touring Without Guilt: Balancing Your Passions With Raising a Family

By |2015-09-22T16:07:50-05:00March 18th, 2011|Categories: Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Parenting, Spacious Artists|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Years ago I watched a Larry King interview with country music legend, Garth Brooks. Garth spoke openly about the reasons for his retirement in 2001. His first marriage was ending. He’d been on the road for months at a time and hadn’t been a good partner. He felt guilty for not being home with [...]

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