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Introvert Life | Love you, but…

Today’s words are inspired by…motherhood.

If you don’t already know, I am a work-from-home mama to a precocious toddler dude. He can be ridiculously funny and astonishingly smart, which makes me love my time with him. However, being with him for most of my waking hours can be a challenge.

My husband is great about getting him out of my hair when I need to buckle down and get stuff done. But if they just hang around the house, it feels like…

Well, let me put it in work-outside-the-home terms:

It’s like, being on a really long break…in the break room. You can do what you want, but ya can’t totally escape the environment of your workplace. For example, my kid pulling on me, whining about something, or trying to climb in my lap and pound at my computer.

So as much as I adore him, it’s necessary for my allover health to have periods of solitude away from him. It enables me to do the creative work that I love, and I appreciate our days together even more.

Holla at me if you can relate, Mama!  

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Introvert Life | I Enjoy Long Walks On The Beach

Some people get their best ideas when they’re collaborating with other people. Bouncin’ ideas off of each other.

On occasion that works for me. There are some times when you just need someone else’s input to guide you along or get you thinking in a more innovative way.

But I think I do a lot of my best thinking, and get my best ideas when I just take a walk by myself.

And I couldn’t resist using the long walks on the beach clichè.

It’s actually rarely on the beach, since I live in Wisconsin and we don’t have many beaches suitable for long walks. But a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood does me quite well.

Sometimes there is nothing more refreshing than getting a little space for yourself.

Share if you can relate! 

 

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Coffee Keeps Me Going Until It’s Time For Bed At Grandma O’Clock

I love a good adult beverage. But I’ve never actually been one for parties and clubbing and going to bars.

Too much noise, too crowded. I like a place where you can actually have a conversation with the people you’ve gone out with.

Yes, I realize, at the tender age of 31, I sound like an old person.

And something also happens when you become a parent. Uninterrupted sleep becomes something of a luxury. Even as a newborn, my son was not much of a sleeper. If he was not being held, or if he was not attached to my boob, chances are he was crying.

Things are much, much better now. Aside from his typical disinterest in napping, he sleeps through the night like a champ. But from this experience, I have learned to not take my sleep for granted. Getting a good nights rest is awesome. FOR EVERYONE. 

So do I miss the carefree weekends of my childless twenties, where I might go out to a local dive bar with a couple of friends? Yeah, sometimes I do.

BUT tucking myself in at 9:30pm in anticipation for a solid 8-hour rest reaps more benefits for me at this point in my life.

You feelin’ me?

If you can soooo relate, this design is available for you on mugs, t-shirts, posters, throw pillows and more!

Shop all the different color combos and styles! 

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Introvert Life | Comfortable Silences FOR THE WIN!

Once upon a time, when I worked in retail, I worked with a woman who was the foil extrovert to my introvertedness.

On a weekly basis she commented about how quiet I was.

I honestly tried to avoid her as much as I could. But sometimes there are just some circumstances that you can’t prevent.

Like lunch breaks.

It usually wasn’t a problem being in the break room with someone else on their lunch break. Most times, we’d sit quietly eating our food and plunk around on our phones. Typical millenial stuff.

But when my extrovert rival entered the break room, the possibility for a much needed quiet break to recharge…was over.

She would not STOP TALKING AT ME. Since this was a conversation that we were not sharing  in, I even stopped responding with polite “yep”s and “uh huh”s.

Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore. I grabbed my half-eaten lunch and made an excuse about leaving something in my car.

It was also the middle of winter. So I finished the remaining 12 minutes of my lunch break in my cold car.

Because, ’tis better to have some quiet than none at all.

So cheers to all my former work buds that got it. Just because 2 or more people are together in a room, that doesn’t mean we need to engage in conversation during our fleeting time away from the masses.

Share if you can relate!

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I Don’t Want To Go On An Adventure

For those of us that would just rather stay in…

For those of us that cringe at the idea of camping…

For those of us that give the thumbs down to traveling abroad…

For those of us whose idea of an adventure includes a good book and a cup of tea…

I give you, I Don’t Want To Go On An Adventure

In all honesty, I am one for an adventure. So long as it’s not suddenly sprung on me, doesn’t involve interacting with lots of strangers, long periods of waiting, heights, sleeping outdoors, creepy crawly bugs, very hot weather, or very cold weather.

This design was actually inspired by my 2.5 year old son. He is a little introvert with a very good vocabulary. A few weeks back, I was trying to do some work, encouraging Daddy to get Ivan outta my hair.  

Daddy says to Ivan, “Hey Dude, let’s go on an adventure!”

Ivan says to Daddy, “I not want to go on an adventure. I want to stay hOohme.” (he pronounces “home” as though it has two syllables.)

 

So this little exchange inspired my current design. There are so many trending designs out there about the mountains calling….well what if I don’t want to answer? What about the people that are like…how about not?  So I decided to go with a parody on vintage camp shirts.

 

Mountains are great and all, but it takes a lot of planning to do mountain-y stuff. And it might be cold. And what if you get lost and have to talk to someone to get directions. I won’t judge you if you just want to stay home and play legos.  

Check out the whole collection, available in 4 different color combos in my shop!