Monday, 1 October 2012

Day 1: 31 Days to Real-Life Relationships


I am an introvert.  I must have time to myself in order to unwind and recharge.  But I also require balance.  Too much time on my own makes me just a little depressed.  It is too easy for me to forget to spend time with others, especially since having children.  I spend my days refereeing and cleaning and chauffeuring and grocery shopping and potty training, but rarely remember to make time to connect with the people who matter to me.  My downtime is partially spent developing online relationships, which are lovely, but I've been feeling the need to connect fact-to-face with my family, my friends, and even acquaintances   

So for the month of October, I'm joining The Nester and hundreds of other bloggers in writing about the same topic for 31 days straight.  My topic is:


Each day I will post something to do with friendship, family, and relationships.  I will go out of my way to get out of my selfish hermit-bubble and really connect with people.  The posts will include tips and ideas for fostering relationships, as well as my challenges to myself to get out of my shell and focus on others for a change.  I'm a little scared of some of the challenges!

The relationships I'll be working on this month include: God, my husband Kevin, my two kids, other family members, my friends (those I see all the time as well as those I hardly ever see), acquaintances, and maybe even a stranger or two if I can find an appropriate event to challenge myself at.

I'd love to hear from you!  What are some relationships you've been wanting to work on?


7 comments:

  1. I know how you feel, Jo. Now that I've moved away from family and friends plus given up work, I find that some of the only people I "talk" to are online friends like you. I've opened a Skype account so that I can at least see family when I'm talking to them.

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    1. We're seriously considering moving far away from family and friends. Was it very hard? Kevin and I are both introverts, so I know we'll have to make special effort to get out of our shells if/when we move.

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  2. I took a HUGE leap outside my comfort zone and joined a writer's group. I normally write alone, but the group atmosphere was scary and neat. I'm enjoying it! As a fellow introvert, I have to say--31 days of real life socialization might kill me. ;)

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    1. Me to, Patty! So a lot of my posts will be focussed on relationships with my husband and kids ;-)

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  3. Love this series topic, Joanna. I applaud your intentional efforts to foster real, genuine relationships and to strengthen your family bonds. Looking forward to reading each post!

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  4. I see a tea date in our future :)

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  5. I'm so excited to read about your journey over the next 31 days! Thank you for having the courage to share your experience :)

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