I’m a friendly introvert. A Myers-Briggs INTJ. I get energized from alone time, and my batteries wear down after parties and get-togethers. Being an introvert doesn’t mean I don’t like people, I love quite a few of them! Here’s a good description of a Myers-Briggs Introvert:
I like getting my energy from dealing with the ideas, pictures, memories, and reactions that are inside my head, in my inner world. I often prefer doing things alone or with one or two people I feel comfortable with. . . Ideas are almost solid things for me. Sometimes I like the idea of something better than the real thing. . . I feel comfortable being alone and like things I can do on my own.
And here are a few of the things I enjoy doing alone, or with only Sandy at my side. He’s quiet, and often absorbed in his own thoughts too, so sitting next to him can count as being “alone”, but in the good ways.
Reading on Kindle. I never thought I’d become a cell phone reader – the teeny-tiny screen and all the swiping. But now I’m hooked and it’s so great to have a built-in reading light. I’m currently reading a couple of style books, and a thriller, “A Tap on The Window,” by Linwood Barclay. I love a mystery with twists and surprises.
Watching Netflix and Amazon series. My current favorites are Mozart in the Jungle – highly recommended for music lovers, NYC lovers, and everyone else – and Babylon Berlin, a dark thriller set in 1929. I can’t watch anything with commercials, so spoiled now, except for a good baseball game.
Singing and related musical activities. I try to sing out every day, as well as exercise my voice and watch vocal training videos. Yesterday I sang out too much – inspired by Rita Moreno to try “America” – and today I’m on vocal rest. Relief, say my neighbors. I find music energizing and emotional. Watch Ms. Moreno set it on fire in this clip:
True confessions: online shopping and Pinning. Gah, I am trying to cut down on the browsing and pinning, as I think it teases out my acquisitional side. It’s OK to just look and appreciate, right? right?
What do you like to do in your alone time?
Stay fabulous, be yourself in your moments alone, and enjoy every sandwich, xo
Some pretty pieces to browse through: