Do you ever find it difficult to sit still and just "be" without having to do something "productive" with your time? Does idle time without having a "schedule" or having something planned make you anxious? When you have "down time", are you able to just relax, or do you need to be busy and doing something?
This week, Imagine Hope is discussing what it means to be an introvert.
Some people assume that being an introvert means that you are shy. That is not necessarily true! Introverts can be very outgoing and sociable people. In fact, many times, introverts love people-- learning about others, doing things for others, and can be very loyal, caring and loving individuals. As Christy mentioned on Monday in this weeks earlier blog series, the difference with introverts is that, usually, they need to "re-fuel" their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical "tank" by doing things that are more solitary and self-reflecting.
Regardless of the reason for the split or who initiated the divorce, both partners need to take care of themselves through the process- especially if there are kids involved. The better you handle your stress through a divorce and stay relatively balanced will more likely help your child as their world changes.
This week we have been writing about some general things we often hear husbands feel challenged with in their marriages. Many times, women will feel this sense of unhappiness from their husband, and get the general feeling that he is no longer attracted to her. Of course these are all general and don't happen in every marriage. But we do hear a lot of the same struggles from men. We thought it might be helpful to share them with women.
This week we are talking about how we can work on setting goals for the new year in a SMART way. Today I will be discussing how we can be more effective in setting goals that are ATTAINABLE/ACHIEVABLE. Goals are meant to help motivate us to meet a standard for self-improvement or for improved performance. In thinking about ways we can make our goals more attainable, I have identified of a number of questions we can ask ourselves in the process of setting SMART goals, and in particular, focusing on making them more attainable.
One thing I absolutely enjoy in life is learning. I love reading and absorbing all the information I can from various authors. If you find yourself in a leadership role (if you have a job, a relationship or are a parent, then you're in a leadership role!) then I HIGHLY recommend this book.
The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
It's the end of my work week and it's been a challenging one to say the least. It can be easy to feel empty when we have been taking care of kids, our relationships, our marriages, and our careers all week. This blog was a great reminder to me of why self care is so important. Tammy had such great ideas. Here are things I intentionally do to take care of myself.