I’m a Party Pooper: Confessions of an Introvert {04.05.11}

If a chic boutique full of cute, sassy gals immediately looks like a blast to you,
you’ve just discovered something we don’t have in common.
To me, this looks a little bit…awful. But I went anyway.
The truth? I’m an introvert.
{an INFP for those of you myers-briggs fans}
Yes, I spill my guts out on this blog.
Yes, I spill my guts out on the radio.
Yes, I spill my guts out while standing behind podiums.
But for me, all of those are a breeze 
compared to socializing with a room full of (almost) strangers.
That doesn’t mean I’m a total wall flower at a party.
I’m fully capable of being energetic and social…even fun sometimes!
But I have to psych myself up for an event like this
because hours spent in a loud, high-energy room full of people is draining.
I once read that extroverts get energized by being in social situations. 
Meanwhile, introverts spend energy in order to be social; we have to be alone to recharge.
Extroverts think while they’re speaking; introverts are better off thinking before speaking.
I realize now this is why I often blurt out stuff my brain hasn’t processed…
which can lead to feeling like a giant dork, which further drains my energy.
Cocktails help. So does having a good pal by my side.
All these pics are from the BlogLove Spark & Style party 
hosted by ChrisAnn and Kristin of LoveFeastTable on Saturday night.
It was a great event, bringing together tons of bloggers
for an evening of networking, shopping
and thump-thump-thumping tunes spun by DJ Kane.
I’d heard about past BlogLove events and wanted to go.
So, as soon as tickets were available, I snapped one up.
And then, as the day got closer, I started to panic a little,
not sure I could build up the energy to withstand hours of small talk and high heels.
So, I did what any super-smart introvert does: 
I practically forced my friend Colleen to get a ticket, too
{that’s her looking at iPad photos with a new blogging pal, Noemi}.
Colleen’s actually pretty introverted, too.
But she’s also hysterical. 
I swear we laughed the entire way to the event, 
and laughing with someone I’m totally comfortable with 
is like being struck by a lightning bolt of positive energy.
So I headed into the Houndstooth Boutique a very happy camper.
I did lots of chit-chatting and got to know other bloggers.
We all received sweet swag bags with goodies
{you can see me sporting my new Gussy Sews headband here}.
And, after leaving the party feeling a little fried,
Colleen and I laughed till we cried trying to find our way home.
It was a great evening out, even for an introvert.

Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
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