I envy your winter list. Although I am definitely not an introvert, I crave and value alone time that remains elusive to me.

Being an extrovert with strong introvert needs is a challenging balance act that is typically out of balance.

Although my work is with figures and computers, my clients (I work in their offices) are busy people-oriented businesses, and I interact with their employees and clients all day. My days are long and exhausting.

Energy depleted, I return home in the late evening to a retired, extroverted husband who is starving for attention. I want to chill and read while he is eager for conversation or an outing for food or entertainment.

When I read, he is next to me reading the newspaper, commenting on every article, some of which trigger memories that he must share at that moment.

I understand his feelings of isolation (He doesn’t drive due to medication he must take.) so I give up my quiet and solitude to give him the attention he needs. Sometimes, I am able to carve out a few moments alone for writing but more often even that is done with his chatty company. Love is a great motivator ❤️

I work often on the weekends — yes, because I have a heavy workload but also because that is the only time I can work not surrounded by chattering people and ringing phones.

Oh, how I envy your list!!

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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