Is it really almost Friday? September so far has been crazy busy… anyone elses’? It’s always around this time of year… I start wondering if I am actually an introvert… because there are so many beginnings and meetings and new happinins’ …. so maybe that’s not a word…. but I start feeling like… this….
So this piece of info will probably shock those of you who personally know me, but although on every Meyers Briggs test I have ever taken I am in the 90th percentile extrovert range… I actually can start to feel crazy exhausted and overwhelmed by big groups of people, meeting lots of new people, and a lot of new things starting at one time- even if everything is positive and goes well, if I have too many of these events or meetings (like happens every September)… I begin to wish I had told everyone I know that I am actually an introvert so I could have an excuse to hide away for a while… but then this summer I read this book… which brings me to my first Friday Fave!
(My Four Friday Faves always include: Something from the past week I LOVE, LIKE, am LINGERING over and made me LAUGH! I would love to hear a highlight from your week, in the comments below!)
LINGER: This summer I read this book called *The Highly Sensitive Person. I seriously need to write a whole blog post on this book because it basically changed my life… but here’s the Cliffs Notes version. Some people are born with a higher sensitivity… and I am not just referring to “feelings”- people who are HSP (highly sensitive people) have more heightened awareness to any kind of stimuli. That could be light, noise, clutter and especially to the feelings of other people. A HSP can sense and feel others emotions so strongly that they can easily “feel” like they are having the same experience emotionally as someone else. Because of this a HSP feels more easily worn out because they have a lower threshold for stimuli…i.e. a cluttered room, harsh lighting, meeting lots of new people. Most HSP are introverts but there is a small segment of the population that are extroverted HSP and the book explains the unique struggle of Extroverted HSP – as an extrovert they are drawn to and energized to a degree by people. But because as an HSP they can easily absorb the feelings/moods of other people it can also be exhausting very quickly. This fact was a game changer for me in how I understood myself and how I feel in months like September where there is lots of new people to meet, activities, and meetings. A part of me is very energized and excited by all the new people/activities but because there is so much of it I can start to feel numb and like I am shutting down and just want to withdraw from everything and cancel everything… this probably will only make sense to you if you are an HSP and especially an extroverted HSP… anyways… I am a major personality nerd and I absolutely love all the tests and all the books that help you understand yourself and others! I highly recommend this book. Basically, instead of being frustrated with myself when I start to feel this way usually in September and January when all the things are starting, I gave myself lots of grace this week to feel how I felt, to sit down and drink coffee and eat a brownie in the middle of the day and watch a show which is something I never do. I cuddled with my boys in bed this morning and listened to the rain, and before they woke up I just laid there and enjoyed the silence and the chance to share my heart with Jesus and also just to be still, without feeling my normal guilt of “the kids are asleep so I need to be crazy productive”
LIKE: this really powerful blog post, Hope with Expectation is about persevering in disappointment and finding hope in Jesus, its a must read! It also happens to be written my friend, Anika who just started on her blogging journey! Be sure to check out this talented writer’s blog!
LOVE: all the rain and cool temps this week… and by cool I mean the 80’s… but this is Texas so we’ll take what we can get. Look at these cutie boys in their rain gear. I have always had a hard time finding rain boots in toddler boy sizes for a reasonable price. Last year I found these *Lone Cone rain boots on Amazon #ofcourse #amazonprimemom and I have been very impressed by the quality, cuteness factor and price.
LAUGH: For some reason I was having a hard time thinking of something that really made me laugh this week… and then I remembered one night after the kids were down, I got the hiccups and it launched René (my husband) and I into this discussion about how you get rid of hiccups and basically we were cracking up at my attempt to suck in air as the hiccup began… does this make sense???? basically my theory is that if I can begin the process of holding my breath right when a hiccup begins than you will stop the hiccups completely… which apparently makes you look utterly ridiculous…😂
I have also have tried drinking water upside down… which works… but always ends up with water everywhere…I guess there really is no easy or classy way to get rid of hiccups… or maybe there is????… what’s your hiccup ending secret????
Hope y’all have a great weekend! Let’s all be praying for those affected by Hurricane Florence. Seeing the devastation Hurricane Harvey brought to Texas, has really put those on the East Coast heavy on my heart. Would you take a moment to stop and pray for God’s protection and provision for every person affected by Hurricane Florence?
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