The older I get, the more I learn that an important part of living is simply learning how to enjoy life despite the inevitable and unpredictable blows and disappointments that occur.
Life happens. Different people choose to manage these events in different ways. Learning how to snap back from tough times by using these challenges to make you stronger is of the utmost importance.
A little bit about me...
I would strongly consider myself an introvert with extroverted tendencies. I would say I am a solid 65% introverted and 35% extroverted. "Ambivert" is another term for someone with this temperamental combination. It is hard to define the term "ambivert" in a scientific way, but I can certainly share my personal thoughts, behaviors and tendencies in the hope that it will give you a better idea of the term.
Sign #1 - Quality Time
According to Gary Chapman (author of the book The 5 Love Languages) there are five love languages that illustrate how people express and experience love. My primary love language is quality time. I consider it one of the highest compliments if you just want to spent time with me. It is also one of the ways that I love and appreciate others. The need for and love of quality time is both outward and inward focused. In order to truly relax and rejuvenate - I must spend quality time with myself. This is what prompted my retreat to Tilghman Island in the first place, and this is why this trip was so beneficial to my soul.
Sign #2 - Together in Solitude
Another sign of my ambiverted nature is the tendency and desire to be in a lighty populated environment, but on my own, doing my own thing. For instance, one of my all time favorite pastimes is waking up early on a Saturday and going to the movies solo. So many people gasp in shock and awe when I tell them this, but who doesn't love a good ol' matinee!? I love sitting in the middle row, in the middle seat, with my purse comfortably situated in the seat beside me, and my cardigan draped over my shoulders. I enjoy getting situated in my own little world, while the rest of the movie theatre is speckled with about 5 or 6 couples and a few other solo watchers. Together in solitude=bliss.
Sign #3 - Social Coffee Drinking
I refer to coffee in the same way that people refer to alcohol...as a community oriented activity. Rarely will you ever find me alone in a coffee shop sipping an actual coffee (unless I desperately need the energy and cannot find a sugar free or cranberry flavored RedBull within a 1 mile radius). For the record, I am a tea lover. I drink coffee socially. If you do find me alone in a coffee shop (which happens a lot thanks to the cool vibes at Concord Coffee) you will probably see me with my black and red BEATS headphones. Now, there is a 60% chance that those head phones won't be playing any music at all. This is another way to explain my ambiverted tendencies and relates directly to #2 listed above. Together in solitude!
My time on Tilghman...
To tie this all back in, my visit to Tilghman Island was pure bliss. It allowed me to take a step back and put things into perspective. My time was filled with lots of prayer, sun, reading, eating, and picture taking. Existing among the townspeople and being regarded as a stranger was refreshing.
Yes - it was a successful retreat, and I want to share some of my favorite photographs with you!
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't thank my friends (you know who you are) for sponsoring part of this last minute trip! I am eternally thankful for you and your presence in my life!
Have you ever been on a self-initiated retreat, just to get away and relax, and refocus? Where was that place for you? Leave a comment and subscribe to the blog.
Stasia | Rose