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December 27th | older posts



we’ve been cozy and relaxed with family in nebraska.  this is our first white christmas–and it’s been very, very white.  we were snowed in for two days, which was fine with me.  lots of food, video games, magazines and naps.  it’s so good to be together, but i’ve also been finding little moments to sneak away and be alone–that’s how i recharge.

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how do you recharge-by being with people or by finding time alone?

37 Responses

  1. Suzanne says:

    Alone. Well sorta…alone with my blogging buds. I recharge with my computer checking on my blogs. We were in neighboring Kansas and too were snowed in, enjoying a White Christmas. I must say getting on that plane and flying home to sunny CA was great! A little snow goes a long way.

  2. definitely need to be alone to recharge. I love being with people but look forward to my moments alone.

  3. Stacy says:

    I like to recharge alone with a good book and a nice cup of tea.

  4. Janice says:

    Alone time all the way but quality time with those that mean the most is very refreshing, too.

  5. Amanda says:

    I’m 100% introvert, so alone definitely :) I like to have company, but after a few hours it starts to sap me of energy.

  6. Leslie says:

    We’ve been snowed in by the same storm here in Oklahoma! I definitely recharge alone. In sweatpants and slippers. As soon as I get them on…ahhh…I feel more relaxed instantly.

  7. beth says:

    both ways….alone is great and I sneak away as much as I can…..but also a weekend with just the girlfriends… is the best !!!

  8. JD says:

    Time alone with God or in The Word is what fully recharges my batteries. Especially at my sister-friend’s house in Ohio in the heart of the Amish countryside, on her amazing front porch, writing, praying, worshiping, reading… or in her loft/attic…

    I also love to spend time with family or close friends, in a small, intimate setting. Large gatherings wear me out quite a bit faster.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Glad you enjoyed your snowed in time. We drove through a pretty bad blizzard in Nebraska on our way home the two days before Christmas. I definitely need alone time to recharge, with four little ones, some nice quiet time is usually just what I need.

  10. Jessica says:

    Although I love people and couldn’t imagine a good life without them, I definitely need time alone to recharge.

    Love the pic:)

  11. definitely both! I need different things at different times. :)

  12. Tricia Anne says:

    My recharging time tends to be when I am alone.
    It can be running errands, quilting, even laundry.
    Just a chance to clear my thoughts I suppose.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  13. Denise C. says:

    I definitely need to be alone. Family is wonderful to be around, but when my battery needs recharging, I need to be doing something solo- including dishes, grocery shopping, reading, etc.
    Happy Holidays! 😉

  14. Susan says:

    I like to recharge by stamping. It allows me to tap into my creative side. Sometimes I just like kicking back and reading. This time of year always brings out the chef in me. I love to recharge checking out new recipes .

  15. Kerry Young says:

    I am an alone kinda girl too. I love being with family and friends, but after a while I just need a bit of time to gather my thoughts. It is so hard to find the time sometimes. Now I understand why my mom was so excited when we moved into a new house when I was ten… there was a window seat in the bathroom. She used to excuse herself to “use the bathroom.” She’d be gone for quite a long time… I’m just sure she was curled up on that window seat with a good book taking a little break from all of us!

    So glad you were able to experience such a White Christmas… they sure are special aren’t they?

  16. Corinne says:

    Most of the time, when I’m alone. But if I’m with a friend or family member who gets me… that’ll do it as well!
    Your time in Nebraska sounds so lovely….

  17. Sarah Jane says:

    Ah, if you have this figured out I would love the know your secret. I swear I am the only introvert in my family. I also married an introvert so it makes the holidays a little stressful. I love my family, but, whew, I’m so glad for January!:)

  18. Finally, another introvert!! I have many extroverted friends and family that don’t understand the need to be alone… truly is the way my batteries are “re-charged.” That can be a hard thing to come by when staying at family’s house. It’s something my hubby (another introvert) and I are working on — how to keep each other’s batteries charged when visiting the in-laws. Finding little escapes away is essential!

  19. Gina Cannary says:

    Oh, you def have to have the alone time! Nice to be there for your kids and hubby to cook and nurture…but you have to recharge those batteries with naps and books and nothing…

  20. Jenn says:

    I call myself an “expressive introvert.” I am not shy & love people, but find all that talking & socializing quite taxing. Pretty much every night after my daughters are in bed, I read, watch a movie, write in my journal, have a hot drink, and bond with my couch. This is my quiet time and without it I don’t have much to give to others. It’s very hard when we’re traveling or around a lot of family in a small space. I tend to start unraveling. I like to be home!

  21. Laura says:

    I definitely love spending time alone with my thoughts and my journal. My husband is a huge extrovert so we spend lots of time with others. Although I love socializing and laughing with friends, nothing beats a quiet night at home! I’m excited that you had a white Christmas.

  22. thursday says:

    Alone. Alone! I’ve always been shy, and an introvert (not to say that I don’t talk too much, because I do). So hard to be alone these days – and I know it’s causing me to be a bit less of a happy person. The little dude (1.5 yrs) has some serious separation anxiety, and I can’t get minutes to myself! And sleeping has been an issue (he wakes up between 3 and 5 am and won’t go back to sleep unless I bring him to bed with me). Daytime naps are now so short I can hardly shower!

    Of course, here I am essentially alone right now – typing away on the internet. Oops. Should be re-charging!

  23. Lisa says:

    Definitely alone time. I love my friends and am very social…but to recharge I need to just be by myself. I could use some of that about right now :)

  24. caroline graafsma says:

    I live in country Australia and have four children under four…so recharging is to read a story to the children….or for a full recharge is to literally smell the roses in the garden. Sigh……

    I enjoy popping into your blog to admire your photos and lust for simplicity in life.

  25. Peggy says:

    I recharge both ways… it just depends on what I need at the moment. Sometimes it’s chick time, sometimes it’s alone time, and every so often, it’s family time. Oh, and there’s also grandson time. Each one in some way energizes and inspires me. Maybe that’s why men say women are difficult to understand. There’s never just ONE way!!!! :) Enjoy your Nebraska snow-ins, Lisa.

  26. Jen says:

    I’m so glad to read these comments and learn I’m not the only one who NEEDS my alone time! The holidays can exhaust me just because it seems like there’s something to do almost every night of the week. I, too, enjoy socializing but it leaves me feeling very drained…and sometimes a little cranky. 😉 I feel panicked if I don’t have a couple hours each day to just zone, check blogs, take a bath, etc. Like I said, so glad I’m not alone!

  27. Tamra says:

    Alone reading decorating mags or books to recharge my creative inspiration. And a glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.

  28. Tiffany says:

    Hi Lisa!! Both actually, being with my family (just the four of us) recharges me – but alone time also does as well – doing nothing is great isn’t it!

    Glad you and your sweet family had a white christmas!

  29. Karne says:

    Alone, I definitely need time to myself to look at magazines, read, dream, clean and go through piles of paper, etc. and purging. Time to my thoughts and dreams. I wish I were more of an extrovert and could keep a busy calendar-but all that does for me is make me tired and cranky.

  30. janetha b says:

    i think it is simply fabulous that you don’t capitalize your letters either. you’re going on my reader. right now. xo.

  31. clare says:

    We have just spent christmas in Ireland with my husbands family with his four brothers & one sister & there husbands, wifes, children etc the house got a little crowded sometimes so I had to sneak off to our room for a little me time & read another chapter of my book, the snow was too bad to go out walking, but had great time xx

  32. That sounds so cozy and fun… I have to sneak away to move my body in order to recharge. I absolutely must burn off pent up energy or I’m nasty. Just ask my kids. LOL Hope you find some alone time…


  33. I have to be alone ever so often to recharge! But I really am a “people” person & one of my favorite things is to be with hubby, friends or family! Love your sweet blog, & I wish you a very Happy New Year! Patti

  34. Southern Gal says:

    Alone, but I don’t do quiet well. I usually have music playing. I’m working on that.

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