How I Deal With The Holidays As An Introvert!

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First, let me clear up what an introvert is. The difference between an introvert and an extrovert is how we recharge. I recharge by being alone and not being around a big group of people. Extroverts recharge by being around people and a lively uptick atmosphere. At least this is true for my husband, the extrovert, and I, the introvert. Big groups of people for me are sometimes overwhelming and exhausting.

Now that you know what my definition of an introvert is let me tell you my holiday schedule. It all starts with Thanksgiving, we host it at my house. Usually, it's a small gathering not too bad. Then I go Black Friday Shopping. 8 Tips For a Succesful Black Friday Trip here. I consider Black Friday super fun, but it takes me the whole weekend to recover. The first or second weekend in December is my daughters birthday party. Then there is going up to my moms for a weekend in December. Then whatever Christmas parties are in between. Then we have 4 family Christmas parties to attend on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Just writing that out makes me overwhelmed.

So how do I manage?

  • Schedule a massage. Sometimes with a new massage therapist. I've known my therapist since I was 19 and we are really good friends, so it's hard for us not to chat the whole massage. So going to someone new could help the temptation to talk the whole time. To be honest my answer to everything is to get a massage.

  • Read. During this time a year, I take the time to read every night. It's alone time. I also use the excuse that I need to wrap presents. This means being in my room behind a locked door, it's blissful. My husband hates wrapping, so it's perfect.

  • I know it's kind of cliche to say but take one day at a time. Sometimes I have to break it down to one event at a time.

  • Plan and be organized. It's even worse if you are frazzled because of last minute stuff to do before an event.

  • Say no to some parties. There are a few parties that my husband and kids go to that I don't. My husband is pretty understanding about how much I can handle. I also don't volunteer at the school this month.

  • I plan a day where I don't leave the house or get out of my PJs. I will be super lazy and just spend the day with my family no one else. We watch movies, we eat snacks, leftovers, microwave meals, whatever is super easy. I take this day and I am off.

It's a struggle to be an introvert during the holidays because there are so many events and parties. If I'm not careful to schedule some down time I become overwhelmed and grumpy and nobody wants to be around me.

I do love the holidays. It's the only time of year that I get to see some family. I love sharing food and catching up with people. Going and making cookies at Gramma's house with my kids. Winter break from school. It is a fun time of year, but it can be overwhelming. 

10 Gifts for an Out Doors Lover

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If have someone on your list this season that loves to go hiking and be outdoors then this is the list for you.

Smart Phone Gloves or Mittens

If you have followed any of my hiking post you have noticed that I also Pokemon hunt while I hike. Now I currently don't own a pair of these but I think they would help a lot in the Pokemon hunting part of my hiking. This morning while walking my hands were freezing and I was not wanting to take them out of my pockets to catch Pokemon, these gloves would have solved this problem.

AegisGears Paracord Bracelet X-Series with 19 Piece Outdoor Survival Gear Kit

I don't know about you but this kit is just cool, anyone that hikes would love this! It has 1 5/16" magnesium flint fire starter, 12' custom military grade MIL-C-5040 type III 550 parachute cord embedded with copper wire, hemp tinder line, secondary fishing line, compass, stainless-steel scraper, 2 fishing hooks, 2 fishing lines, 2 swivels, 2 weights, 2 floats, alcohol pad, dried tinder and 2 safety pins.

Swiss Army Knife

If they are not new to the outdoors they probably already have one. But if your loved one is a newbie then this is a must!

BSN Medical Leukotape P Sports Tape (Blister Prevetion Tape)

So far I haven't had the pleasure of using this tape, but I hear its amazing. This is definitely in my shopping cart for my sister in law, she walks the 3 day breast cancer walk every year.

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

I've had a few Fit Bits over the past couple years and so far my favorite has been the Blaze. It has some pretty cool features that I use while hiking like the pace rate and altitude tracker.

TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; Free Rain Cover Included

These are great! What I like about this one above, is the chest strap. Its a little bigger then most, I have another one that is pretty small which is great because it's light, but I like to over pack, especially when I bring the kids with me.

Discovery Pass If you live in Washington State

If your not in Washington State check to see if there is a pass for your state parks.

Garmin eTrex 30x

You may have the question, "What does this tracker have that a phone doesn't?
25 hour battery life.
Get signals from satellite not towers.
More durable.

Dog Rope Leash

If your loved one has a hound then they are going to need a good strong leash to keep them from

running after that squirrel.

AVEX Claret Wine Glass


Now who doesn't need a wine glass while hiking?????

FitBark Dog Activity Monitor

10 Gift Ideas For Your Essential Oil Enthusiast

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Essential Bottle Aromatherapy Set

This would be a wonderful gift set for your essential oil lover who likes to mix up there own blends. As I've encountered, I get this new idea for a blend then go to my cupboard and find out I ran out of the container I need. You can never have to many!!

SOLIGT Essential Oil Key Tool

This tool helps open and close roller ball caps, it would work great as a super cool stocking stuffer. With this tool you will save your loved ones finger nails from breaking! One of the most annoying and challenging part of using the essential oils, is getting the roller ball caps on and off.

Essential Oil Wooden Box Organizer

This is soooo going on my Christmas List! It has 68 slots with foam padding at the top to help secure your oils. Also comes with a bonus label sheet!!!! If you are finding oil bottles all over your house, or your oil lover can never remember where they placed that oil they were working with, this is the gift for you!!

Basic Aluminum Essential Oil Case

If your oil lover is not ready to hold 68 spaces, here is a super cute case for them. This case has 25 slots and it comes in 10 different colors. A case like this would also be a really good travel case!

Travel Size Spray Perfume Bottles

These perfume bottles are perfect! Some of the other bottles are clear glass which is not good for essential oils. Essential oils should always be away from light.

Mini Mason Jars

Mini Mason Jars are super cute and would be perfect for your oils lover that likes to make blends and give them out. I love that the lids are not plastic. I have dropped my jars and had the plastic list break.

Tree of Life Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace 

Perfect for that someone who loves essential oils, but can't put them on there skin. I am one of those people, on a rare occasion do I put essential oils on my body. I have super sensitive skin and can not wear essential oils often. 

Car Diffuser

I love, Love, LOVE, my car diffuser. It helps mask the interesting my kids play a lot of sports smells. I have a full review of the one I own here

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

If your Essential Oil lover doesn't already have a diffuser then this is a must give for you.

Edens Garden Essential Oil Set

Any essential oils would work. If you are not sure what essential oils they would need, just go see what essential oils they are low on. It is also very important to pay attention to brand. Most of us EO people can be a little picky on the brand we use.