Sitting Down – How Much Is Too Much Everyday?

You might remember those early health warnings around coffee? Yes, it’s bad for you. Just this year though it was reported to be healthy in moderation, translates to 3 cups a day.

Then the call from a loved food sounded, “eggs are bad your health.” Yes, that cholesterol in them will kill us because of contributing to higher cholesterol in our bodies. Now eggs are okay, in moderation. Turns out the cholesterol in eggs are not absorbed in our bodies. Along with the once touted cry to stop consuming, it turns out there is more to cholesterol than we were hearing originally and– hold on – the safe limit to our bodily cholesterol is being raised.

Is this new cry about sitting true: we are sitting too much and it’s killing us?

Don’t I owe it to my more introverted friends to discuss these findings? After all, maybe introverts are more susceptible? Or maybe there is something to sticking to those New Years “exercise resolutions” after all.

My suspicions are either stoked by my introvert nature or the mere fact I question almost everything or my decades of accrued wisdom from personal experience.

It seems to me there is always something more to these cries of yet another health hazard.

Sitting Down – How Much Is Too Much Everyday?

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Charge Up Your Introvert Voice: interview with Donna Price

Did she really ask that?

Did I really say that?

We met on LinkedIn and if you are on LinkedIn you know how these things happen.

Meet Donna Price, Business Coach, Innovator, and Facilitator, who was intrigued by my book Communication Toolkit for Introverts and invited me to be a guest on her BlogTalkRadio channel.

It was interesting learning her take on introversion too.

As much as I rehearse a presentation, I am always ready to mix up something I hadn’t planned to say. You can fast forward to any of these particular and approximate minute designations (minutes in) for key points in the conversation.

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Dog Inner Peace Wisdom on Valentines Day

wedding kiss in a heartHolidays in general have no personality preference. Yes there is introverts day on January 2nd and of course there are most winter holiday parties for extroverts.

Whether you are more of an introvert or extrovert, here’s my holiday gift to you. May you find some love today whether you are in a relationship or not.

It’s from an unknown author – I tried to search for giving credit and came up short. If you know who it is, please let me know in the comments? Being a dog lover like I am, I had to share it with you:

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When Will You Dump Your Significant Jerk?

It’s another one of those bizarre holidays to celebrate! Dump Your Significant Jerk is both a day and a week celebration, just in case you need a while to work up the courage.

Dump Your JerkWhen will you dump your significant jerk?

This holiday launches the week before Valentine’s Day. Each is a total opposite of the other and yet, they do go hand in hand.

We might be a jerk to others, I hope I’m not and I certainly don’t have these people as friends.

Or we might be a jerk to ourselves. In either situation, we need to know how to identify either the jerk around us or the jerk within us.

Can’t we all be a jerk at times?

Or we talk to our self like we are one?

Here’s my own introvert perspective on how to say good bye to either in our life because being a jerk knows no type style boundaries.

But maybe someone in our life is a jerk. Certainly, if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend you want to say goodbye to, then consider this week as your perfect opportunity.

But I’m too long married for this! Besides my husband is quite lovable, and far from a jerk, most days. He even does the dinner dishes.

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Increase Your Awareness To Blog More From Your Heart

increase your awarenessCall it noodling an idea around, thinking something through or contemplation and if you’re an introvert, you are likely on board!

This time my inspiration comes from the pastor’s wife, at the church I most often am at on Sundays.

It was on her part an innocent observation to one of the church’s outreaches. She was thanking the members for all their time, energy and money, which helped get clothing to the people who need it in our community. The Andy Stanley quote she used that caught my attention is:

“Curb discontentment by becoming more aware of what people don’t have and less aware of what you think you need.”

Initially, hearing this made me a little sad. I didn’t make time to participate in the particular event. Then as I continued to think on it, other thoughts started to percolate for me.

I realized how maybe on my blog, I might be more aware of what I need and less aware of what others don’t have.

I wonder if you can relate that to your writing or blogging?

Increase Your Awareness Because Your Blogging Depends On It

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Pet Peeves Are as Bad as You Think

pet peevesDo we all have pet peeves?

Maybe your pet peeves are around social media, family, friends or work. We likely all have one for every area in our life. But these are just not healthy for us.

This week on Martin Luther King holiday my husband and I took the day off and headed to the movie theatre. That is where one of my biggest pet peeves showed up: people who do not silence their cell phones.

It was a delight to hear at least half a dozen pre-show reminders to – silence cell phones, don’t text, don’t call. The theatre had it all covered on the big screen for all to see and hear. They repeated it and repeated it. I just had to let the feeling around my anxiousness that this would happen go.

It worked too.

No cell phones ringing.

No signs of texting from where I sat.

Pet peeves are as bad as you think.

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Short Guide to Easy Ways to Succeed with New Habits

Having just returned home from the re-open house of our community workout facility, with it being just the third week of January, the main observation – many of us are still committed to our New Year Resolution.

According to most recent research about resolution effectiveness just 64% of us who make resolutions make it beyond the first month.

Kind of demotivating isn’t it?

There doesn’t have to be giving up like this.

Not for resolutions, or even for new habits you might want to put in place.

Here are six ideas for greater success. It’s a …

short guide to easy ways to succeed with new habits.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award to Kick off the New Year

Very Inspiring Blogger AwardIf I had left Facebook (something I consider now and then) I would likely have not received this timely notice about this blogging nomination from one of my long time online friends.

I feel so grateful that Biba Pedron, nominated me for the writing I do. Biba is The Connection Queen. I met her in an online speed-networking venue that is no longer open. It was one of the most innovative online social media sites because it was a speed-networking environment, online. Biba blogs at

Thank you Biba for thinking of me. I’m delighted and honored. What a wonderful way to kick off the New Year indeed.

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Everyone Knows Someone Peculiar

Just when you thought you heard of every holiday – Introvert Day on January 2nd, Act Happy Week in March, Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day June 22, and many more. Some days celebrate more than one thing.

There may be other holidays on January 10 but the one each of us can celebrate is Peculiar People Day. Even people responsible for finding the origin of holidays couldn’t track things down. They speculate it might have something to do with a branch of the Wesleyan church, named Peculiar People. Who knew that?

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After New Years Eve: Celebrate January 2 as Introvert Day

Happy Introvert Day started in 2008 with an article entitled the same.

Then, National Introvert Day came on the scene January 2 2011. It’s a perfect place to be on the calendar with all the happenings of the winter holiday season. Either way, this introvert holiday is still in its infancy, as might be a global understanding of what it means to be someone more introverted.

if you’re up for another holiday, one that’s more quiet, then …

After New Years Eve: Celebrate January 2 as Introvert Day

What’s your perfect idea of celebrating Introvert Day? Oh I bet I know! It’s likely going to be a relaxed, quiet, alone and recharging kind of day.

We’ll each be different in the specific since few of us are totally introverted or extroverted. The key is to use this day after all of the holiday season to honor who you are, not what you think the rest of the world might expect of you. We already do enough of that through most of the year.

What about getting ready for the New Year with those resolutions? If you make them. That’s going to take some mental energy. Physical or mental energy is something we more introverted cherish.

How about taking your introverted self to new heights in 2015? One of my connections on LinkedIn told me he was looking forward to doing just that!

Or maybe you just want to take time to appreciate yourself as you are.

Whether you plan a day alone, partially alone or for the more extroverted, with others, National Introvert Day will be a day to expand your awareness of just what energizes you.

Figure out how you want to celebrate this day. Here’s a few ideas to kick things off and please, like an idea, comment or add your own way to celebrate to the list:

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Celebrate January 2 as Introvert Day

Happy Introvert Day started in 2008 with an article entitled the same. Then, National Introvert Day came on the scene January 2 2011. It's a perfect place to be on the calendar with all the happenings of the winter holiday season. Either way, this introvert holiday is still in its infancy, as might be a global understanding of what it means to be someone more introverted.

Take a walk outside.

Dec 28, 2014
Take a walk outside.

Getting outside for a walk alone, or just a friend not the neighborhood walking group, will be great exercise, lift your spirits and renew your energy. It's not a hike or a marathon. It's just getting in touch with nature.


Reflect, meditate.

Dec 28, 2014
Reflect, meditate.
If you weren't able to reflect and plan for the upcoming year with all the partying and celebrating, the day after is time enough. You're building your perfect day, so maybe build some time in for this kind of alone time.

Head to the car.

Dec 28, 2014
Head to the car.
Sometimes I'll go to our garage and sit in our favorite car, just to sit it in. No music, maybe crank up the engine with the garage door open, just sit back, eyes closed and enjoy the q-u-i-e-t. You''ll have to trust me on this but it doesn't need to be a Ferrari.

Get ready for your day.

Dec 28, 2014
Get ready for your day.

This will be your day so plan to spend it as you want to, at least to the degree you are able to without ticking off your more extroverted family and friends. At least give some people a heads up, "I"m doing nothing today."


Stay home or find a quiet venue.

Dec 28, 2014
Stay home or find a quiet venue.

We might like the quiet of our home, or it may be there's a little coffee shop (yes, even Starbucks will fit) you like to hang out at, or maybe the library in your town is open. The key point is, the choice is yours what to do. Most introverts will find more energy in less stimulating places.


Social network your way.

Dec 28, 2014
Social network your way.

One reason I love the online venue for communication, is I get to control how much I say, when to say what that is, and to whom I say it. Try telling a friend who just drops by your house to say hello, "I'll answer that question after a few minutes of thinking about it." Right.


Take time to discover your uniqueness.

Dec 28, 2014
Take time to discover your uniqueness.

If you aren't sure what it means to be more introverted maybe you could carve out a few minutes to take an online assessment to discover it. A search on "online introvert assessment" will get you there.

You’re more than welcome to, like one of the ideas – you’ll see a thumbs up by the idea, or comment or add your own way to celebrate introvert day.

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