So I just got back from having an incredible time at RWA16 national conference in San Diego, California. The conference itself is go-go-go! There's always a meeting, a workshop, an event to be at, and by the end, you're euphorically exhausted. But as an introvert, it's also a LOT of stimuli for me. Here are some of the ways I cultivated some "me time" to keep myself sane during the conference. (Plus, I get to post some of my vacation pics! Win-win! For me at least.)
So without further ado, I present to you An Introvert's Guide to Keeping Sane at RWA.
First tip: be alone! Shocking prescription, I know, but sometimes you just gotta get back to basics and find somewhere to be by yourself. And you get bonus points if it involves the beach!
|Sun on my face and sand on my toes.|
Next, a change of scenery can work wonders. I found having my meals away from the hotel really restorative (especially when they involved lobster rolls! Yum!) and it's always nice to have a different view for awhile.
|I even met a new friend at this particular meal!|
Cultivate your curiosity! As an introvert, I have a tendency to get stuck in never-ending thought loops, especially at a conference so jam-packed with information. The antidote? I made sure to go on a little adventure to stretch my mind and my legs. Luckily for me, my parents were married at the Hotel Del Coronado, so I grabbed a map, rented an electric bike (so fun!) and went exploring.
|So cool to see where my parents got hitched...|
Another tip: seek out things that you enjoy. I come from a land-locked province, so any time I can get out on the water, I find it incredibly restorative. And for the record, this works especially well when there's a handsome boat-hand manning the ferry. *dreamy sigh*
|Ahoy there, matey!|
And last but not least, have an escape hatch! I found that sneaking back up to my room to sit on the balcony was enough to clear my head and reset.
|Helluva view. San Diego, you've got style.|
So this time I'm going to keep my question nice and simple: are you an introvert or an extrovert? Let me know in the comments.
Taryn Leigh Taylor's first novel, KISS AND MAKEUP, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.