Simple living and extroverts – are we compatible?


I’m an extrovert to the max. No – it doesn’t mean you find me the last one to leave at the work Christmas party, dancing on the table tops. It means that I do all of my thinking with others, and I think with my mouth. As a good friend once told me – if I’m not talking, I’m not thinking (lucky for her, I kept her as a good friend, in spite of this).

I read Rhonda Hetzel, who has inspired me immensely (see her amazing blog Down to Earth) in her quest to slow down and live a simple life. But she talks about sometimes not leaving the house for up to a month at a time, and for me, that seems almost impossible.

And I was chatting to the equally inspirational Brooke McAlary from  as part of her community weekly chats, and I raised this very topic.

Working in the home, cooking from scratch, growing vegetables is all very appealing to me. Not working in paid employment is also really appealing to me, having worked hard for nearly twenty years and building our net worth so that our mortgage is n-e-a-r-l-y paid off.

But just basing myself at home, and reducing my contact with the outside world is not compatible with my personality type. So simple living for me in the future, if I am not working, is going to have to involve people, other than my family and making sure that I connect with others regularly.

Part of my plan will need to involve community. I’m not sure just exactly what and how yet, because I am still working.

I wonder how many of us in the simple living world are extroverts? If so, how do you satisfy that part of you that needs to connect with others, if you are primarily working around the home? Would love to hear and get some ideas.

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