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Your definition of “fun” might be different, as an Introvert or HSP.

Your definition of “fun” might be different, as an Introvert or HSP.

I think our extrovert-dominant culture has defined fun too narrowly, as if only the loud or wild things count as fun. Meanwhile introverts and HSPs might be happily crafting or reading at home, but worry that they aren’t “fun” enough.

[image of reading a book]

Maybe we just enjoy different things.

I can feel delighted reading a good book on the porch, with bird sounds in the background. I get to call that Fun. Without apology.

You get to decide what YOU call fun.

Fun is restorative and important, when done your way.

You’re not wrong or “boring” if you stay home, stay quiet, or turn in early when the rest of the crew is still going. They’ll learn to accept it, when you do. I had to talk myself through this and wow, my time with houseguests goes so much better now.

I invite you to choose your own flavor of fun this weekend, and beyond. And I’ve got 2 great ways to spark joy, below.

a joyful day
More of my kind of fun: holding hands and walking with beloveds. (And later playing with creative photo apps.)

2 free things to spark YOUR kind of joy:

  1. Sparketype
    I recommend this free assessment about how to find what sparks you, in your work, or life overall. Learn which of the 10 types best fits you.
    Knowing your type is great for narrowing your career choices, making business decisions that fit you, and for knowing what gives you energy and what drains it. I love this tool. (It’s not enough to say your exact career fit, but it’s great information.)
  2. The HSP Connection (Podcast)
    Through thoughtful discussions and personal stories, Philippa and Robbie help you embrace sensitivity, discover your strengths, connect with other HSPs, and navigate your journey to a fulfilling life. Whether you’re new or seasoned with understanding sensitivity, or just curious, there’s something for you. I love their joyful conversations.

Can Work Be Fun too?

I say YES, and it’s part of how you know it’s a good path for you.

I’m talking about the fun flow feeling of solving puzzles you were built to solve. When it’s a fit, it can feel energizing, engaging, and fun, with child-like wonder.

I wrote up my take on work + fun here:
Work Should Be Fun. I’m Serious.

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Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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