I’ve always been the more introverted Bacon sister, more comfortable with two or three good friends, instead of a bus load. I’m really bad with names, so it makes it much easier to keep everyone straight that way.

My baby sister, Lee, on the other hand has more friends than some small Northern Ontario towns have people. How she keeps her sanity while trying to maintain so many relationships is beyond me.

Part of my “new me” approach to life since turning 40 is to work on fostering the relationships I do have, making an effort to reach out and engage and grow my friendships. This past weekend was a test of my endurance.

From a hockey function Friday night, to a home party on Saturday afternoon, drinks with my sister Saturday night and finally a Women’s Health expo Sunday afternoon, I mixed, mingled, snacked and  tried on fancy makeup. How people maintain this fast-paced lifestyle is beyond me. I barely squeezed in groceries and unloading the dishwasher, and missed most of the kids’ activities. Thank goodness I had Dean to pick up the slack for me.

I think the trick is to keep things in perspective. Life is a marathon, not a sprint and I don’t have to say yes to every invitation that crosses my inbox.

It’s just as important to remember to take the time to turn on the Christmas lights, pour a glass of wine and recharge alone with a good book too. Especially so for introverts like me.

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