It can feel awkward knocking on a neighbor’s door. Even more so if small talk is not your thing. For introverts the desire to love others well must be balanced with their own need for alone time to refuel. Kendra Broekhuis went into a 30-day challenge to love her neighbors unaware that her introverted tendencies would be significant. Until they were.
Listen to his interview with fellow introvert (and fellow INFJ) Alex while Krista, the extrovert in the threesome, digs in. From the benefits to living in an apartment building to moving relationships from the casual to the intentional, everyone will be able to relate to the desire for connection wherever we’re placed.
You’ll hear Kendra’s actual life, the voices of her small children, chorusing in the background as she talks with The Open Door Sisterhood about hosting when you’re not a cook, finding commonalities as starting places for new relationships, and reaching past them to make friends who are a reflection of God’s diverse creation.
You can connect with Kendra on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (where she and Alex met, an introvert’s perfect kind of meetup).
You can listen to Kendra’s interview here on iTunes (and if you’re an introvert you can listen to it all by yourself!)
Here are a few things mentioned on this episode:
Kendra’s book: Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Kendra’s go-to lentil burritos:
1. Bring to boil and then reduce and simmer for 30 minutes:
-1 c dried black beluga lentils
-2 and 1/4 c water
-2/3 c salsa
2. Drain and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 3 c cooked rice
3. Divide rice, lentil mixture among 6-8 large tortillas and then add
-Mexican shredded cheese
4. Fold tortillas and place on foil covered cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or other favorite toppings.
Today’s episode is sponsored by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward. Jeannie was our podcast guest here on the Open Door Sisterhood podcast last fall, and her episode remains one of our most highly recommended podcasts. If you haven’t heard her yet, search our archives for Hey Sister, episode 19. If you’d like to get your kid through college with zero student loan debt and a great job at graduation, head to our show notes to link to Jeannie’s book: LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward on amazon.com. Alex bought this massive book a few months ago and she and her husband are digging into a plan as their firstborn enters high school. Jeannie is a wealth of information for parents as we navigate what it means to pay for college. Find her at jeannieburlowski.com.
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