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I Am A Proud Homebody #AnythingGoesonSunday

Hi! My name is Corinne and I am a proud homebody!  (Yes, admitting that is almost as freeing as attending an AA meeting!)

homebody : a person who likes to stay at home, especially one who is perceived as unadventurous.

It’s kind of hard for people who knew me a some 10-12 years ago to believe this to be true of me. I’ve had loads of friends offline and have been actively involved with people always. Perhaps, one early hint of my ‘homebodiness’ is the fact that I never really liked to go out for parties.

home is where my heart is

When I moved to Mumbai, post-marriage, it seemed to provide the right atmosphere for my inner homebody to show itself. I didn’t need to go out to work and found that I loved the idea. I know it’s crazy that we lived in Bandra, one of the supposedly “happening” places for a good late night out. But not for me. Thankfully, José is pretty much of an introvert, but even he finds me a little hard to understand at times.

Yes, I actually prefer my own company. Don’t get me wrong I’m not anti-social, just that being an introvert, home is where I can really find solitude.

I have over a thousand friends on Facebook (mostly courtesy my blogging), but I prefer social media to meeting large groups of people in person. I can shut off social media – much more difficult to do that with real life conversations! 😉 I do meet up with friends in person, and prefer it that way, but that’s not too often and only a few people at a time. Ideally, one person at a time though. I’ll even confess there are times I’ve made a date with someone and I’m almost glad when they cancel! I’m glad when it rains really hard because I have the perfect excuse not to venture out! 😉

I love reading and home is the place that guarantees me the peace and quiet to read loads.

I’m so happy that blogging (and the fact that I’m supported by my husband) affords me the luxury of working from home.

I’m aware that I sometimes overdo the stay at home bit, I’m trying to balance going out while being a proud homebody.

Have you met anyone else like me? Are you the same? 🙂

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As part of my August celebration, I’m reviving #AnythingGoesOnSunday – an invitation for you to add yours link for your Sunday posts to the linky below. No theme, no prompt – anything goes! However, I’d appreciate if you left a comment and visited at least two of the blogs linked before yours!
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20 Comments

  1. Nabanita Nabanita August 18, 2015

    Would you believe me if I said that I’m the same Corinne? Except for going out to work which I have to do, I love being at home 🙂 I don’t like partying and I too love it when some plan to meet someone is cancelled 😀

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      I would believe you, Naba! Once I stopped working full time, homebodiness took over!

  2. Nan Nan August 17, 2015

    Me, me ! Mega homebody and love it.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      I’d love to meet you some day, Nan! We have a lot in common, I think! 🙂

  3. Damaria Senne Damaria Senne August 17, 2015

    I’m similar. For as long as i can remember, my close friends have been “dragging” me somewhere, and I let them, because I know left to my own devices, I’d be too content to just stay home. There is so much I can do there to entertain myself without having to leave!

    Even when i lived in the city, my friends and neighbours in Johannesburg called me a hermit, because weeks would go by without my leaving my going out even though I was in the middle of a city and two blocks from a large mall. My younger sister made me promise to not buy groceries through online facilities because she says if I get into that habit, I will no longer have a reason to leave home, as I also work from home.

    But things are different in Phokeng. Family, friends and community members drop by on a regular basis, so even though I’m not out and about, I’m connected to the community. It’s good when I enjoy company; rough when I’d rather have some quiet.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Thanks for sharing, Damaria. You’re so right. Online shopping reduces the necessity to go out at all. While I like the comfort of community, it generally has to be on my terms and that’s not always possible, is it? 🙂

  4. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando August 17, 2015

    Have I met anyone like you, Corinne? Oh, yes, and it’s me!!! I am a devoted homebody, too. Love and blessings, my friend!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 22, 2015

      Ah really? I’m starting to wonder how I’ve attracted so many like-minded souls into my life!

  5. Parul Parul August 17, 2015

    So I now know I am a homebody too! I am expressive, I talk a lot with people I know but I am someone who draws energy from within. So I am an introvert. But at the same time, I love knowing new people and learning from others. I also get uncomfortable with a lot of people around. Like you, I prefer smaller groups where I have more opportunity to listen to some real conversations.
    You post made me think about myself Corinne. Thank you for making me reflect within!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 28, 2015

      I’m not surprised, Parul. From our brief interactions online, I’ve found you to be introspective.

  6. Lata Lata August 17, 2015

    Corinne, I wasn’t always a homebody but have been that way for the last two decades. i am happier in my own space. People find that hard to understand though. And oh, like you I prefer to socialize with just a couple of people and not in large groups:) I have always been that way right through my life. I find it more meaningful.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 28, 2015

      Me too, Lata. I had loads of friends offline and the nature of my activities included large groups. Now I find so much meaning in one to one conversations and small groups.

  7. sunita rajwade sunita rajwade August 17, 2015

    while I’m not a party animal, I do enjoy the company of others but there are times when I like to stay at home and just potter around revelling in the feeling of having the house to myself.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 28, 2015

      You sound like a well-balanced person, Sunita. Having met you in person, I realize how easily you warm up to people!

  8. Alana Alana August 17, 2015

    I am about as introverted as they come. So, it doesn’t amaze me that someone would want to stay home instead of going to a large gathering. Even if I am with people I know (let’s not talk about going to a large event alone) I find being around many people as draining. I am not sure that I would call myself a homebody-but I do want to be able to have total control over my socializing.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 28, 2015

      Draining is exactly the word, Alana. If I have to go to large gatherings, I take at least a day to recover!
      Thank you for sharing.

  9. Debbie Debbie August 17, 2015

    I like to choose. I spend much more time than I would like to here in Belgium, but I would not feel comfortable to go out ‘just-because’.
    I cannot wait to get over this never ending tiredness to get back to some “life”.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 28, 2015

      I didn’t realize you were presently in Belgium, Debbie. I hope you get back to ‘life’ really soon!

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