Handshakes, Facebook friend requests, LinkedIn invitations, book clubs, office happy hours, sweat working (?!), Instagram likes, conferences, workshops, webinars…
Last month, I found myself dreading attending yet another holiday party with a friend. I’d spent the season saying “yes” to everything from mixers to outings with coworkers to multiple happy hours in a day. I’d carried on conversations with industry leaders about everything from the best Smiths songs to the American obsession with foie gras. I’d explained what Career Contessa was in countless ways to countless people and exchanged business cards and numbers.
But that morning, I was still in bed and contemplating shooting off a lying text. Something about a seasonal cold. “So sorry, can’t make it tonight. Bummed!”
I’m someone who loves meeting new people — usually. But right then, I could hardly bear the thought of dragging myself into the office that morning, let alone to a party afterward. The last thing I wanted was to talk to anyone.