Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Favorite: Alone Time

Chris and I realized the other day that we've been together for 7 years, SEVEN YEARS!  Craaaazy.  That's a little less than a quarter of my life.  We have so many memories of us together and so many choices are made with each other in mind. Once we really got serious, when we moved in together, and now that we're married, making time for ourselves has been an pertinent discussion. We talk about it often, and we both want to make sure that we're always giving each other what we need, but also taking care of ourselves.  We want to make each other happy, but we also want to keep ourselves happy.

I think I do a pretty good job of fitting things that I want to do into my daily schedule.  But there are days when I NEED alone time.  Life catches up to me and I find that I really need a day or a big chunk of time where I'm on my own schedule and I just do what I want.

Sometimes I just need a quiet space where I can let go and be with myself.  I read, I cook dinner for myself or eat a bowl of cookie dough. Other days my alone time gets me out of the house.  I'll get a cupcake and stop by the Anthropologie sale section.  Or I'll take as long as I want at the farmer's market, stop at the wine and cheese shop, and then go to a few thrift stores.

Alone time is a way for me to wind down, meditate a little and think about what I truly want.  It's something all for me, where I don't have to be on anyone else's schedule, I don't have to make decisions  based on others' needs or wants.  It's just what I want.  Alone time brings me back to myself, and then I'm a better person the rest of the time.

How do you think about Alone time?  Is it a necessity, an after thought, awesome or scary?

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