Perhaps I’m an oddball, but some of my happiest times are when I can just spend a night alone – relaxing, planning, playing dress up (more on that later) and just enjoying the pleasure of my own company.
Don’t get me wrong – I love living with Nick, and I love hanging out with friends and family – but as an introvert, I really do need my alone time in a deep and fundamental way. It recharges me. It makes me ready to face the world another day.
When I’m on my own I feel like the world is my oyster (although admittedly I spend wayyyy too much time on the internet when no one is making demands on my time). I cut pictures out of magazines and pin them to my fashion inspiration board (yep, even with Pinterest, I still keep a real, physical pinboard in my closet). I take long, luxurious bubble baths with various scrubs, masks, and lotions – and a stack of magazines. I dress up in my clothes I haven’t worn in a while to see if I still like them, and put together full outfits for future events, whether actual or imagined.
I just get to be me, sometimes.
Tonight is one of those nights. I had a lot of work to do, so I decided to stay in. I made myself a nice little (simple) dinner, figured out some outfits for upcoming events, tried a new eyeliner look, caught up on blogs, and settled in to an In Living Color marathon on TV. It’s been a blissful waste-of-time type of evening, and already I feel calmer and decompressed from the week.
Why can’t I do this every week?
Life gets busy, and part of that busy-ness is what makes life fun – but sometimes I feel so overscheduled, overstressed, and overcommitted that it seems like I’ll never have a moment to myself again. It’s important to reconnect with your most stripped-down, essential self every now and then – I hope you guys can get some time like that this weekend.
What are your relaxation rituals? What do you like to do when you are finally, peacefully alone?