I spend a solid amount of my time alone, simply because I enjoy spending time with myself. When I’m alone there is no one around to dictate what I do, or where I go. I can leisurely wander new locations, and I can eat at places I want to to eat.
My favorite ways to explore are through food, coffee, wandering, and nature. Not many people think kale is Gods gift to earth, most people drink coffee and it all tastes the same to them, and only a few people I’ve come in contact with think spending an entire day (or days) in the mountains without a shower sounds like fun.
Being alone means I worry about no one but myself. Go on, be selfish for YOU.
I find great joy in the simple pleasures of life like walking along the water with the sun kissing my face, or meandering through antique shops soaking in the history.
Discovering what makes you tick is like stumbling upon a $100 bill outside your front door. It’s a gift that you have no choice but to accept.
I love the handful of friends I have, which is really more like a finger full these days, but I’ve become quite comfortable spending time alone. I wasn’t always this way, so I consider this a long awaited blessing. If you rely on other people for your happiness, what would happen if you were forced to be alone?
I’m a simple person, living a simple life. I don’t work a 9-5 stable job, I don’t own a mansion in Italy, and I don’t have a strong mountain climbing husband to rub my feet after a long day. I work a job I enjoy (for now), I follow my heart when it leads me to things that make me happy, and I trust my gut when it tells me life is good.
I (try to) love what I have instead of dwelling on what I don’t. At the end of the day life goes on whether you have a rolex on your wrist or tattered jeans on your legs.
I don’t know where all this inner tree hugging granola talk comes from, but when it wants to escape I let it. Holding things in almost always results in discomfort. Case in point: the morning after a dinner full of cruciferous vegetables. Let it out..let..it..out.
If the idea of being alone scares you, I challenge you to face the fear. Go somewhere alone like a coffee shop or a park. If you’re feeling wild go to a restaurant or a movie. Love yourself enough to be alone, and life becomes a new adventure full of light.
They say you can’t love someone else until you love yourself, and I finally get it.
Bring on the love. 😉
Q: Do you enjoy spending time alone, or do you rely on others to go do things? I enjoy being alone perhaps a bit too much…. #loner.
102 thoughts on “Love Yourself, Love Your Life”
This was such perfect timing for me! I’ve always been one to a) hold things in and b) rely on others to fill the void. When my fiance went to Japan I decided to spend more time alone. I DO love finding joy in simple pleasures, and like you – the perfect cup of coffee can make my morning. I’m going to commit to spending more time by myself, doing whatever it is I want to do, exploring the way I want to, and I absolutely LOVE this sentence:
“At the end of the day life goes on whether you have a rolex on your wrist or tattered jeans on your legs”
SO true. I’m not great at being alone, but I’m getting there. And no matter how hippy-granola ish it was, it was true.
I can totally relate. I used to ALWAYS rely on others to do things, and kept all my emotions bottled – good and bad. These days I can happily say I am totally the opposite. I (mostly) speak my heart and embark on many solo adventures! When you’re “forced” to be alone a lot of the time it just gets easier with time. 😉
Great post. I can totally relate to this. Yes I have a husband and a family, but sometimes I do like to be totally alone. My husband thinks I’m weird when i say I;m going for a long walk. He always says he will come with me…….NO NO NO, I LIKE being on my own thank you very much. My ultimate dream is to pack a bag and just buy a train/plane/boat ticket to anywhere and just explore new things….. maybe one day lol
Oh I just love love love this and you. This post is the best. ❤ we're absolutely soul mates. SOUL MATES WHO GET TO MEET SOON! ahhh!
Brittany, I believe you have an old soul in a young body! You’ve learned a great thing about yourself at an age when most people are all about being social to the point of distraction. Love the one you’re with, right?!?
“Love the one you’re with.” What a brilliant sentence to relate to this, and so true! Thank you for this comment, it made me smile.
I love being alone as well. I can clear my head, work with my own schedule, and really focus on myself. I’ve become more flexible and enjoy the time I spend with others, but wandering around is my favorite thing to do. You take the BEST pictures. The. Best. You make me want to go to the PNW so badly.
I’m right with you. I spend a lot of time alone – it’s good for head-space and creativity. I love to walk alone (well, with my dogs too) and just take it all in. I love old antiquey type shops and old book shops, and love my coffee! I love your ‘capture the sun in your fingers’ photo. 🙂
Right there with you girl!
As I’ve gotten older (since 23 is so old), I’m learning to embrace and love my alone time. I venture out to do a few things here and there by myself, but realize now that I need to do more. Some weekends I find myself relying on my BF from getting home from work before doing anything, but why not treat myself once in a while? Funny thing is…I already have a date planned for myself this coming weekend, and I’m so excited for it. Thanks for letting your “hippie granola” thoughts spill out. I love ’em.
PLEASE COME TO THE EAST COAST AND MAKE TIME TO MEET ME. Gosh, I just adore you in the best non-creepy way. I am becoming a hippy slowly. I LOVE to have time to myself. LOVE the feeling of just breathing with son on my face and looking around to realize nature is gorgeous. Hate material things (even though I slip on this sometimes). UGH, just please let me know if you come this way!!!
You are too funny, I just love ya. Having material things is totally fun, but definitely in moderation! No shame there. If I find my way to your area you better believe I’ll be hollllerinnnn!
Nicole @ mymorningrun
This was such perfect timing for me! I have an upcoming weekend alone and am now looking forward to heading out and exploring! This was such a genuine and inspiring post. Thank you 🙂
Nicole @ mymorningrun
This was perfect timing for me! I have an upcoming weekend alone and am now looking forward to heading out and exploring. Thank you for such a genuine and inspiring message!
You have a wise old soul while being a fascinating young woman. I love visiting your page. 🙂
I spend an inordinate amount of time alone. I live alone, do most of my riding alone, went to my first movie alone in 1995, have dined out many a times on my own, taken many trips by myself, had many a conversation with nobody else around…………..
I’m looking for a new coffee “experience.” Recommendations? Something with a new and interesting flavor. Don’t confuse that with “flavored” coffee; ugh, no! Bold, dark roasts are my preference.
You are too kind, thank you for the comment. I can relate to all of what you said, and I STILL need to buy a bike (I’ve gotten closer!) so that I can enjoy these solo rides.
Bold, dark, and full bodied coffee is hands down my favorite kind of coffee which makes this coffee talk easy. Flavored coffees are garbage so we’re on the same page with this. My favorite way to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee is to pick a new coffee shop, and learn more about the coffee that they offer. I read about the tasting notes/flavor profiles (is it nutty, does it have cocoa notes, is the acidity high or low) and then I pick a food item (or just bring one with me) to pair with it and savor the harmonization of the two!
Direct your focus towards multi-region blends with beans from latin america/asia pacific for a combination of both the nutty and cocoa flavors!! Stay away from African beans unless you want the acidity to bite your tongue all the way into next Tuesday! Hope that helps, I seem to have gone off on a bit of a tangent.
I always joke about how I need so much alone time, I’d be better off as a hermit… Definitely an extreme introvert over here! But I still need that balance of other people, as long as it’s quality time. Definitely quality over quantity when it comes to people. Even in groups of 3, I often feel overwhelmed unless the other 2 are my super close friends as well. I don’t spend nearly enough time alone outdoors though! (Maybe it’s because it’s already 90° here and the AC is just too appealing?…)
I do all kinds of things alone. Shopping. Movies. Flying. I really think everyone would benefit from a little “me” time. Maybe it’s reading a book at the park, or just chilling in your room alone.
kathy at real talk
oh, i NEED to be alone most of the time. it’s why i love not working right now – i get to be alone most of the day in peace and quiet. i do my own thing and then come home and enjoy the peace.
there are times if i’m with my family for a whole weekend straight – and don’t get me wrong, i love them to pieces – that i need to get up extra early with my coffee so i can get a few hours of quiet in the morning to myself. if kayla ends up waking somewhere during my quiet time and is all up in my grill about something, i legit tell her – not now! mommy needs her quiet time otherwise mean raging mommy will come out and no one likes her! LOL
Amen, quiet time is happy time. All other human bodies need to be aware of that morning coffee ritual.
I relish and long for my alone time. Your post made me relax today just thinking about it. Thank you.
This is such a beautifully written post Brittany. I definitely love spending time by myself and when I know I’ll have a free afternoon or so I always get excited. And then I make plans. By myself.
I couldn’t agree with you more! I love solitude and simplicity and I believe both are essential to happiness and personal growth (I also love people and sparkly things; everything in moderation). 🙂
And this is why we like you!!!
Heather P. at Fancy Alter Ego
I’m very similar when it comes to how I spend my time! I like having friends to talk to, and foot rubs from my husband…but being alone just feels more “me,” I guess.
Hope you’ve been enjoying all the sunshine we’re getting this week! Monday seriously felt like summer to me, and I can’t wait for more days like that!
Monday was such an unexpected surprise!! It was so lovely. 🙂
I love this piece! I’m much the same – only a handful of friends these days, having had loads when I was teenager but now I really enjoy my own time. I regularly go to the cinema alone & see so many others doing the same. It’s me time and it’s precious to me. Thanks, I feel so much better about myself now, I thought I was weird that way! You’re so honest and it’s so refreshing to read 😀
You are definitely NOT weird, you have a sense of confidence and comfort-ability with yourself that many people lack! Embrace it. 🙂
Amy @ A Desert Girl
Ahh, so good, my fellow alone-time-kindred-spirit. I NEED alone time to keep me civilized for my non-alone time. 🙂
Learning to be alone is one of life’s toughest, but best, life lessons, I’m convinced. Great post! Thanks for sharing part of you.
Yes, also love travels alone
Lindsay @ A Runnaroundd Life
I feel like we’re so00Oo0o almost the same person. Alone suits me well a lot of the time. And I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself.
Wise words, you granola grasshoppah. 🙂 I’m pretty introverted and autonomous by nature (INTJ what up), but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more ok with being ok with being alone. I can own the fact that I don’t need a posse, just a wolf pack, and I’m cool lone wolf-ing it lots of the time as well. If people think that’s weird, well, they can just go suck a fat one…meaning fat cup of decaf, obviously 😉
Rach @ This Italian Family
It has only been as an adult that I’ve come around to the idea of alone time. Growing up with so many siblings and then roommates in college and then getting married right out of college… I’ve always had people around. Christopher works normal 8-5 hours, but I don’t. Which means that I have a couple of hours on my own every day. Usually that time is spent at the gym or editing photos or blogging (like right now). And at first I didn’t like those hours on my own. But the longer I’ve done it and gotten used to it, the more I’ve realized how much I love this time to do whatever I want to do most. Whether it’s taking Oreo to a park or watching bad reality TV… it’s nice to have some time on my own.
I LOVE your second to last picture! I definitely enjoy being alone and possibly too much as well. Some of my friends say I’m a hermit. And maybe I am somewhat but being alone helps make it possible for me to be around people. Essentially everyone wins with this one!
I’d say I’ve immersed myself into loner world when college started. The only friends you have are on a semester (or quarter) basis! I had to nudge myself to be okay with being alone and going on adventures by myself. I agree with you that it’s nice to not be on anyone’s agenda- you can explore away! This is totally opposite of my REAL social life. I have so many good friends and a handful of BFFs. I literally can’t keep away from the social scene sometimes. Those sometimes usually equate to unfinished assignments and hangovers. Still working on self control though.
By the way, I’m sitting alone at the pool on campus. Ha! Love reading your blog at times like these.
Thank you for the lovely comment, and for continuing to read. 🙂
I can definitely be a bit of a loner at times!! Sometimes I just love being alone – reading, watching a movie, going for a walk….of course being with friends and family is great too!
WOHOHOOO! We’re in the same club!
And yup… one needs to LEARN how to be with yourself. I’ve never been too good at it but then I went on a holiday on my own and absolutely super enjoyed every minute and BANG I fell in love with alone time. I also think that in order for you to LOVE spending time with “yourself” you need to LOVE yourself…
The bottom line is – we all need to be selfish and love ourselves because only then we can radiate happiness and love others 🙂
And, btw., my record of not washing was 10 days in a row but I did have baby wipes with me :))))
So basically what you’re saying is that we would be perfect backpacking/camping partners? HAHA. Your record beats mine I think, I’m impressed. Amen to all the other great stuff in your comment too.
Yup and yup!! 🙂
Searching For Ironman
I completely agree with you. I too, enjoy (and actually need) time on my own. Very well said.
Searching For Ironman
Ps: and yes, the simple things in life provide so much joy and happiness. Ons doesn’t have to look far to see something beautiful.
Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA
ahh I am so incredibly jealous of your life. haha I love being alone, I’ve always been that way, and really have only ever had like one friend. and I always figured I’d get to enjoy lots alone time and wander by myself. but nooopee.. I was so wrong. haha now I rarely get alone time, and for an independent person like me, that’s tough. ah guess I’ll just have to go on longer runs to enjoy some alone time 🙂
Love the sun pic of you.!
di @ life of di.
I think I love being alone a little bit too much. It hasn’t been as much of a change now that I have Charlotte but she also doesn’t talk yet. I think I’ll definitely want more of my own space once she does. It’s not that I don’t feel lucky and so very grateful to have her in my life but I definitely rejuvenate during my alone time. I was the high school girl going to cafes + movies + restaurants by herself. It’s definitely something I want to maintain as much as I can throughout my life.
Totally with you, so much so that I actually wrote a post on a similar topic earlier his month! (http://semisweettooth.com/2015/04/12/sunday-confession-i-very-much-enjoy-me-time/) While I can’t say that I prefer being alone or being with people more (it kind of depends on the day), I do think that both times are incredibly important. Being alone teaches you the love in your soul, while being with people teaches you acceptance and true love.
Thanks for writing and having the courage to share!
I am such a #loner! I find that one of my greatest abilities is to know how to be alone. I have learned self-respect by going on dates with myself. Why not take yourself out for brunch? Why not cuddle in a blanket or lie in the sun because it makes you feel beautiful? I used to be a people pleaser, now I am able to please others because I have taken care of myself first. #LonersRule
good stuff! i enjoy spending time by myself but sure do miss my friends having moved recently to San Francisco… definitely a good balance is the most healthy
This was such a good read on so many levels. As an introvert, I definitely enjoy spending time alone because I’m not the kind of person to feed off energy from other people’s energy. Too much stimulation is draining hahaa. After moving back home from college life, I’ve been able to spend more time alone doing things that I want to do on my own time. Do you like people-watching? I find it quite interesting sometimes while chillin’ at a cafe. 🙂 I hope that doesn’t make me a creeper! Being in solitude gives me a good time to reflect and enjoy the little things in life and pay more attention to my surroundings. Of course it’s always good to build relationships with the people you care about, which is why I love setting aside Friday nights and Sundays to hang out with church people. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and I love your adventurous and open attitude about everything. Hope you have a great weekend!
I LOVE people watching!! Not creepy at all, unless you have a line of drool coming out of your mouth. Then it’s creepy. My comment just got creepy.
This post was lovely from the granola hippy-esque soliloquy to the pretty pictures peppered throughout. It is true, you do have to love yourself first. I also think you always, always need to be able to support yourself emotionally and financially. When you look to others to be the source of any of that stuff, you could be in trouble. I’m glad you’ve found happiness within you. It’s a great place to be.
Loved your thoughts. There are some people I enjoy being with a great deal because they allow me to have the sensation of being alone (in a good way) even though they are in the same room/house.They give me space. I love going on walks in the forest and to coffee shops on my own. I love to sit back and just enjoy the world around me. I love just being able to be myself. I love the freedom of not having my judgement/choices questioned. I also love being with those special people who love me just as I am. I don’t have to put up a facade for them. 🙂
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I adore being alone. Partially because I’m selfish and don’t like to worry about anyone but me, and partially because that’s when I feel the most at ease. That being said, there’s no way I’d be able to survive without people in my life, but knowing I have a quiet place to escape to at the end of the day is definitely nice.
I like being alone, sometimes. But I also enjoy company of others. Just a random question, do you like you coffee black ?
Black as night my friend. I’m a believer that anything added to the brew taints its potential. 😉
I loved this post! I am getting married in two days and prior to moving in with my soon-to-be husband I felt exactly the way you did about my alone time. I loved it, I cherished it and I enjoyed it to the fullest. It’s funny how, once I met him, that changed and now I love ‘our’ time in the same way. Don’t get me wrong – I like my space and to be able to make zucchini and squash without any flack when he’s not home – but now I prefer to enjoy those moments with him!
I totally get this. In my last relationship I adored every moment spent together.
The older I get, the more I value alone-time, or at least time alone with just me and Ray. That’s how I re-charge! Happy Friday 🙂 ❤
“I follow my heart when it leads me to things that make me happy, and I trust my gut when it tells me life is good” – that should be made into a print and hung on the wall. gorgeous words. and you know, i used to like alone time. i studied abroad in italy my junior year, and i loved nothing more than spending the days alone – walking, exploring, drinking cappuccino, wandering into museums and palaces, following the river wherever it wound. now, however, i’m a bit the opposite – i found my people (people that make you feel like you’re alone if that makes sense — i suppose because they require so little effort and know you so well that they know how to make your moment better/calm you/when to give you quiet) and now i just love up on them ❤
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
I don’t mind being alone at all! In fact, with Todds job involving a lot of travel, I often am alone. And while I hang with my parents a lot, I only occasionally make plans with friends. You’d think I’d be all about meeting up with people to pass the times, but I totally embrace the aloneness. i seriously love how you write. I always smile after reading your posts. Maybe write a memoir! I’d buy it 🙂
The best part of being alone… letting out that gas like a boss (although, even when Todd’s home I do that, haha)
Yup, letting it allllll out hahaha. Thank you my friend, writing is so much fun. Perhaps a book is in my future. 😉
Arman @ thebigmansworld
I love this Brit. I used to be in the mindset that a weekend not out was something to be ashamed of- so much so that when I started to enjoy my alone time, my mum thought something was wrong.
Saying that though, I need a happy balance and good quality friends come into play then.
I love everything about this post 🙂 Exploring and appreciating, finding what you love, and loving yourself. Letting it out. I spend a good amount of time alone too and it’s good a reminder for when I forget… I love alone time too and know I’ll consistently love it even more when I figure out the best balance and keep building on the self-love.
I love this post! I don’t mind being alone at all but other than running I don’t usually go OUT alone. I guess I don’t really think about doing that. But I’d certainly love to try it. Take myself out and treat myself to something different – just me and my own thoughts.
I love spending time alone. It is probably good I have a family because I am one of those people who starts to get a bit weird after too much alone time.
Such a sweet post :). I actually love being alone… which is probably why me and my fiance get along well. I could not be with someone who was super clingy and didn’t let me have my alone time.
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
I enjoy being alone too! I also love being with my hubby, family and girlfriends, but I like to have a balance of being on my own and doing my own thing. Speaking of which, I’m about to go hiking on my own – well, with my dog, but I think that counts?! Ha.
That definitely counts. Extra protection too.
An Unrefined Vegan
I MUST HAVE alone time! Keeps me sane and un-mean.
Beautifully written and very true, I have grown to be very comfortable being alone and I thoroughly enjoy wandering and discovering places alone too, I have friends who tell me they would never hike alone or go solo to a restaurant because its weird?..i think they’re weird haha
I couldn’t agree more! 🙂
Change of Pace
Such beautiful photos! When you posted the pictures of the barnacles on IG, I thought it was a chocolatey dessert until I looked closer 🙂
I also love to be alone, a little too much sometimes! (well, now alone includes being with Jasper but that’s ok since he doesn’t talk yet!) Last weekend Kelly took Harold to the mountains. I had three days alone here and only saw people on one of the days…it was heaven!
Luv What You Do
I love alone time! In fact, I was trying to convince my guy to head out back to play with the neighbors so I could have a quiet night at home by myself : ) I’ve gone out to eat by myself and remember feeling so proud. Beautiful post!
Christina Does It All
Love love love this! I love my tribe, but I’m all about my alone time. Running and event blogging are my chosen outlets for treasuring time with ME and it has been incredible. Half marathoning solo, hot air ballooning with complete strangers, fancy sushi feasting, table for one please. I don’t think you can be fully present and thankful for others until you become completely present with yourself and totally self-aware of your own awesomeness. 😉
My thoughts exactly 🙂 I grew up as an only child so being alone with myself was something that was somewhat forced upon me but as I grew up and got out of my shell, I got surrounded by people but even now, I just love being with myself, even if it’s just for a short while. It’s one of those luxuries in life that I enjoy.
I love the ability to do things and enjoy your time alone – I don’t necessarily have it, certainly not to the degree you do, but I would love to be able to do more things out and about whether or not I had someone with me. I do personally enjoy being alone and doing things alone, I guess what prevents me is the silly social awkwardness that can go with it, you know “people will be looking at me and think I have no friends” kind of thing, which is ridiculous, because nobody actually cares. XD These days I’ve been doing a lot music journalism though which has forced me to go to gigs alone, so I’m getting better at it:)
Beautiful post. I always enjoy my alone time. I think it allows you to focus more on the little things you might miss.
Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
Great post!! I am very independent! I like spending time alone. I can go to the movies or out to dinner by myself no problem. I do like going to those places with friends too! 🙂
This is why you are BEYOND one of my favorite bloggers.
you are so freaking REAL and true to YOU, I just adore everything about you. I like to be alone too, and seeing as how I have only 1 friend I actually hang out with, I’m alone quite often! I do some of my best thinking when I’m alone, and though I don’t explore like you do [driving in LA is literally my worst nightmare] I do love spending time in nature just enjoying Gods creations and letting the world speak to me through its beauty!
Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
My gosh, you are so far ahead of where I was at your age! I’m just figuring out how important this is and loved my weekend alone. Sometimes it was pretty darn quiet, but eventually I got used to it. I will be doing much more of this for sure!
Miles with Missy
I just needed to tell you that I needed this today. I am not sure how you stumbled onto my Instagram to like one of my photos, but I’m certainly thankful you did. I have been spending a lot of time alone lately, in the PNW I might add! Which, I’m loving 🙂 The alone time is necessary for all of us. It brings much more peace than I could’ve imagined. I know everything happens for a reason, and today I am grateful I stumbled onto your blog. Thank you! (Ok, end of my sappy comment) 🙂
What a lovely comment, thank you!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
I used to hate spending time alone and I avoided it as much as possible. Then I took the plunge and went backpacking by myself for 10 weeks. It was the best thing I could have ever done for myself.
I want to backpack so bad….
GiGi Eats Celebrities
This is why we are besties – because we love to be alone. Funnily enough, if we were roomies, I would be perfectly fine with having you around, because you have the exact same mentality as me!
Karla @ Finding My Fit
oh gorgeous we are one and the same person. lately I’ve been LOVING having MY own time, MY own life… without needing anyone’s approval, validation or answering to anyone. perhaps that makes me selfish-but like you said, it’s necessary. we all must love ourselves before anyone else can love us in the way we need and desire.
We juuuuuuuust might be soul sisters 🙂 I spend a whole heck of a lot of time alone because I just simply love it. I like to joke that I’m my own best friend, and I think that’s pretty ok. I like to explore things at my own pace and not worry about other people’s schedules. Being independent is a gift!!
Not to sound like a freak, but I just love you. 🙂 I have SUCH a hard time MAKING alone time for myself. I am realizing that I NEED it, but sometimes I have a hard time because then I don’t know what to do with myself…or I get bored. I think I need to take some alone time away from the house though – maybe go hiking by myself or something. I DO love my “alone runs” though because it’s “me time”, but lately I feel like I need MORE alone time. Which is so weird because I love the city and all the people and being social and all that jazz. And chaos. I’m a mess. But then I don’t have a hard time – sometimes – doing things alone…like, I get what your saying about waiting around for people to do things. If I would have waited for people, I would have never went skydiving or gotten my scuba diving license. The girl who asked ME to go skydiving with HER, backed out the NIGHT BEFORE! And I went – by MYSELF – anyway! Time of my life! So, I HAVE learned to NOT wait around for people if I want to do something, but at the same time, I tend to just have more fun if I have people with me…I am starting to sound bipolar. LOL
Your comment is awesome, ha! I LOVE that you went skydiving alone!! I feel like that would be one I’d struggle to do alone, which means maybe I SHOULD!?
I LOVE the photo of the mussels on the post with the boat behind it. Is this where you call home? No wonder you love walking around alone. Beautiful photos, Britt!
Yessss this is near where I live. The PNW is a gorgeous place. 🙂
Gorgeous photos! I especially love the shot of the pier handrails on the marina. So peaceful.
Very insightful and inspiring! Keep motivating us to get moving and to get in touch with ourselves. It is progress not perfection and I cannot make any progress without taking steps.
Thanks also for swinging by my brand new blog. I’m mostly just musing and surprised any time I see someone stopped to read my ramblings.
See you around!
I always love all of your pictures. They are so beautiful! I loved this post too. It is so peaceful and motivating. I really try to simplify life as much as I can. I don’t get a lot of time to myself these days, but it sounds heavenly!
The Zen Kat
I’m all about your tree hugging granola talk! Great post, Britt! You’re so insightful. I’m not a big fan of being alone, but it’s something I’m working on, that’s for sure! I admire your ability to be cool with things solo style!
Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
Bravo missy! I love this post so much. So many things you said resonated with me. I completely, totally, and utterly agree that you can’t love someone else until you love yourself. Absolutely. I’ve eaten in quick restaurants alone and it feels nice (although I have my phone on me so I guess that doesn’t much count). I’ve learned, as I’ve gotten older, that friends are quality over quantity. And I love that I now know exactly what I love, and now that I’m alone I get to spend my time EXACTLY how I want to…aka doing all the things I love! It’s wonderful. You’re right — no matter your situation, the world keeps on spinning. We’re all in charge of writing our own stories.
Lucie Elizabeth (@CollectingLight)
AMEN to this! I used to be such a people person, but over the last few years Ive become such an introvert. I LOVE being with people but spending too much time with others drives me crazy – having alone time is a MUST!
I LOVE being with people, but long distance running has taught me to be alone and love being alone to think. Also, your comment about spending days in the mountains with no shower and real, solid coffee? Soul sisters.
I love this. I really enjoy being alone to recharge. I would say I’m a social introvert haha you have to be very confident and self assured to spend time alone not just sitting at home – like out at a restaurant or movie. I think a lot of the time being alone gets confused with being isolated but they are totally different things. One is detrimental and one is crucial.
I used to be scared to go anywhere alone, but I missed out on a lot while waiting around on other people. Lately I’ve been going where I need to go, whether or not anyone goes with me and even started going to yoga and bootcamp all by myself where I know no one, and guess what? No one bit me. It’s actually pretty refreshing only having to keep up with myself. 🙂
Also quinoa cookies?? Shut the front door!!
Nicole Marie Story
I manifest a deep love of quietness, contemplation, and being alone…
The Venus Family
I can totally relate with this. Thanks so much for sharing with us.