I feel like I so rarely have time to myself anymore.

It’s not that I don’t do things for myself. I still take the time to go for a run or to the gym. Last night, for example, I spent an hour at another Epic workout that may go down in history as the toughest workout I’ve ever done. (Burpee Thursday ain’t no joke, y’all.)

But usually I’m at work with coworkers all day, then I spend my evenings and weekends with Joey. During hockey season, I’ll usually have a few evenings at home alone when Joey is at games.

I kind of like having this time. Don’t get me wrong — I love spending time with Joey and my friends. But the time to myself is when I feel like I check things off my to-do list and re-center a bit.

I guess this is on my mind because Joey is doing some volunteer work Saturday and Sunday during the day, meaning I’ll have almost the whole weekend to myself. My first instinct was to text a bunch of friends to come over and hang out, but then I started thinking about the work I’d have to put into making sure the apartment was nice and generally being “on.”

Then I imagined just using the time to take care of things that I’ve been meaning to take care of. Like cleaning out my closet, dropping off my old clothes at the Buffalo Exchange, really deep-cleaning the apartment, and relaxing at home (in my newly organized apartment) with a glass of wine.

It just sounded kind of decadent, ya know?

So that’s what I decided to do. I have a few things to take care of in the mornings, but I’m dedicating the afternoons to those “one of these days, I’m going to…” tasks that have been hanging over my head. I feel like it will make me much saner in the long run.

Do you find you have to consciously schedule alone time for yourself? Or do you find it harder to get things accomplished and be social at the same time?

6 Responses to A little alone time.

  • As a social and talkative person, I tend to have a hard time being along and/or qiuet… And as Jake is a pretty introverted person who loves his quiet time, I’ve had to learn that “quiet” doesn’t always mean “bad.” :P I think because of that, I’ve been embracing my quiet time more than I have in the past. Are you and Joey like that, or are you both pretty extroverted?

    xo Madie
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    • Justine Lorelle says:

      We’re exactly like you two. Joey has definitely changed my view of time alone or “unscheduled” time — he’ll often specifically request that we don’t make plans on a specific weekend ha.

  • My husband travels LOTS of weekends for work during the school year as a coach, and I relish my time to myself. I get SO much done, spend good quality time on my own/with my dogs and with my family and friends, then when he’s home I’m excited to see him. I know what you mean when you say you almost feel bad for saying it, I always feel some guilt when asked about how much Ryan is gone and replying that I don’t mind it!

  • Laura says:

    I totally know what you mean! There have been times when my husband has left for the weekend and I actually got really excited… I think everyone needs that alone time to recharge and just do things that we want to do, with no one else’s input. Have a wonderful weekend getting your things done and also relaxing by yourself!! :)
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  • Ashli says:

    I completely understand! I feel like my social life has been at an all time high since moving to NY. Not that I’m complaining by any means :) but like you said, sometimes you don’t feel like being “on”. When I have those moments I clean/organize my life, pop in a good ole Audrey Hepburn classic, light candles, eat chocolate & enjoy a girly evening alone.

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