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Leave Me Alone!

I want to take a moment to remind you of the value of alone time! Whether you are a parent, a student, single, married…you need to take time for yourself.  Optimally this would be time for you to do an activity you enjoy, alone.  I note that of the top ten things I like to do in my free time, they can ALL be done solo or with a partner.  I find value in both.  Hiking, gardening, and crafting can all be done with someone…which is great for the relationship and can be great fun; however, doing them alone allows time for introspection.  Engaging in fun activities alone can help you get to know yourself, bond with yourself, and increase self confidence.  

Often, people who avoid doing things alone because they are afraid of how they will look, they will feel anxious, or they are judging themselves.  I encourage you to challenge yourself on those theories.  I have gone out to eat alone, gone to movies alone, taken rides on my bicycle alone…all can be incredibly freeing if you let yourself enjoy the moment! I assure you, most people are far too busy with their own lives (or smartphones) to care what you are doing.  Give it a try…choose something that you’ve been wanting to do with a friend, and go it alone!

 

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Finding and developing a passion

 

I have recently been reminded of how important it is to find, develop, and have a passion in your life.  My winter passion is quilting and sewing.  I very much enjoy the process of finding a pattern, seeking the perfect fabric, and putting the product together.  It becomes quite therapeutic.  This may seem like an antiquated hobby; however I liken it to carpenters building furniture.  The resulting quilt or garments are incredibly rewarding.

As I reflected on my own passions, I remembered several others: hiking, painting, crafting, gardening and reading to name a few.  What are special to me about passions are feelings you get during the process: lost sense of time, pride, joy, accomplishment, and serenity.   The things you are passionate about will leave you feeling full and motivated as opposed to lazy and worthless.  For me a contrast would be how I feel after watching television…I tend to feel tired, lazy, and unproductive.  Those are not feelings I want to have!

What do you enjoy? What can you do to discover new passions or rekindle past ones?  What have you secretly always wanted to try?

Employ your friends, purchase discounted classes or events on-line, think back to things you’ve enjoyed and take steps toward them.   No one cares how often you do it or how much it costs except you.  This is for you.  It’s time you make time for you. 

 

 

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Flying Ace Snoopy Quilt, 2012

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Backpacking, 2013