13 March, 2017

Things I Love Sundays: Unplugged.

I didn't go home a couple of Saturdays ago. Well, it's no secret that I am an extrovert. I enjoy being around and with people yet there are moments when I crave for some quiet and peaceful time, alone. It is not something that I often get unless I impose it, which I did a couple of weeks ago. Sure, I like to hang with my friends, share stories, and catch up. I'm fond of night caps and late weeknights with colleagues. I dig long breakfasts. Yet three weeks ago, I had way too much of un-wanted chaos and noise. It did drain the energy out of me. I reached this point wherein I simply longed to take a break that sort of "people-fasting", to shut down, and just itched for everything to go on a complete halt.

Alone Time.

Of course - these things don't happen with a snap of a finger so the choice to not go home for a couple of days was a good one. No one knew where I was. There were no traces of me in social media for at least a good 2 days, but really, I was just in the city. But I tell you, that one selfish moment that I yearned brought me solitude. It may have been for just a few days, but it was glorious. And now, I promised myself to carve out mandatory weekly or if I'm lucky enough, daily me-time hours.

If you're curious » »» »»» nope, I didn't do anything out-of-this-world, but I was tempted to travel solo somewhere but I knew it would be 'bitin'. Being the responsible human being that I am, I can't just leave work and YOLO away... that would be super fun though.Ü My Mom thinks otherwise. I did little, me-time stuff and I liked it. I won't be surprised if I find myself booking a flight and going somewhere, alone. This is something that I have been wanting to do for the longest time, but I guess I'm just scared to do it. However, taking inspiration from my word of the year — courage, it may just happen one of these days.

I came across Think Simple Now and I love how they described alone-time as something beautiful and healthy. We all know how others frown upon solitude because most people think that it's lonely. That's just one way to look at it. Here's a snippet from Think Simple Now's article.

"There is a power in being able to find contentment in solitude. Bacon ( Francis Bacon ), wasn't far off when he ascribed god-like powers to the people who can enjoy solitude. If you are able to be happy alone, then even in the emptiest times in life you can find peace and even joy. I'm not suggesting solitude is better than being with people. Simply that it’s impossible to completely avoid aloneness in life, so it’s worth having a strategy to find joy in those moments. Enjoying solitude can also give you an independence that makes you less desperate with friends and less likely to cling onto lousy relationships."

P had his solitude, unplugged moment too. He went on this tour slash trek to one of the mountains here in the Philippines. He went with this group wherein he didn't know anyone. While there's a part of me that felt that I should have been with him climbing that mountain, I just could not get myself to be a clingy and demanding person. That was his much-needed, sacred me-time. If situations were reversed, I'd want him to respect my time alone, too.Ü Anyways he came back re-charged and all jazzed up.



Have you ever craved for me-time? What things do you enjoy doing alone? I like taking long walks. I can also spend days worth learning how to do make-up ( from YouTube, of course ), but next month or next next month, I'm gonna try to squeeze in taking make-up lessons.  Peace + Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.



Things I Love Sundays: Making 2017 Count

65 comments:

Bhushavali N said...

At times solitude is bliss! Once in a while we need it. There have been some Sundays when I sat home all day, watched youtube videos, cooked and ate some simple food and its just perfect!

Fred Hawson said...

I really like to unplug at least once a week. Sunday is family day. So I enjoy a quiet midweek day for myself, usually a Thursday.

Franc said...

I have to agree on the power of solitude. You can really reflect on so many things and put in perspective.

Jason P. said...

I can definitely relate to this. Instead of wanting to go out every Sunday I actually just want to chill at home nowadays and stay away from my everyday life :O

Jasmine Eclipse said...

I loved this post! I always feel so guilty when I say I need my alone time, or turn down visiting friends/family just to spend time by myself, but I think we all need time to recharge and be alone. It's so important!

Jojo Vito | The Happy Trip said...

I am also an extrovert person, but I made sure to spend some quite time alone for reflections and be at peace with my Creator :)

Elizabeth O. said...

I think this is awesome. Everyone needs a me-time. I really enjoy times alone even if I'm not doing anything special, because I get to sit back and relax and not mind anyone else but me.

Michelle said...

My me-time usually ends up being a matinee movie and a window-shopping walk. Then I'll grab a late lunch by myself. I think it's important to enjoy your own company. =)

Anna Nuttall said...

I love quite -me- time. My me time is sitting on the sofa and reading a book. xx

A Busy Bees Life said...

I think it is always great to have some alone time. Sometimes, peace and quiet is needed in order to clear our minds and just have a break and some moments of peace and quiet.

Kristabel said...

Ah! The sweet sound of silence. I love me time and sundays, thank God are just perfect. I'm back from church and I have luncch, then I lie down, take a nap and when I wake up, I just drift off in thought. When I come back, everything then makes sense.

Fatima Torres said...

I love me some down time on Sundays. I usually plan my week on Sundays, but it's good to take a little time to just relax.

Ghastly Girl said...

As an introvert I absolutely have to have my me time to recharge every once in a while. Courage can be difficult sometimes. I have struggled with it for years, but I have really been working on pushing myself out of my comfort zone a lot in recent years. So far it has been rewarding. I hope you take that flight and enjoy it :)

RainbowDiaries Singapore said...

A big yes for Me-time for me! It energizes me to face the world again...Pampering massage or facial would be a great Me-time for me.

Albert "vinc3nt" Santiago said...

I never had a me-time for so long. Honestly,I need an escape plan for friends, family, relatives and officemates. Still struggling on how it will happen this weekend.

Emma Oxley said...

Me-time is so important. I like to spend time on my own with my own thoughts and I find that it really de-stresses me! I like to walk with a podcast - that's my alone time!

Gábor Van Tolna said...

You can always travel on the weekends to close destinations... I really travelled 52 weekends in a row before I broke the chains of work...

Elizabeth said...

I like keeping busy and being sociable, but yes, I definitely crave the quiet and solitude too. Especially during the after school chaos, lol!

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

I guess everyone need to get away from the people once in a while so that we can sort out our thoughts... For me, I do this frequently by walking a few train stops instead of just taking the train. I wish I had more motivation to get in touch with Mother Nature and do some walks at the Gardens~

Fully Housewifed said...

I treasure my moments of solitude. I even have nostalgic memories of me being on my own and in my thoughts from years ago, haha. That's how seldom I get to have time for myself nowadays.

Evelyn Reese said...

Alone time is so important to refresh and re-group yourself from kids and husband. It helps you stay on track to being your best and yes I feel guilty saying I need this time too.

Masshole Mommy said...

I need alone time at least once a day. it really helps me clear my head and decompress.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I do have times when i love being alone, sometimes I just want to curl up and read or have a nice bath or just be quiet.

Candace Kage said...

Peace and quiet, not answering phone or computer. Lounging in pj's all day. Reading a book and soaking in the tub. Better than a weekend get away .

Christy Maurer said...

I'm the opposite! I don't like leaving home much, but when I do I am usually fine. It's just that I would much rather be home in my pjs!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I love me time! Normally I just read a book, and I'm good to go. Sometimes I like to go to the store by myself. That's also amazing.

Destany Pingle said...

I love my me time. I don't completely disappear, tho. I just go away to for a few hours, alone, to recharge.

Christopher Lewis said...

This is so important. I do not always find me-time, but I do try! I love to be able to get out for a run or even to go to see a movie!

Tina Butler said...

I get a lot of alone time as I work from home, but I still feel guilty. Even thought it is work it is still relaxing.

DJ Murphy said...

Taking time for yourself is really important! I'm glad you were able to get that time. :) I'm mostly an extrovert, I like to be out and about among people, but I definitely need a little downtime as well!

Jenn said...

Yes to so much of this. Sometimes I really need to find the place to gain some inner strength to recharge and regain my focus. I think I'm way over due at the moment.

Beth Davidson said...

I don't have time for alone time right now, but maybe one day I will again. I like the Bacon quote - I used to travel by myself a lot, just because, and people would say things like "how brave." So many people really can't handle being alone, but it can be so great!

Anosa Malanga said...

I must say i carve me-time all the time but now I am thinking I am getting too used it and need to start socialising again like normal people

Pam said...

I love carving out me time. I try to travel alone every so often to reset myself and get some solitude.

Kathryn Kinsley said...

Now that I'm married, I do crave me-time more often. I feel bombarded when I get home from work and have to start dinner or run errands.

Ellie Augustin said...

I need alone time with a full house (4 kids from 18-3) it can get crazy. I need those times to regroup and refresh. I tell my family trust me this is is not only for my well being but yours too LOL..

Dina said...

I am one of those people who is usually in bed at 9. That's because I need o be alone. I like to be with friends but then I'm ready to go home too.

Brandi Kennedy said...

There is definitely something powerful about taking time to be alone for a while. I have friends who thinks it's totally weird that I like being alone so much.

The Mid Life Guru said...

I'm an extrovert as well but sometimes I just need alone time. It is so refreshing.

Holly said...

I'm with you times a thousand on the need for occasional solitude. I've been know to unplug for days myself and refrain from anything that requires me to put on actual pants! lol It's what keeps me sane.

My Teen Guide said...

Some alone time is what I really need. Not a few minutes, or a few hours. I need a full day of alone time. There are so many things that are made known to someone who is alone with themselves. I wish I could have this luxury soon. It is much, much needed.

ana de jesus said...

Your completely right, as much as I love being around other people it can be draining so I love to carve out some me time. Glad you enjoyed yours x

Andy Masaki said...

I love Sundays just because I play with my kids.I like taking long walks while I am alone. Your story a bit similar with mine Russ .. Thanks for sharing what you love doing in Sundays !!

Unknown said...

Great post. Taking time out and having 'me' time is refreshing. Traveling solo is also very empowering, as you are already aware.

Anonymous said...

My quiet time is in the yard these days. Hence, I am at more peace and one with the universe during the warmer months than i am during winter.

Kiwi said...

Im an extrovert but too much energy will make you go into solicitude. I have to go into solitude to recharge.

Wanderlust Vegans said...

I try to make Saturday my do nothing, unplug, do anything I want kind of day. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't

Parent Palace said...

Sunday quiet time is my favorite as well. I love to curl up and get lost in a good book!

Jessica Hughes said...

As a busy Mommy, my alone time and me moments are few and far between right now. This means that I savor them all the more when I am able to carve out that time just for me. I think we all need to have that time in solitude every now and then.

Heather Jones said...

I think it's great to step away from world as you know it for a little while, to disconnect. I'm glad you got this chance.

Olivia Douglass said...

This is a great reminder to unplug and spend time as a family. I work so much and am always on the go so it is hard for me to unplug! I need to, though!

Love You Wedding said...

Having some alone time is the best way to maintain my sanity. The world is getting so crazy, working to make a living leaves little to no time at all for meditation and solitude. Your article is so spot on. Spending time away from it all is like therapy.

Kelly @ XterraWeb said...

Having quiet time or me time is important. It's part of self-care—something I discovered I am horrible with in the last year or so. I now have me time five days per week at the gym. I get me time, quiet time, and I am making healthy changes. If I want to be quiet and reflect, I can do this on a treadmill, elliptical, or bike. If I put in headphones, I don't have to worry about anyone talking to me or getting distracted by what is going on around me. It's nice to have a break from everything and everyone from time to time.

Lieutenant Neha said...

Yes it is true. In the solitude time a person get to know his or her inner power and then come out with the best inside him.

Hannah Marie said...

I am an introvert and I love solitude. I enjoy quiet moments and panic with big groups.

Kaitlin Ryan said...

I think solitude is very important to finding peace within ourselves and knowing who we are. It helps us center our thoughts and find what we really want. I love to sit by myself and read or go for a run. Moments like that help me put everything into perspective.

David Elliott said...

It is so important to be able to be ok with alone time. And it's also important to unplug from the universe every now and then and just be. That's great that you were able to do this.

Ruth I. said...

I always need a personal space or quality time with myself. I enjoy the calm, relaxing time of just reading a book or watching some movie.

Taty Pradilla said...

I do crave me time. Usually on Monday mornings. The weekend everyone is home and while I just love family time, I do like being able to relax and collect my thoughts.

Cindy Gordon said...

Alone or quiet time is necessary to recharge. It IS a beautiful thing and can be very useful in dealing with various things.

Coralie said...

With four kids, I am always looking for a little quiet time to myself and I love it. It is always nice to be around family, but I need the quiet for my sanity.

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz said...

I love traveling alone, it's so important to carve out that me-time. I need to be away from people and daily life in general once in a while so I can recharge my batteries.

Carol Cassara said...

We all need a time for ourselves. It's important that we have this, for growth and for some peace of mind too. I think its a great way to unwind and allow yourself to think as well.

adriana nudo said...

Quiet time is SO important! It helps me stay sane, haha! Love this - getting time to do things for yourself is important too.

Katriza Luna said...

Im an introvert so lots of quiet time is needed to maintain my sanity! Especially with two toddlers, I need all the quiet time I can get!