Comments on: Having Fun, Alone http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:41:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Rebekah http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432421 Rebekah Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:13:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432421 On Saturday I was fed up with waiting for others to include me or to coordinate schedules so on a whim I took off by myself and went to a fossil museum, shopping at Cabelas (haha), and out to lunch All. By. Myself.
It was SO FUN! I can’t believe I don’t do that more often. When I met up with friends later I was all smiles.

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By: Lisette Wolter-McKinley http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432372 Lisette Wolter-McKinley Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:16:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432372 Manicures and pedicures are a great way to get a little alone time while doing a little something for myself.

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By: Sharon @ Discoveringblog http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432323 Sharon @ Discoveringblog Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:02:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432323 I realized years ago, when I was young and all of my friends were busy with boyfriends, that there is such a freedom in doing things alone. My personality lends to worrying so much that the other person is having a good time, so there is a massive freedom for me to do things alone, and only have to worry about myself.
Not to say that I don’t enjoy company, but wandering around Greenwich Village with no one to worry about but myself was very pivotal to me. Do I want to go in this store? Sure! Now I’m done, and I’ll wander down here. Nope, I changed my mind and want to go this way. Ok, now I’m tired and want to go home.
I imagine I could learn a lot from the Artist’s Way – thanks for sharing it!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432306 Amy Hackworth Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:18:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432306 Aww, thanks, Tiffany. I hope you have a great trip! Fun that we may have mutual friends!

Our Artist’s Way group is really flexible, so we’re meeting every couple of weeks and moving through the book not quite a week at a time. It’s a perfect pace for me. :) Most of the work is still personal, but discussing it is really interesting, and of course there’s the accountability factor. If you can find a group, I highly recommend it.

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By: Tiffany http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432297 Tiffany Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:30:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432297 Thank you for writing this Amy! It is very timely for me. I have The Artist’s Way and loved it the first time I read it years ago, but really need to pick it up again and recommit. It would sure be fun to read it with friends, what a good idea. I actually think I might know some of your friends. I have seen your name and your husband’s fly around he blogs for a while now ;) I say your post is timely because I am going to Madrid with my husband next week and he will be in business meetings for a few days and I will be solo. It is funny, but I am actually looking forward to it. Of course I will be just as excited for the last few days when I will be with my husband to explore, but I am looking forward to spending some time with myself (and no screaming and begging kids– ha ha). Your post helped encourage me. So, thank you amy.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432276 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:13:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432276 What a great little project! I love this.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432275 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:10:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432275 Cool. I think it can be tricky to go somewhere alone when others are there in groups. Good for you, Ali. I’m sure it’s a night you were glad you didn’t miss.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432273 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:05:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432273 Thanks, Clarissa!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432272 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:05:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432272 Hi Kelly! Yoga and juice does sound renewing and joyful. That’s the kind of thing I would typically bring a friend along for, too. But maybe not next time, after reading your comment. Thanks!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432271 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:03:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432271 Well said, Martha. Getting hold of it IS tricky!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432270 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:02:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432270 Shadygrove, this is my third time through, too. Except I’ve never made it all the way through, so this time I invited some committed friends along. So fun to see you’re on the journey, too!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432269 Amy Hackworth Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:01:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432269 I love that this is sustaining you right now. Beautiful. And what a lovely time of life…third trimester of your pregnancy.

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By: Giulia http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432260 Giulia Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:15:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432260 i got a little stressed during the holidays,with all the being at home and having family and so many around. also, i had a big project to finish and couldn’t concentrate at home.
so i went to work at a cafe in the old center of barcelona and then on a “special” walk. it definitely pushed me to do something creative. look! i made this little video http://giuliaduch.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/llufa.html

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By: Kelly http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432259 Kelly Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:02:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432259 Last week i went to a new yoga class and juice shop by myself and had a lovely time (instead of bring a friend)…grateful when i do these type of activities so i realize it doesn’t have to be just me to experience them, i feel renewed and joyful.

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By: Martha Moger http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432258 Martha Moger Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:59:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432258 Hmmm….I have to say that after being single for many years and then getting married and now having two very small boys, I miss time alone like anything. I never doubt the value of it for fostering creativity and a new zest for life – it’s just getting hold of it that is so tricky!

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By: shadygrove http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432245 shadygrove Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:49:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432245 I’m just a commenting fool today, but I’m so excited to see this! I’m doing the Artist’s Way, too — for the third time, but for the first time with a group. (And writing about it on my own blog; you’ll see it if you click through my handle.) I do think the Artist’s dates — indulging yourself in general, playing in general — nurture creativity and general good human beingness by increasing positive mood. Happiness boosts creativity!

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By: Cortnie http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432244 Cortnie Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:49:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432244 I’m glad you’ve been carving out some solo play time for cultivating creativity. That is exactly what I’ve been doing lately due to a very strong urge to nest and create in this third trimester of pregnancy. I’ve found that when I have alone time I love to do yoga, draw/paint, walk around outside and take photos with film. That is so sustaining to me lately.

Enjoy your alone time, Gabrielle!

xo
cortnie

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By: Clarissa http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432242 Clarissa Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:33:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432242 I often go hiking in the mountains all by myself. Many of my friends consider this weird – but it’s truly lovely. It is not only the hike itself, but also the way to and from the mountains I enjoy. I can’t take a lot of books or my iPad as I’d have to carry them up the mountains, so I just spend the time thinking and musing about whatever crosses my mind. It clears your mind. Another plus is that if you walk alone, you remain silent – I’ve seen so much more wildlife on my alone-walks than on my hikes in a noisy, lively group. I like the idea of seeing time alone as a gift and not something you have to distract yourself of. Thank you for the post!

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By: ali lanenga http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/having-fun-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-432241 ali lanenga Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:48:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29882#comment-432241 i went to fashion night out in florence, italy all by myself. and surrounded by a culture and a language i didn’t understand, it was an invigorating experience. after i watched that video (the one linked in your p.s.) i knew i needed to practice being alone and attending vogues fashion night out was, in my head, my final exam to see if i had mastered being alone.

it’s a struggle, full of ins and out and ups and downs to be ok with being alone. it’s a struggle to be ok with your own company. but it’s a struggle worth working through.

i posted a few photos from my being alone final test, you can see them here if you wish. http://lanengalane.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-girl-goes-to-fashion-night-out.html

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