Alone Days

12:00 PM

Have you ever done an "Alone Day"? I promise you it's not as depressing as it sounds. It's something I do quite frequently when I start to feel like I want to be out and about but I'm also socially burned out. I love hanging out with my friends - and do so often - but I also have a very hard time saying no to people mainly in fear of upsetting them. So I tend to accept EVERYTHING and then end up needing a break. On an Alone Day I can just do what I want.

This past weekend I set my Alone Day - coincidentally falling after Valentine's Day. Being single can be rough especially during this time of the year so I used Saturday as a day to celebrate being single. I planned to do a bunch of things I have been wanting to do - some of which were out of my comfort zone - and enjoy just being alone for the day. I made these plans well before I even read this article but after finding it through the Girls' Night In newsletter I had my ah-ha moment! This is why I enjoy being alone! In short it explains that alone time is essential to a healthy social life. That when you are alone and content being alone it's a great indicator that you are socially healthy. I highly recommend reading it!

I started my Saturday morning in Waverly. There are a lot of areas in Baltimore I am VERY familiar with and others I rarely get out to and explore, Waverly is one of those areas in the latter camp. I'm not a big breakfast person but I knew I really wanted to go to Pete's Grille on Greenmount. I had three very fluffy, delicious pancakes and three sausage links for the very inexpensive total of $11. Service was quick, everyone was extremely friendly, but it should be noted that it's tiny in there! So maybe get in early if you want to nab a seat with no wait.

After I swung by Local Color Flowers. My friend Jessica works there and I had been meaning to go for AGES. That beautiful hand painted mural was done by her! I bought a bouquet of tulips to brighten my space and usher some early spring into my life.

My last stop in Waverly was the Book Thing of Baltimore. They opened for one day only and despite me definitely NOT needing anymore books how can you resist the allure of free books? I managed to find four books to bring home with me: The Benefactor by Susan Sontag, Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson, A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami and Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt.

I then made  by way to Station North to go to The Charles Theatre to see Parasite. I will say I'm not particularly... good with movie theaters. They tend to make me super anxious, I'm unable to sit still and I feel like I'm annoying/bothering everyone around me. I'm trying to be better with this so I figured a matinee movie would probably be a "safer" option than a more packed late night showing. I've heard AMAZING things about Parasite - and all it's Oscar wins - what would be a better movie to start 2020 with right? (P.S. I loved it, it's a must see!)

And that was my Saturday! I ended up getting home around 4:30pm, taking a quick nap, and just lazed around for the rest of the day. Looking forward to having more Alone Days when the weather begins to perk up. I'm dying for a chance to stroll some parks without freezing my toes off!


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