Some journeys in life can only be traveled alone.
― Ken Poirot
Alone time means time spent by an individual or a couple apart from others. It is often used to ground oneself, or to do something creative.
In the northern countries we are known for this need of alone time – but I strongly believe we all need it. We just have to watch for the signs… even if they are not always easily recognized. You might for example need some time away from other people when you are feeling short-tempered or getting easily irritated by minor things; feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated; having trouble concentrating or getting anxious about spending time with other people.
My own reasons for needing alone time originates from being an only child, and growing up close to the forests and fields – Nature holds all the beauty I need in life, and I have been given the gift to see and to listen, and to rejoice in it. I am very grateful.
Grounding yourself is when you stay connected to the present. Instead of getting lost in anxiety and reviewing a made-up version of reality in your head, grounding allows you to experience the moment you are in. It requires being connected to yourself and provides stability and calm even in challenging situations.
Nature is an unequalled source to pour from – turn off social media, open your windows and let your eyes and mind wander with you on the path you choose. Personally, my favourite path is the one with grass in the middle…just like my childhood paths.
I feel better when I am surrounded, not by humans, but by trees.
― Michael Bassey Johnson
For many of us books and reading fill this alone time well. Reading gives us the possibility to wander into other worlds, while sitting comfortably in our own chair.
For me, photography, writing and sketching works well too, and so does painting.
I know that I need serious alone time to be able to function. For this purpose, I finally realised an old dream – A Room of My Own.
We need solitude, because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts.
― Tamim Ansary
Finding time to be alone can have a number of key benefits. Some of these include personal exploration, creativity and social energy. If you are not used to spend time alone, plan that time into your schedule and make sure that other people know that they shouldn’t interrupt you during that time. It might be helpful too if you plan out what you want to do –
This week in February, every year, I want my husband to travel for some days, so that I can replant my houseplants, alone. I can plan it as I want to, I can emerge myself in facts on the different species…
…and end up with revived plants and cuttings en masse – cheers to new life!
This year I also bought some airplants – they need no soil, just a piece of bark, some Spanish moss, and some sprinkling of water. At the same time I get the joy of creating interesting new arrangements.
New projects are always around the corner, but, I also try hard to just BE. Do nothing. Exist here and now. This is difficult. I wonder – do you manage it? Some good advice would be much appreciated.
Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.
~ Paulo Coelho
When I am completely by myself, entirely alone or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.
~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
A Special thank you to Bren for her soft and magical challenge last week! We learned new things and new experiences make us grow. Now we are looking forward to seeing your Alone Time posts. What are your thoughts, and what do you use your alone time for? Be sure to tag Lens-Artists and link to my original post.
I have been made aware of pingbacks not working, so please, send your link in the comment section! It seems the reason it’s not working might originate in the change to JetPack on my phone.
Next week, Tina will be hosting, and her theme will be – Finding Peace. Please visit her beautiful site for inspiration.
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I liked the framing of a natural scene in your third photo, Ann-Christine. Nice!
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You are such a creative person, Leya. I love your desk and your garden bench. This was a great theme for me this week. Alone time always renews me, even though I seem super extroverted. I love the examples of all you accomplish while you’re alone. 🙂 This is my post in case the pingbacks don’t work. https://alwayswrite.blog/2023/03/04/coffee-with-seven-mind-numbing-activities-overcomes-grief/
Thank you so much, Marsha! And you do seem very extrovert – looking forward to your take on!
I really enjoyed reading your lovely post Ann-Christine, you have so many interesting ways to spend your alone time! Thank for selecting such a great topic. Here is my post: https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/lens-artists-photo-challenge-238-alone-time/
Thank you so much, Sylvia, and I am glad you found time to participate!
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A wonderful theme with a lovely post.
Thank you kindly, Rupali!
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Lovely photos as always.
I think the one I like here the most is the one looking out a window toward tress. It’s an interesting contrast between wood and wood, so to speak.
Here’s mine for this one:
Thank you – I like that one too. I did not think of wood and wood – clever.
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Here is mine for the week
Ann-Christine, I really enjoyed your post this week, you have so many interesting projects! Your pictures are great and I especially like your quotes.
Thank you so much, Sylvia! I appreciate your comments and looking forward to seeing your post!
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Your examples are lovely, Leya. I could have focused on other activities I enjoy, like reading, writing and listening to music, however I decided to stick with nature. Hope you enjoy!
Sticking with nature is the best!
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http://sillarit.com/2023/02/26/lens-artists-photography-challenge-238-alone-time/ Here is mine
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Love the rose and path clicks.
You made us realise the meaning and value of solitude.
Thank you AC
Thank you for reading and commenting too!
You are welcome AC
Love the path and the rose clicks and other wonderful examples.
You made us to think about the purpose of solitude.
Then I am happy – there is a purpose…
Love this post…your image from KyrkoMosse, your Rooommof your own, the airplants especially! Will put a post together later 😊
Glad you liked it, Sue! Looking forward to seeing your post!
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Great post, Ann Christine, and some wonderful images…I love the trees from the shed at KyrkoMosse! And your airplants !
Here’s this only child’s take on the challenge … https://margaret21.com/2023/03/01/alone-time/
Thank you, Margaret!
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Here is mine. https://heavenssunshine.com/moments-of-solitude/
I loved this post so much! Thank you for the reminder. I’m leaving it open so I can read it again.
Thank you – much appreciated!
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Here’s mine: https://outofmywritemind.com/2023/02/28/guiding-light/
OK, thank you!
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Wonderful gallery Ann-Christine. I particularly liked the dirt road, the still life with pen and books and the view through the old wooden building. I was going to pass this week but I managed to incorporate your selection with a monochrome piece. Thank you very much for hosting.
Paul, I am so grateful you did not pass, but decided to join in! I have just read your post, and was very moved by your words. Thank you again.
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You have much to keep you busy and happy in your alone time. Wonderful post!
Thank you – yes, I enjoy my alone time as much as possible!
I do, too.
And you put beautiful words to it along with your images.
Another lovely post from you, full of the details of your day. The space you give to gardening is very inspiring, even though I have a decidedly non-green thumb.
Here’s my entry: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2023/02/27/how-much-space-does-a-person-need/
Thank you, I.J. much appreciated. And my thumb is only green indoors – not in my garden.
Here is a link to my submission
Thank you, Susan.
What a beautiful post Ann-Christin. Beautiful photographs too. I am jealous of all your wonderful houseplants. I am a better outside gardener than inside one – my inside plants get neglected.
Thank you – with me it’s the other way around. I am better inside than ourside…I’ll have to ask you for advice!
I am not sure if the pings are working – so here is my post for this week – some street shots from richmond virginia
Ok, it might not be working?
enjoyed your plants and the large version of those air plants is pretty amzzing – such wonderful detail and color
Thank you! We seldom find airplants nowadays here, but I found a couple some weeks ago.
in florida – the rest areas on the highways have trees with a lof of air plants –
but I do not remember seeing them 20 years ago – I wonder if this is a new and invasive kind f plant?
No idea, interesting question.
What a beautiful, inspiring post, AC. I love your images, the quotes, and your wise thoughts about solitude. Like you, I need it on a regular basis and believe I’m all the better for those quiet moments. I love your ”room of your own”–what a perfect spot to look out at the world and create whatever your heart desires. You are certainly a wonderful gardener. Your plants are thriving and very happy. I loved this glimpse of your world and how you enjoy solitude. Here’s a link to my post. We have many similar ways to enjoy our alone time.
Thank you so much, Patti!
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Hi again Anne-Christine! Here is the link to my post today: https://secondwindleisure.com/2023/02/26/sunday-stills-time-to-feed-the-birds/ I hope pingbacks are working for you (certainly not for me this week). Thanks again for co-hosting L-A!
Thank you, Terri – they almost always work…but not now! Can it really originate from the change to JetPack – because I changed it too!
That is a possibility. Sigh…
Beautiful, thoughtful post. Time alone is very special. Your photo of the sketching materials is both beautiful and perfect for the theme.
Thank you, Dan, much appreciated.
Beautiful post, A-C. You have many creative activities for your alone time. Like Tina, I am not a gardener, but I sure respect the skill of people who have the skills to make their gardens grow.
I really love that still life of the books with the pen. Wonderful processing and composition.
Thank you, John – and I am not an aviator but respect your skills! I am glad you love my old books, they are precious to me.
PS. My response is here https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2023/02/25/lens-artists-challenge-238-alone-time/
Being an only child vs a child with 4 brothers is not so different when it comes to needing alone time Ann-Christine; trust me! I love all of the activities you’ve so beautifully illustrated (except gardening because unfortunately I have a black thumb!). Your images are beautiful – especially the last, which is especially so. I had to smile at you ”encouraging” your husband to leave as you ready the plants for spring!
Haha, I can imagine…thank you, Tina! Thank you. And yes, very much encouraging…
This is a wonderful theme, AC! Beautifully expressed through your photos and words. I love how you spend alone time. I’m inspired.
Thank you, Amy! I am looking forward to seeing your take on!
Here is my entry: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2023/02/27/alonetime/
Thank you, Amy!
I’m an only child too. I think it helps you develop an appreciation of your own company. You’ve certainly got it off to a fine art! Great photos, every one.
Thank you, Margaret! I might almost have guessed you were an only child as well. There is a certain feel when you read posts. I can usually tell if people have children or not too.
So glad you liked the photos too, even if I have posted half of them before.
It’s always worth seeing your photos – again and again! And one disadvantage of being an only child is that when you go and have three of your own, you have no knowledge of what siblings in a family behave like!
Thank you for encouraging me! And True statement tha last one!
You are multi-talented for sure. Alone time is important, and as I’ve gotten older more pleasant than when younger. Great topic, that you coveres beautifully
Thank you very much, Ritva – and I believe you are multi-talented too. From your posts and art – you have so much to share! I hope you will join in, looking forward to it!
Thanks, working on it 😊
Such a precious challenge, Ann-Christine. We share a lot of interests and in a way I envy you the time, the alone time you have. Of all your photos, your desk is the one that stays with me. That is a creative desk if I ever saw one and it tells us so much about you.
Here is mine:
I am glad you like the challenge, Sofia, and I kind of thought we would share some interests. And the alone time – will come to you as well. You are still working and have a young family. I didn’t have that much time until I retired. Except for that week in February, reduced to weekends when I was working.
I feel warm inside hearing you liked my desk. That means much to me ♥
Love your post!!! I share your words and the images accompany them very well, although my favorites are the one with the window to the forest and the books/notebooks with your pen.
Thank you, Ana! I have posted those two before, but still love them very much – I am glad you like them too!
This post completely resonates with me A-C.! Beautiful and satisfying.
Thank you, Janet – I am glad it found your eye and heart!
What a beautiful post. I love all those quotes especially Paul Coehlos. My alone time is spent with my morning coffee in the garden
Thank you, Alison, and morning coffee in the garden sounds a lovely way to spend your alone time! During summer I find those moments precious too.
You touched me here! I so relate! Also an only child of older professional parents. Also atavistically Northern still in spite of a lifetime in Australia. For the last few years rather ‘grounded’ here in the country as I cannot be vaccinated . . . *laugh* Since I am a true Gemini there ARE two of us > no boredom! Seriously speaking, people know me as hugely lively . . . but the last few years have had an attraction of their own . . . no appropriate dress or hairdo or makeup needed to sit in my, library, looking out at the park, and talking to people throughout the world, not even a car needed! Actually, much love my days at the moment tho’ am due for a few changes . . . beautiful photos Ann-Christine . . . and warm hugs > Sweden . . .
Warm hugs back, dear Eha! I always look forward to your thoughtful comments and the…”no appropriate…” sentence is just made for loving! I did not truly understand about the Gemini though…your might clarify to me if you want to! The idea of a library hits me again – I know you wrote about it before, but it must be wonderful to have one of your own.
Well, Gemini (June-child) is that of twins – I know a number and all of us feel there are two ‘beings’ in the body! In that case one cannot get bored . . . just at times angry at thr other 🙂 ! Oh, the ‘library’ . . . well, I have always ‘lived’ a large part of my life in my study . . . which has every inch covered with books !!! Library!!! Love it – mine is pretty small at the moment but overlooks a lot of park greenery and is very, very quiet . . . !
My mother was a Gemini too, I am glad you explained the feeling inside, because I could not figure out the meaning of your words before. I don’t know how my mother ffelt about that, and now it is too late to ask.
Such a lovely post Ann-Christine. So many ideas and inspirations. I may have to do another post.
This is my contribution
Thank you, Brian! I am looking forward to your next post as well!
Wonderful photos. One of yours was so like mine that I thought it was a photo of my desk at first glance.
Haha, thank you, I’d love to see your desk too!
It is different but the same.. I’ll send you a couple of shots. It is constantly changing as I do both writing and art…
Like mine then – changing. But mine is always busy with too many things on it…
This is one, but my desk is constantly changing. I did a post on it a while ago so I’ll add that link as well: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2023/02/25/alone-3/
Although I still haven’t found the photo your photo reminded me of, Here are photos of my many desks. When in the thralls of creativity, any work surface will do: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2020/05/27/show-us-your-desk-you-asked-for-it/
Okay, Leya… couldn’t figure out another way to show you possible similarities in our desks and settings, so here is a post just for you…Hope it was okay that I screenshot your photo of your desk for comparison.
Judy, I cannot find it?
I posted it as a blog.. sorry. Wasn’t very clear.
Thank you, Judy! Fun to seen them side by side.
Your images depicting your alone time is so right on, Ann-Christine. I believe photography is a great way to spend and search for alone time. Because my Sunday Stills post is about feeding the birds this week, I went with a different perspective for alone time. Hopefully my post will properly link with yours tomorrow.
Thank you, Terri, looking forward to it!
Here’s my entry: https://flightsofthesoul.wordpress.com/2023/02/25/lens-artists-238-solitude/
I loved everything about this, AC. I can relate. Alone time is instrumental in truly making us who we are. The photo of the rose is my favorite. And the path with the grass in the middle, so inviting. Fantastic that you have a week, every February to spend with your plants. That sounds like heaven. And I feel better surrounded by trees too. Thank you for this chance to reflect on Alone Time this week.
Thank you for your thoughts, Donna, and that rose means much to me. I am looking forward to seeing your response!
Nice theme Ann-Christine and thanks for giving us a glimpse of your various interests! Inspiring 🙂. I like people but I love solitude. But I don’t know if I am as blessed as the one Paulo Coelho is talking about, for I love my solitude to be able to do everything I feel like doing 🙂 (although sadly, most of it is occupied by the internet since I laid my hands on a smartphone).
Ah…I recognise that issue with phones. I never thought I would get addicted to them, but I think I am. Sometimes I deliberately leave it at home – to know life is possible without it!
Good thoughtful read… and great illustrations. Must admit I love time to myself ( and Buster my dog) in the woods… anytime of year
The best time! In the forest with Milo too! Almost any time of the year…
I love your room of creativity it looks like a great place of peace and enjoyment!
Thank you, Nora, it is. And I wonder why I did not try to do that room years ago…but now it is here!
Love all of these images and this post. I am happy with I get some alone time. Thanks for the challenge.
Thank you – looking forward to seeing your post!
Wonderful post. I love my alone time!
I’ll post something by the end of the week.
In the mean time I’m going to check into those air plants.
Looking forward to your post, Dawn! And hope you will like air plants too. I put them on bark, but they can also sit under or inside glass with beautiful stones a.s.o
That country lane with the grass down the middle is so ‘you’, Ann-Christine. Life in the ‘potting shed’ looks good too. I’m not half so productive with my alone time but I love it. Often on that roof terrace of mine, with a book which doesn’t always get read.
Yes…it’s me…And I think you may have mastered to BE. Good!
Beautiful images and a thought provoking theme for the week. I have the same problem, finding time to “just be”. Looking forward to the ideas of others.
Thank you, Susan, I too am looking forward to reading many ideas!
Great great photos. LOVE that rose with water drops. VERY thoughtful theme, too. 👏
Thank you, John. I love that rose too…
Yeah, can’t get those pingbacks working. Won’t even let me post my link as a comment. I see one pingback from BendBranches, no others. You must have a full comment queue somewhere, waiting for approvals. I’ll try again: https://fairplay740.wordpress.com/2023/02/25/lens-artists-challenge-238-alone-time/
Thank you, John, I noticed it did not work, no. I have tried the reader, where I have found some entries, but Terri of Secondwindlesure said her pingback hadn’t worked since she changed her phone to Jetpack. I changed mine to a couple of days ago, so maybe that is the problem? But I don’t understand how…
I got a link to enter as a sub-comment.