Monday, August 2, 2010

It's no secret...
I love alone time.
Quiet time.
All by myself.
Away from home.

I know I have said before that I love to take drives by myself with my camera.
Oh, I do.
Music if I want it, silence if I don't.
No one to talk to, no one to answer to.
I can go wherever I want.

I always head out of town, to the country.
I pick a direction, any direction.
All the windows down.
Today I headed west, towards the sun.
 The light will be better was my only reason.
New towns, different roads, new scenery.

Sometimes I wonder if it's normal to crave this alone time as much as I do?
 But I know that for me it is absolutely necessary.
I used to sometimes feel a tiny bit guilty like I was needing to get away from home, away from my family and away from the kids.
But it's not really about getting away from them, or home...or anyone.
 It's just about getting time by myself.

To do something I want to do.
To practice something I love, that is just for me.
And just to have quiet time to think.

To me, these two little hours are pure bliss.
I am refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for the new week.
And you know what one of the best things about my Sunday drive was?
Not just that my husband doesn't care that I go, but tells me to go and says he doesn't even mind if I am not home until after the kids' bedtime.
Now that's what I'm talking about.

Hope you all are having a Happy Monday!
Don't forget tomorrow is Tuesday...coffee time...see ya then!


  1. Oh. . .I am so the same way. . .time alone is so hard to come by and a definate neccessity.

    I also have dealt with the guilt, but I am such a better mom, wife, friend, etc when I get that time that now, I know it is important.

    thanks for the beautiful pictures!

  2. Sounds absolutely bliss! Lovely scenery and you capture it so well. Looks like you also live in the countryside. Stunning photos! (every time I try and comment my internet goes down so I hope there isn't several comments from me!)

  3. Wow, Amy. You're becoming quite the talented photographer. Those are beautiful.

    I also CRAVE alone time, but I like my alone time to be at home. Lucky you!

  4. Wonderful!

    I am the same way - I'm not trying to get away from my family, but trying to get closer to myself. Even if it's going for a walk, I need a little time to myself each day.

  5. Sounds amazing. I love taking a country drive and just rolling down the windows and breathing in that country fresh air...and just having 'me' time. I completely know what you mean. It is nice to have that time every once in a while. ;)

  6. i'm like you and need alone time, too. at first it was hard for my husband to understand, but after 13 years together he finally gets it and even helps with it. thank heavens for supportive husbands!

    your photos from your time are amazing! the scenery and the lighting. so beautiful!!

  7. oh Amy... this is wonderful thing to do for your self. I would so love to do it too. I rarely get away on my own but I would so love to. I love that photo with the beautiful clouds and sky above the grass.

  8. Ohhhhhh. My. Goodness.
    Beauty-filled pictures, dear. I love it.
    I think it's wonderful, what you get to do sometimes. Alone. Camera. You. Whatever. :)

  9. Amy... that sounds so incredible. You and I are the same in that alone time is so important and crucial for sanity and for us to be who we are.
    Love those photos. The glow, just gorgeous.

  10. Gorgeous photos, Amy! I mean really! And I am the exact same way with alone time. I get super cranky when I don't get time by myself to just be ALONE!

  11. for me alone time = a HAPPY MOMMA
    It is hard to not feel guilty about needing a break from the best job EVER. But, hey, everyone gets breaks "on the job" except for all the Mommas out there..... and we certainly need one now and then. I love that you just drive, though. I am usually off to book club or a friend's house or something. A drive would be nice. Maybe I will give that a shot!

  12. Beautiful pictures. I also love alone time, though I don't get much of it :)

  13. i can't ever get enough silence!

  14. Yes! Alone time is wonderful and much needed for one's sanity.

  15. Good for you! I don't get enough alone time. Makes me quite the crab.

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous as always. You have a great eye. I'm curious what lens you shoot with when you take off on these adventures.

  16. Alone time is a must here too.
    Even a simple hour at Target can do wonders for this soul.
    I love the way you spent your alone time...maybe i should try that next time...looks a lot less expensive!!:)
    Ha Ha
    Enjoy the night

  17. Just wanted to let you know I linked this post in my Friday Five at Kate's Library.


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