The older I've gotten, the more I've valued any time I can spend with just myself. Maybe it's because so much more of my time is devoted to work, running errands, and making time for friends..it's no wonder I need a day to myself here and there! While some people may need to constantly be in the presence of others, I usually prefer to lay low and have some quiet time to myself.
2) Sleeping In On Days Off
Unless I have an appointment or made brunch plans, don't count on me to do anything before noon on my days off! We spend 5 days a week waking up to the sound of an alarm and rushing out the door, that taking my time on a Saturday morning is something I look forward to. My sleep is very important to me :)
3) Practicing Self Care, Physically & Emotionally
For someone who has a bit of a physical disability (I have minor scoliosis, one kidney, and a few other things), taking care of myself in every way possible is essential. I try to keep active by going for walks and doing some aerobics at home. Eating well and having a balanced diet are so important to me (and my kidney!) as well. Sometimes, there's a negative stigma attached to a girl who just wants to take care of her physique (ie. "Oh, you're young! Let loose a little. Why must you be so prude?" Trust me. I've heard it). Ignore those people who tell you otherwise! It's just bad energy.
I've also always struggled with anxiety, so things like yoga, drinking more tea, and spending time with people who are "good" for me are completely necessary for overall happiness and mental health (something we should all be nurturing more!)
4) Still Living At Home
As much as I want my own independence and freedom, I don't feel guilty at all for still living at home in this crazy-nut economy! Brian and I talk about this all the time, and we've both always agreed that we were never in a rush. I've never liked the idea of moving around too much, so we want this to be a one-and-done deal. Besides, we both don't have it bad at home and live a 5-minute drive away from each other (have you seen my cozy bedroom before?? It's been a great get-away in the meantime).
5) Being "Cheap"
For the record, I wanna state that when it comes to others, I'm anything but a cheapsake (in my view, anyway!) For myself though, I know how important is to save, save, save, and I thank my parents for that. They always taught us things like the importance of a savings account, thrift shopping, and not feeling the need to buy the latest "thing." We've always lived a very low-key, simple life and with that, came many opportunities to save on a lotta things we probably didn't need. It always feels nice knowing there's a steady savings account from wise spending habits!
6) Taking Social Media Breaks
Even back in the days of MSN, I always took social media breaks from time-to-time. The internet itself is a very powerful tool, and it can be so easy to get caught up in it; the good and bad. Add the "social" element in things like Facebook and Instagram and before you know it, you've got unnecessary drama in every direction, even if you didn't ask for it! It happens to the best of us. To help keep my head on straight, I remove myself from the "social media" situations every so often. It brings the focus back on myself rather than constantly keeping up with the Jonses, and you'll feel incredibly liberated for it. Just be prepared to hear things from friends like, "Where did you go??" Now, most of them are pretty used to my little escapes, and know I'll be back on the grid at some point.
7) Devoting My Time To Where It Matters
Much like my alone time, when I do give up my time to do things or see people, I try and make sure it matters as much as possible. Giving my time to valuable people, putting aside an evening to volunteer at the shelter, and learning when it's okay to say no. Life is way too short, so it's that much more important to spend it with people or do activities that help enrich you, not diminish you!