As much as I like to go out and socialise… And I do! I also like to be a homebody, and being on leave from work has allowed me to take the best from both worlds. I am enjoying my new home, I must admit it was hard initially to learn how to appreciate my own company, but I feel like I have overcome that hurdle and I have several things I would like to achieve with my new spare time.
I have had the opportunity for the first time in a long time to catch up with my friends and family, which has been awesome. Today I’m catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in over a year and we have been friends since we both started high school, and next week I’m off on an overnight trip to the city with a friend I used to babysit for then the following week I’m off on holidays with my brother. I’m taking this opportunity to enjoy what I have, and when we stop and take some perspective, even in light of misfortune we still have so much to be grateful for. So I guess what I’m saying is that at the moment I’m finding just being the in company of people I care about has become one of my favourite places.
Like I said I am also a homebody. This took my some time to adjust to. My first partner made me learn to appreciate my “me-time”. I used to struggle with this, I never knew how to occupy myself, I would rather go out and spend every waking moment around other people, after all I grew up with my brother (only being 21 months apart) we did just about everything together. The funny thing is he was able to play on his own and liked it which I could never figure out, but I would try and encourage him to let me play with him, I didn’t care what I had to do I just needed that interaction. But now, since learning how to be happy with my own company, I have learnt something he seems to have learned much younger than me. I’m getting back to appreciating reading, sewing/crotchet, writing at the computer and occasionally just sitting an enjoying the atmosphere.
So, my new favourite places to be at home are:
My study – it’s a nice sunny spot to sit at the computer, although not my only option, but it is where I have the desktop so that has to go without saying.
Lounge room – I know this sounds very boring, but although my living space is small it actually feels nice and cosy which is something I really enjoy, and I have awesome sunlight coming through there as well.
Balcony – It’s not very big, just big enough for a café style small table which I don’t have yet, but it’s a nice spot for coffee or reading, or a bit of both. I have some plans for that space including a nice comfy all weather reading chair and maybe outdoor coffee table. Dreaming big out here.
Courtyard – I’m just enjoying the fresh air outside. I have a small yard, but it’s nice to be out there all the same.
There is something I would like to add to this which I am assuming may become a nice spot is a reading area inside that I’m planning, I’m just waiting on some furniture to come for it. Currently it’s the least organised space I have with no furniture for it at all. I have all my books piled on the floor as I wait for a bookcase and a lounge chair. I love having a quiet space and I’ve always wanted a reading space so I’m doing it, and it’s right next to some large sliding doors to the outside courtyard (which really isn’t hard since it goes all the way around the house), so I should get some great light coming through there for winter.
I know it’s not much, but I think it’s important to find out what you enjoy and take some time out of your busy life to enjoy these things. Today I’m going to my favourite nearby suburb, where it’s old fashioned to the point they actually have horse and cart rides, but it’s a nice little down with some cafes and restaurants and nice shopping. I especially love the teddy bear shop, although I need to move away from my soft toy collection and just hold on to the ones with the most value.