Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

Alone Time

Alone Time

Do you plan your weekend adventures during the week? I do, and it helps to break the monotony of the daily work grind. With spring finally here, I’m really excited to be able to finally be able to get back outside with Belle. I have been planning this weekend all week. It’s nothing extremely special, but I know it will be special to her because we will be spending all day together adventuring.

This weekend, we are going on a hike on a new (to us) trail!

I need some dedicated time with Belle, so I’m really looking forward to our adventure. But I also need quiet time. I need time to ponder without anxiety, to take in Creation, to marvel, to not worry about what comes next. I need alone time—but not too alone. And that’s why Belle goes.

Really, that’s why Belle goes everywhere she does with me. I don’t mind being alone. In fact, I like it at times. But I struggle with my brain not shutting off or letting my anxiety take over. Having Belle by my side allows me to take in my surroundings while also focusing my energy on one thing instead of multiple things in my brain. I have to give her my full attention, and that helps.

My alone time isn’t really alone. And that’s okay. Because it’s not about just being alone. It’s about refocusing my mental energy.

And it’s okay if you’re “alone time” is similar. Being alone means different things for different people, and having that “alone time” is dependent on the person’s needs. Don’t disqualify the time you spend helping yourself to heal. Any time you spend on yourself is alone time.

So, how do you spend your alone time?

Hitting Pause on Spending

Hitting Pause on Spending

Choices

Choices