So, this week, my mom and I were having a random chat about our personality types. She mentioned that when I was little, I used to wave “hi” to random people passing by and loved starting up conversations with other kids on the playground. She told me that I’m the extrovert out of the two of us, but I’m not sure. I’m quite shy and enjoy spending time alone.
Over the years, my Myers Briggs score seems to flip back and forth between ENFP to INFP.
By the end of the call, my mom did admit that I always liked hanging out in my room and writing. I can say th
I grew up as an only child and always appreciated just hanging out on my own. Whenever I was stressed with school or events going on, I’d curl up in bed and watch movies. I’m the type of person who gains energy from being around other people, but truly do enjoy an evening alone just as much.
Here are 5 ways I’ve been spending my alone time lately!
How I’ve Been Spending Time Alone
1. Daydream and listen to music.
One of my favorite things to do in the world. Isn’t it such a wonderful feeling to put on headphones, play your favorite song, and sway to the music? Almost every night when I was little, I’d sing in my grandparents’ basement and dream that I was on stage. My grandma eventually bought me a karaoke machine because she knew how much I loved music.
After dinner, going downstairs and singing became a nightly routine. My family and I would be watching tv together and I’d eventually sneak away and play music. My grandpa worried about the basement being too cold and always reminded me to put on a sweater and shoes. Sometimes though, I’d dance barefoot and understood that in that moment, I was absolutely free.
The daydreaming has never really stopped. Whenever I’m washing dishes, walking around town, or spending a night alone, I’ll grab my headphones and get lost in the music. Since I live in a studio, it’d be a little tough to dance but whenever I move into a house, I’ll make sure it has a basement!
2. Hang out at my local coffee shop and write.
In my “What I Eat in a Day” post, I mentioned that there’s a coffeeshop close to my apartment. I’ll usually grab a seat somewhere in the back and think of ideas for blog posts or work on my writing. Aside from blogging, I enjoy writing creative nonfiction. In college, my English professor introduced us to a book called Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction by Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz. It’s been such a great tool for improving my writing in general.
I love the peace that comes with writing in a public place. The sights and sounds of people chatting with one another, typing on their laptops, and laughing soothes my mind. I’ll order my caramel macchiato, sit in my usual corner, and brainstorm.
3. Glam up and do my makeup.
Although I don’t wear makeup everyday, sometimes I like to experiment with recommended products and learn new makeup looks. I’ve been trying to get better at creating a glamorous winged eyeliner look and softer, everyday makeup. Aside from Tarte lip paint, one of my go-to lipsticks right now is Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Moshpit.
Sometimes, I’ll put on a show if I’m not actually going anywhere and just having fun. The other day, I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and tried to recreate some of Audrey’s iconic makeup looks.
4. Play video games.
Not a lot of people know this about me, but I actually really love playing video games! Adventure games are especially exciting to play when you’re alone. Right now, I’m trying to finish Spyro, since the remaster will be coming out soon! I’m not the best gamer, but it’s a hobby that calms my anxiety. I’m also into classic games like Pacman and Dig Dug. In the future, I’d like to buy a desktop so I can get back into The Sims again.
5. Cuddle up with a great book.
I’m definitely your stereotypical English-writing major when it comes to reading. It’s such a treat checking out a few new books at the library or searching through Barnes and Noble’s shelves for their latest best sellers. I’m a big fan of fantasy novels, fiction, and autobiographies. I just finished The Glass Castle and am looking for a new book to read. In the meantime, I’m rereading This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, which is still to this day my favorite book. I’m such a sucker for romance novels!
I can’t get enough of books that transport me into another world. I remember when I was little, I read Matilda by Roald Dahl and cried at the end because I was going to miss the characters! There’s just something special about turning the very first page of a brand new book.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, lovelies! 💛 Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful rest of your day and cheers to a great weekend! ☀
What are some ways you spend alone time? Also, have you ever taken the Myers Briggs test? Has your personality type ever changed? My mom told me hers has always stayed the same!