Back in the day, being a single woman living alone was considered extremely taboo. Women were expected to find a husband, settle down to their wifely duties, and begin to have children. Thankfully, times have changed. Women are now taking the world by force. They’re waiting longer to get married, establishing a career, and living independently. Living alone can give you a sense of freedom that you can’t necessarily achieve while living with a significant other.
Illustrator Yaoyao Ma Van As shows a beautiful perspective into the life of the single woman with these incredible paintings.
Everyone wakes up hungry in the middle of the night.
When you live alone, you can eat that huge piece of chocolate cake without the judgmental glares. No need to count those extra calories.
Meditation is a great way to relieve stress in your body and mind.
It allows you to take that quiet time to clear your mind after a hectic day at work. When you live alone, there’s no need to worry about distractions, and it allows you to meditate in peace.
Everyone needs alone time.
Solitude gives your brain time to download and process everything that’s happening in your life. When you live with a significant other, this vital time can be extremely difficult to get.
The little things in life are what bring us the most smiles.
Smiling helps produce the happy chemicals in your brain, called endorphins. So, take your fur babies to the park, or spend some quality time watching the sunset; it’s good for you.
Spending time in nature is another great way to relieve stress.
It’s valued time away from the pressures of daily life or social media. If you like photography, taking a nature walk is a great way to get in tune with your creative side.
We all have our little vices.
So, feel guilt free when you eat that entire batch of cookies. Even if half of it was eaten in the form of cookie dough.
Stretching in the morning is great for your health.
It improves blood flow and it allows your whole body time to wake up. It’s certainly nice to be able to do this without someone bugging you every five seconds, wondering where their socks are.
If you’re anything like me, you hate being rushed to get things done.
When you live alone you can take your time getting ready in the morning, without feeling like you’re going to be late for work. And say goodbye to the sighs you hear when you’re taking a bit too long to get ready for a night out on the town.
We all have a certain way we like to get things done.
Living alone gives you the space you need when cleaning. So turn that music up loud, and don’t worry about the kitchen being a mess five minutes after you’re done cleaning it.
Create your own rules for meal time.
When you live alone, you can enjoy your meals any way you please. Even if that means being a bit messy, or watching a chick flick with your bowl of spaghetti.
Spending hours figuring out what your going to wear is stress free…somewhat.
We all have these times when we just don’t know what we’re going to wear. When there’s no one there to tell you to hurry up, you can try on every item in your closet without feeling silly for trying the same skirt on four times.
There’s no need to share decorating space.
Having your own space gives you the ability to mark your territory any way you see fit. Little notes all over the place, or pictures of cats on the walls, won’t be laughed at when you live alone.
Taking a walk by yourself is a nice way to get some quiet time.
It allows you to take in everything around you, without the distractions of conversation. It’s a great time to remind yourself of the things you’re grateful for in your life.
Are you a bit of a messy person?
Living alone allows you to live without the criticism about your little pile of clutter. So, leave the dishes alone for a bit, and open a bottle of wine, instead.
Very few people enjoy doing laundry.
And when you live alone, you don’t have to worry about making sure your significant other has clean work pants. You can take your time getting to that huge pile of dirty clothes sitting in the corner.