Silver Lining: The Great Be Alone for 24 Hours Experiment

November 25, 2013

The Great Be Alone for 24 Hours Experiment

It didn't start out on purpose.

photo by KNW

About midway through last week, I learned that both Sam and Jason were going on separate camping trips this weekend. There was a flurry of finding backpacks and rolling up sleeping bags and adding extra socks to all possible compartments on Thursday night, and then they were gone by the time I got home from work on Friday.

I have this inner voice that says "it's Friday night, and therefore you must do something fun or it's a waste of a Friday night and you'll miss out on something awesome!" (anyone else have this?) Sam was planning on taking the car, so I ignored the voice and opted for a night in. I stole all of Sam's blankets and cuddled up on the couch by myself. I didn't cook dinner for ANYONE, and I spent a few hours watching girly movies that never get picked with my two boys around.

It was SO RELAXING. I let go of my silly need to feel popular or do something important on a Friday night, and it was just what I needed. My alone time was never so intentional or purposeful. (Besides the moment when I panicked, invited myself over to my friend's house, and then when she said yes, I fell asleep. Friend of the year right here.)

After an early bedtime and a late sleep-in, I felt so much better! I relished in the fact that I didn't have to get up and do anything time-specific. When I finally did get up, I was more productive than I've been on a Saturday in a long time. Loads of laundry, some deep cleaning, and a good scrubbing of the kitchen floor. I listened to my music and went at my own pace.

At this point I was going on hour 16 of being totally alone, and it was time to connect with some of my favorite people. So I went out for breakfast with my good friend Caitlin, and later I went to see Hunger Games with my brother Taylor. Both of these people are so awesome, and I loved spending one-on-one time with them.

By the time I got back, they were home! My poor boys had to spend the night in snow and sub-zero temperatures, so hot showers were immediately called for (Sam had a huge snowball fight in the middle of Goblin Valley that sounded pretty epic though). Jason took a long shower, and then curled up on the couch with blankets and promptly fell asleep for five hours (can you spot the Jason?).

So now I've been thinking about being alone. I think as people get older, get married and have kids, it just gets harder to be alone. How do people balance it? Do you like alone time or avoid it? Moms, do you plan time to be alone? What are your favorite ways to recharge when you're alone? I'd love to hear from you! Comment here or tweet me @BrookeEmeryblog.


  1. i plan it! my husband knows that even a trip to the grocery store by myself keeps me sane! haha.

  2. I LOVE my alone time. I always have. It definitely has to be planned with a baby around but I am always so grateful to Race when he takes her out of the house for a bit just so I can relax. And I am SO much more productive when I'm alone too! I guess when you are able to relax for a bit then it makes it easier to mentally handle getting things done as well! Haha.

  3. You have the inner Friday night voice too?! It kills me, because cuddling up with a big blanket and doing nothing on a Friday is exactly what we all need sometimes!

  4. It's nice to have alone time. I adore my husband but I am looking forward to having the whole house to myself on Wednesday! He only gets a half day that day, so I will be enjoying the quietness of the house and the ability to catch up on my shows!

    Oh and staying in can be just as fun as going out! Plus sometimes it's actually cheaper!

  5. Brooke! I don't know if you remember me but I'm pretty sure we were in the same ward at the Elms?? (I'm pretty sure it was that complex.....). Anyway, I didn't know you blogged until I saw you in the same giveaway as me for Elise's Etsy Shop! I'm always so happy when I find people I know from real life on the blogosphere!! (haha) Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hey and that I love your blog! Hope things are going well on your side! Stop by and say hey sometime :)

    xx, Ariel

  6. I really love alone time. Love my family a zillion. But when I get some alone time I'm in heaven.


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