Single person households are growing steadily. Most single-person households are located in the country’s large urban areas. In Manhattan and Washington, D.C., for example, about half of households have single occupants, and in some neighborhoods the proportion is two-thirds. Some studies attribute this to economic factors, the rate of living alone tends to grow fastest during periods of economic expansion. Other studies focus on improved health and finances among older people and younger ones waiting longer to marry. Still other analyst say that Americans simply prefer privacy and that increasing economic resources are often used to purchase this in the form of living alone. Whatever the reason, a growing number of us live alone.
While it is true that singles tend to get out of the house more than those living with others to engage in all kinds of social activities, often it isn’t easy filling all the hours of a day alone, especially in the evening and this can be even more emotionally apparent during the holidays.
Stay engaged! Here is my weekly go to list for enjoyable evening activities.
Monday evenings I pull out my deck of Tarot cards, ask a question and arrange nine cards on the table in the traditional Celtic cross spread. I allow my subconscious mind to speak through what I project onto the card images, thoughts, feelings or memories. I always come away with new insights! Interested in purchasing my deck, visit the books page of my website. http://www.attarcoaching.com/books.html
Tuesday evening is reserved for a Toastmasters meeting. I love Toastmasters and look forward to participating by stepping into one of the many roles that help the meeting run smoothly. I love giving a new speech even more.
On Wednesday evenings, I enjoy filling the pages of my journal with collage. Each page has a different focus. I cut images from magazines that attract me and paste them into a design. I’m always surprised with the results. This works best when my mind is empty, and I am in the state of Flow.
Thursday evening is reserved for a swim at the YMCA.
Friday evenings, these days, I am filling the pages of a wonderful book composed by the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto: 642 Things to Write About.
Saturday evenings I pull out my water colors and paint.
Sunday is for planning the weeks goals and reviewing my finances.
Now granted, this is a list for a true introvert. But…how do you spend your evenings?