how do you feel about eating alone? do you do it? do you like it? do you feel like a loser or ashamed or weird if you go and sit somewhere by yourself for a meal? when you see someone eating by themselves, what’s your reaction?

i’m only asking because i found myself eating alone pretty much every lunch last week.

and i chose it to be that way.

you see, i have never really minded solitary mealtimes. but, last week, without even realizing it at the time, i chose every single day to sneak away and eat by myself. i only noticed the pattern as i looked back through my photos while preparing this post.

i guess my soul just whispered to me each day to go off on my own. and, in the moment, i did just that.

in addition, i also noticed that most of my photos were photos from last week were of nature. clearly,  not only did i feel like i just needed a break and some time to myself, but i felt like i needed to breathe. i needed fresh air badly. and i needed to soak up every single bit of the chilly spring air that i could. it wasn’t a panicky or upset feeling, just a “this is how i want to spend my lunch time” feeling. as i said before, it’s what my soul was urging me to do. so i did.

and during these times outside and alone, i didn’t really ponder anything. i didn’t think or not think. i just was present.

my  walks to and from work were similar. all of them took a bit longer than expected because i found myself stopping to snap photos all along the way, looking up at the sky or down at the ground. watching birds to their thing + observing the buds just beginning to peek through on the edges of the branches that i passed by or under.

i felt as if this week i have literally been watching spring unfold and the grass turn green. it’s been magical. and, the music in my headphones as i made my commute on foot did even more to make these moments truly sacred ones.

as i think back, i realize that these are the only times i am alone. and, after having so much time alone before when i wasn’t working, i have realized that i am still adjusting to the changes in my daily routine. but, the amazing thing is, i know what is important to me. i know what i want and need in my life, and how to keep it balanced. and i feel like i’m doing a pretty good job right now. there is a new balance that i am setting up in my life. and i am trusting the process…

so, this week, here are some pics i snapped during my moments alone and soaking up the beauty of nature. i hope that, even though you weren’t here with me, you still find a moment of stillness and peace just by gazing at them. i captured them for you… wanting to share the beauty and quiet of the moment with all of you.

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wishing you a few moments of solitude and peace this week, my friends. and, if you feel your soul whispering to you to go outside for a picnic or a meal or just a cup of coffee, i can highly recommend it. just listen to those quiet inspirations from within, whatever they may be saying to you… and then follow your own heart.

xoxo. liz.