The 5 Best and Worst Things About Living Alone

This is probably the only good selfie I have ever taken. 

I’ve lived alone now for over three months, and I have learned some good and bad things about the situation to share with you. 

First up, the best things:

1. There’s no one to complain if I leave the dishes in the dishwasher or sink for a few days. This is a big one for me. Living at my parents’ house meant that if the dishes were clean, the dishwasher should be emptied and possibly reloaded before Mom got home from work. Now, I can leave the dishes until I run out of them. 

2. Everything is where I, and no one else, want it. There’s nothing like decorating or furnishing a place from scratch to see what your style really is. I can have books and yarn in every nook and cranny of my apartment, and I’m the only one who has a say in the matter. 

3. All the time to myself really solidifies what I want in life. The times that I am able to just sit and reflect are some of the best I’ve had since moving. I’m able to take steps towards the life I want; I can go where I want, when I want; I don’t get interrupted when I am reading the Word, knitting, writing, or doing anything else. I’m able to focus on what is most important to me – my relationship with God – and not feel like I should be doing something else instead. 

Now the not-so-great things:

4. There is no one else to share the responsibilities with. This refers both to the financial responsibilities as well as the cleaning, cooking, etcetera. When you live alone, you have to deal with everything alone. I can’t ask someone else to do the dishes, because try as he might, Hugo the cat just won’t do them. 

5. When something funny or exciting happens, there’s no one there to share it with. The same holds true for the sad, scary, frustrating things as well. I’ve come home from long days at work and not had anyone to share these things with. 

Whether you live alone or not, there are bound to be similar things you like or dislike about your living situation. This is how it is for now. It won’t always be like this. Enjoy the awesome things about living alone while I can. These are the things that I need to keep in mind while I live alone.

Does anyone else live alone? What’s your favorite part about living alone?

Summer Update

Summer’s here, which means long days and nights, sleeping in, reading and knitting like its my job, and generally doing whatever I want because I can. I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I have posted here, but it is understandable, since life and work have been so crazy. 

Work was busy for the longest time, with testing and stress up the wazoo. I barely had time to read blogs, let alone write some. I’m planning on looking for a blog reader, so that I can try to stay on top of blog reading this upcoming school year. 

I moved! I was living at my parents’ house for the past six years, and it was time to move on.  I actually live only ten minutes from them, and for a while was going there every weekend to do laundry, since I didn’t have a washer and dryer yet. Now, I have some, courtesy of my aunt and uncle, who located one from a neighbor for me to purchase. 

I’m also now a cat-mama. I have adopted a rescue cat named Hugo. He is five years old, and a tabby with very little white fur.  

 I’ve had him for almost a month, and already, I feel like my stress has gone down. 

I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t think of it all right now. I’ve been reading a few interesting books that I want to review on here, perhaps this summer I will get to it. 

I hope to not go for so long without a post again. 

What’s your summer been like so far? 

4 Lessons You Learn When the Power Goes Out

As large parts of New England are covered in snow, possibly losing power, missing school and work, and other factors that come into play, I am sitting here at work on my lunch break, looking over old drafts of posts that I never published. I came across this one, which details what happens when your plans change. Besides the fact that this occurred last summer, it totally applies now, too.

I’m on summer break, and taking two classes, yet I have so much time to fill each week. This week I had the very best of intentions to complete a myriad of tasks, including writing two papers, doing some online training, and knitting a lot of things. However, our Ohio weather had something different in mind.

About 6 PM last night (Monday), it began storming. By 6:30, the power had flickered twice, and was out completely. I left for Bible study like normal, but checked in with my Mom before returning home, just in case I needed to take a different route home (I did) or charge my iPhone and iPad Mini in the car on the way home (I did).

I slept restlessly, as no AC + no electricity = bad sleep for Whitney.

This morning, I woke up for the fourth time at 6:30 AM. I couldn’t work on any of my intended projects at home, so I packed up a few things, and headed out for the day. As of right now, 4:30 PM, I am sitting at the library at school, using their internet, AC, and electricity to charge things, get work done, and stay cool. However, there are several things that happen when your plans change.

1. You learn to rely more on God, less on yourself. This isn’t the first time our power has gone out for a while (last time it went out in the summer like this, it stayed off for over a week!), so it is also not the first time I have gone with this little sleep. When that happens, it would be easy to just curl up in bed and close my eyes all day long (forget the fact that I still wouldn’t be able to sleep very well). But I have learned that in times like this, relying on God means receiving His strength and power to get through anything for the duration. Prayer can be a powerful weapon in fighting of exhaustion.

2. You get more work done when you have fewer online distractions. It’s not surprising that I get more work done when I don’t use the internet. I tend to get distracted (hello, Pinterest!), and then I don’t get my work done when I need to. And yes, I am on the internet right now, but I was able to spend time studying teaching material, read the Bible, and edit another paper while I was away from home today.

3. You become more flexible when things don’t go according to plan. Because your plans change, you have to learn to adapt. It’s not easy, but it is so worth it. It is because I am flexible that I can be relied upon at work to cover if we are out of substitutes for the day. It is because I have had plans change on me so much that I have learned ways to adapt.

4. You learn to appreciate those things you are without just that much more. In Costa Rica, I had no AC, no internet, no phone, and I didn’t quite speak the language (I could understand a bit of Spanish after the fact, but not much before that). However, I survived that because I was flexible and willing to do so. Now, without electricity, internet, running water, and AC, I know I can get through it, and that I will appreciate those things a lot more when they come back on.