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.When you live alone, you can eat that huge piece of chocolate cake without the judgmental glares. No need to count those extra calories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.