something i’ve come to so appreciate, sometimes crave and hold very dear over the past couple of years, is my alone time. don’t get me wrong, you all know how big of a family girl i am and what a privilege i consider it to get to hang with my three little monkeys each day, but even after everyone is tucked in bed, and i’ve finished my work and can’t wait to hit the pillow myself, i have to just take ten or twenty minutes for myself to flip through hulu or take a bath. even when it’s nothing productive, it feels rejuvenating in the most needed way.
a few weeks ago, i was running errands in chelsea by myself after the kids went to bed and it was such a beautiful night outside, that when i finished my errands, i decided to walk all the way to the upper west side from 14th street, instead of hopping on the train. i put my headphones in for the first part of it and listened to some of my favorite music while taking in the magic of new york at night. once i hit lincoln center, i shut my music off and just walked in the quiet… even with the city sounds around me, there is something to be said about the quiet (honestly anything can be considered “quiet” in my book when i don’t have the kids with me.)
i snapped these photos last friday on my phone, when i took the afternoon to just have a date by myself in soho. the sweet ladies at paintbox invited me down for a fresh manicure (thank you, paintbox!), and so i made a date of it and took myself to lunch at cafe gitane afterwards with a leisure walk around one of my favorite neighborhoods (ok. and maybe a stop into one or two of my favorite shops in the area as well.) every minute of it felt special, and by the time i hopped back on the train to head up to meet my loves at the playground, i was missing them terribly, which is always a good sign. don’t let anyone ever make you feel guilty for taking a time-out from your usual day to treat yourself to something just for you. i think one of the best things we can give our children is the best versions of ourselves, and everyone needs to reenergize and reconnect every once in a while in order to work towards being just that.
a few of my phone photos from my afternoon out…
fresh pretty manicures make me happy. (my name rings are from here for those who have asked, although it’s been a long time since i ordered them and a few of you have tweeted me you’ve had issues with your orders. here is a similar shop that looks to have the same style of ring if you’d like to try them out instead.)
lunch at cafe gitane (i love this place but it’s not the best spot for strollers and babies, so it felt like such a treat to visit as it’s been years since the last time i was able to go. their avocado toast is my favorite in the city.)
so many hearts on the streets of the city right now. maybe they have always been there, but i’m just noticing them more as of late. there is beauty and good in this crazy world. little signs like this are a welcomed reminder of that. have a great week, you guys!