Friday, February 3, 2012


Over at Live and Love....Out Loud, they are doing a fun photography challenge and the theme for this week is "Solitude". I totally love this theme and I'm jumping on board! Setting out time for solitude, time for me to be alone and hear myself think is something that I need. Carving out time for solitude isn't always easy but, it's almost a necessity for me. Times of quiet rejuvinate me. I crave them and I know that I function better when my life has moments where I can take a deep breath and get geared up for what's next. I've been doing well with finding some "me" time. We recently signed up at our local gym and my time of solitude for the last few days has been at the gym, in the early morning, while my husband and children are still sleeping. 

I've been setting my alarm, dragging myself out of bed, getting a huge cup of coffee and heading out. When I told my husband that I drink coffee on the treadmill, instead of water, the look he gave me was priceless. Apparently, that isn't normal but, I honestly don't really care. 

I don't have pictures to show what solitude at the gym is like but, I'm going to share a few pictures that I've taken in the past that also represent solitude to me. I looked up what solitude means and this is what Wikipedia said:
 "Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway).
Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy."
The world seemed quieter to me a few weeks ago when we had snow. Our porch had icicles on it and that is super rare for us. 
One of my favorite places to enjoy quiet is outside, by myself. I don't get out and dig in our flower beds as much as I would like to and I'm going to have to get used to having my little helpers, help me more. But being outside, when it's quiet, is wonderful. 

So, what about you? Where do you find solitude?
Poetic Winter Photography Challenge


  1. I love this post. I can't believe you get up every morning before your hubby leaves and go to the gym! Good for you! If I did that I would have to leave and be back before six a.m. when my hubby leaves. Yikes! Wish I was that motivated! I'm impressed!

  2. Well, we just got our gym membership a few days ago and he doesn't leave for work until about 7:15 so, don't me too impressed. It's been super good for me though to have that time for myself.

  3. This is a wonderful post on solitude. I'm amazed at anyone who can get up and exercise in the morning. Maybe the coffee would help me out with this. :-) Your pictures are beautiful. I love the first one of the ice on the porch.

  4. I almost want to join the gym just to watch you drink coffee on the treadmill. You are such a rebel! :)

  5. What a great collection of photos! I love the silence that accompanies snowfall. But what I love most is the fact that you drink coffee on the treadmill. Now that is hardcore! lol

    Thanks for joining us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. If you haven't already downloaded the freebie texture over at my place, stop by when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

  6. Love your pics. I love the green plant coming out of the ground. :) I, too, need quiet time to read my Bible and pray. I try to get it in the morning and when I do, my day goes so much better. :)

  7. Love these, especially those icicles! Solitude every now and then is important to me too, my introvert self needs it to be able to recharge :)

    Thanks for taking part in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge!


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