Self Portrait Sunday // Photo Booth Fun

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Yesterday, I went on a date… with myself.

I woke up, got dressed and put my face on a.k.a. contacts and makeup, something I rarely do these days. I went and had lunch at the cutest Chinese tea house in D.C. (more on that in a separate post). The waitress who seated me at my table asked if I was waiting for another person. I told her “no”. Her face changed slightly in a show of curiosity and so I explained, “I’m on a date with myself.” After processing what I said,  she smiled and said, “Very nice. I’ll be back shortly to take your tea order.” And that was that.

Afterwards, I walked through the city at a leisurely pace, taking in the Capitol sights while listening to Justin Timberlake’s Future Sex/ Love Sounds (a classic).

An hour later, I found myself at the National Geographic Museum and went in to look at their current exhibitions. The photos you see are a little souvenir from my visit haha. I’m a sucker for a good photo booth. If I see one, I need one. Nothing beats the immediate satisfaction of having the photos you took printed out immediately after.

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Afterwards, I stopped by Starbucks, ordered a chai tea latte, and read a book while my phone charged. Five chapters later, I gathered my things and hopped on the metro to go back home. The rest of the evening was spent on the couch, watching HGTV and eating kettle corn popcorn.

All in all, a great day with just me, myself and I.

These types of dates are what I consider “relationship essential”. Regardless of your relationship status, I truly believe that dating one’s self is essential to your well-being. It’s so important to take advantage of quality alone time when you have it and go out, don’t just bum around at home (not that being home is necessarily bad either).

Go do the things you want to do. Alone. Focus on your needs. Treat yourself. Restore your energy. Have FUN. It’s such a simple and easy concept that not enough people partake in on the regular basis (including myself).

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Charles is currently on his way back home after a weekend away with his boys. Trust me, I miss him and can’t wait for him to be back already. But I’m also really appreciative for his time away.

This past weekend, I didn’t have to wear the “wife hat”. This past weekend, I was just me. Plain, old Setarra and it was nice to have some time to get back in touch with myself outside of the many hats I wear.

When was the last time you went on a date with yourself?

  • Rachel

    Such a good post Setarra! I always want to go on dates with myself but 5 minutes in I feel like a loser. But I’m working on building up the courage.. You make it sound easy!

    • Thanks Rachel! I think the key is to constantly repeat to yourself (in your mind), “I am not a loser.” Because that’s what I was doing while I was on my solo date haha

  • Love this post! I 100% agree with you that alone quality time is SO important, and something that lots of us don’t do very often! Thanks so much for the reminder :) And I love the photos – they are great ones!!

    • Thanks Marcella! I think the key is to actually schedule out that time for yourself because if you don’t actually put it down on a calendar and stick to it then its easy to do something else that may not be as restorative. xo

  • I love this! I agree that it’s so important to do things for yourself and by yourself. I can easily forget that so I appreciate this reminder! BTW awesome photobooth pics, #3 is def my fav haha.

    Melody // http://www.marevoli.com

    • Hi Melody! Hope you schedule out some quality alone time for yourself! And thanks! #3 is my fave to haha. xo

  • You know I love this! I’m a huge advocate of self-care and spending time alone. For me, it’s not a luxury I appreciate every now and then, but something I inherently need to have. I get a little stir-crazy without it. Glad you had a great date with yourself.

    • Thanks Michael! I’m the same way. I always know when I’m due for some alone time because I get stir-crazy too haha.

  • Whitney

    I absolutely believe in self dates. As Boomer’s dad is starting to actually do his bi-weekly visitations, I’m finding myself with entire weekends to do nothing. Or go to the museum. Or read a trashy novel at B&N. Just like being in a relationship, I’ve always thought you can’t be a good parent if you lose yourself either. So good for you girlfriend.

    • Ooooh trashy novels are the best!! haha. And yay for having more time to yourself every other weekend. Sounds like you’re making the most of them :)