This article was originally published on 24/7Mirror
Each one of us seeks happiness in our own way. While you may find comfort in sharing, others like to have their own space. This is exactly what the LA-based artist Yaoyao Ma Van wants people to understand. Contrary to the popular belief, she lives alone and she loves every second of it. Let's have a look at her colorful illustration series.
1. Dancing Without a Care In The World
Sometimes it is refreshing to throw on some happy music and dance around while you do some chores. When you live alone, you can pick whatever music you like and not worry about anyone being annoyed.
You might have to worry about your dog judging your dance moves, but they will still love you even if you have no rhythm.
2. Marking Your Territory
As she lives with a pup, she isn't shy about adapting to one of the dog's habits of marking her territory.
Everyone loses hair in the shower, and when you live alone you can use it to make wall art instead of having to clean it up.
3. Binge Eating Whenever Your Heart Wants It
Sometimes you just want to stay in and enjoy a ton of junk-food without judgment. Who doesn't love to order a bunch of Chinese food and binge a whole season of The Office?
What is your go-to food to order when you have a night in with Netflix?
4. Being Clumsy
When you are living alone, you do whatever pleases you and it means doing everything.
There is no one to judge you (in artist's case the doggo seems confused), but she doesn't care as she knows that being a little awkward won't hurt anyone.
5. Having an Amazing Party By Yourself
Are you a party animal? Living alone gives you the freedom to enjoy yourself for as long as you want it.
You can wear weird clothes and do crazy things, such as you can be your own DJ, bartender, and dance like crazy all night.
6. Enjoying Quality "Me" Time
Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, it is always best to have some "me" time.
The artist loves a lot of things about living alone and one of those things is how she spends some time that is dedicated only to her.
7. Enjoying Peace and Calmness in Life
Thanks to our hectic lifestyles, most of us are unable to enjoy even a few moments of peacefulness in our lives.
The artist perfectly illustrates how living alone can let you enjoy life without any limitation.
8. Taking Long Relaxing Baths
When you are living with someone or sharing your apartment, it can become tough to get a relaxing bath.
The artist shows that living alone gives you the ultimate freedom to be in your bathtub for as long as you want.
9. Let The Hair Be Everywhere
Living alone gives you the freedom to not worry about your broken hair.
Broken hair can cause a mess, but you don't need to worry because you don't have to answer to anyone.
10. To Rest, Relax and Do Nothing
Did you know that it is good for your health if you sometimes just take a day off and do nothing?
The artist wants to live a stress-free life, and sometimes she also spends all day relaxing. When was the last time you spent an entire day without doing anything?
11. A Perfect Escape From Life Problems
The artist shows here that getting away from life problems from time to time and forgetting about them is right for your wellbeing.
As most of us tend to keep on worrying about our problems, the artist highlights the importance of staying alone and reading books to escape from reality.
12. Freedom to Work Whenever You Want
If you stay alone and also have the liberty to work from home, you can make the best of this freedom.
The artist shows how you can make your schedule and work on a time that suits you best. You will instantly fall in love with this freedom as not many people in the world have it.
13. Having Fun With Your Doggo
Living with a dog is a truly special experience. It is a ride filled with so many "Awww" moments and many hugs and kisses.
The artist created a color illustration to show how much fun it is playing with her pup. Pets are like antidepressants, they can turn your bad mood around instantly.
14. Enjoying The Rain with a Hot Cup of Tea
Some people enjoy rainy days by dancing outside, by feeling the cold drops of rain on their body, or by standing in the rain with their arms wide open.
The artist Yaoyao Ma Van enjoys the rain by sitting by the window and sipping a cup of tea. It makes her feel relaxed and the sound of raindrops calms her mind.
15. No More Midnight Cravings
When you live with someone, you have to be extra careful in opening the fridge so that no one wakes up and starts judging you.
Here, the artist shows that living alone gives her the freedom to eat whenever she feels like it and there is no one judging her – if the doggo ever wakes up, he also joins her.
16. Enjoying Little, Pointless Things
Our busy lives have deprived us of enjoying ourselves. We no longer enjoy things that hold little value.
The artist highlights that living alone makes her enjoy the smallest of things and she has started to value them.
17. Cuddling and Taking Naps with Your Furry Friend
Any dog owner can confirm that cuddling and taking a nap with a dog is fantastic.
Dogs are so friendly, loving, and gentle that they'll even lay still to make sure you don't get disturbed.
18. Treating Yourself with Lots of Cookies
Another perk of living alone is that you won't have to share your favorite things with others. It's okay to feel greedy about your personal belongings, especially food.
The artist feels so blessed that she can treat herself to a whole batch of cookies on any given day.
19. Work However You Like
People who work from home can't stop saying how much they like the freedom of their work routine.
Another thing is that they can work either sitting on the terrace or near their pets. This freedom is priceless.
20. Enjoying Carefree Walks
Going for morning walks with your hands-free and high-volume music can be helpful, but try something else.
Do try what the artist likes to do every morning. She goes for walks with her doggo and just enjoys the calmness and beautiful nature around her.
21. Meditate without Any Interference
People who seek calmness in their lives make huge claims that meditation helped them a lot. It is true.
However, meditation requires an environment where there is peace. Living alone provides that tranquility in the air which is perfect for meditation.
22. Waking Up With The Sun and Enjoying The Morning
Our lifestyles have made it almost impossible for most people to wake up early in the morning.
The artist loves to wake up with the sun and enjoy the pleasant morning with a cup of tea.
23. Ample Room to Stretch
When you have a roommate, working out at home can be a bit awkward with them walking in and out.
It is great to go out in the morning to walk and stretch, but you can do it indoors as well when you live alone.
24. Dreaming on a Rainy Day
The artist isn't shy about letting the world know that she day-dreams a lot.
In fact, she illustrated how she dreams on a rainy day about finding a caring and loving 'someone'.
25. Not Losing Sight of Your Puppy
All dog owners can easily relate to this accurate illustration.
After all, dogs never want to leave you, even when you're taking a bath. The artist adores this aspect as well.
26. There Are No Fine Dining Rules
It is your house and you make the rules (of course, you'll make them fun).
As the artist lives alone, she knows how to make rules that favor both her and the puppy.
27. Getting Ready in the Morning Becomes Less Hectic
As there is no one else living with her, she takes her time to get ready.
There is no one waiting for her to get out of the shower, and she does everything at her speed.
28. No Worry Even If You Take Hours to Get Ready
When you live alone, you get ready at your speed. You can even take hours to find the suit that looks good on you.
You don't have to worry about hogging the mirror or the bathroom because it is all yours.
29. Cleaning The Home Becomes a Fun Activity
Most people hate to clean the house; maybe it has to do with it being so boring.
The artist Yaoyao Ma Van likes to make it fun by doing it whenever she feels "it is time to clean the house."
30. Laundry Can Wait
Living with someone can somewhat force you to wash your clothes even if you don't want to do it.
When you live alone, you are on your own schedule. Things can get done when you choose to do them.
31. Your Pup Becomes Your Alarm Clock
Oh, it is such a cute alarm clock, right? Imagine waking up next to a cutie such as this doggo.
The artist feels lucky as she wakes up every morning next to her beloved pup.
32. Forgetting Your Troubles with Candles
The warmth of candles burning in the bathroom gives her a cozy feeling.
The scent of rose petals makes her forget about her troubles. She loves every second she spends in there.
33. Refreshing Morning Walks
The artist doesn't spend all the time indoors with her pup.
She likes to go out in the morning and absorbs the freshness and calmness in the air.
34. Working on Fitness and Flexibility
She works on her fitness and flexibility every morning after coming back from the refreshing walk.
The doggo assists her in the walk, but he prefers to watch her as she stretches her body.
35. Cooking Different Dishes
She loves to cook different dishes and she finds tons of recipes on the internet.
Only she knows how good her cooking is, but we know for sure that she doesn't care a lot about the mess that she creates while cooking.
36. Letting Out The Inner Artist
As she lives alone, she doesn't find anything that holds her back from doing what her heart desires.
The freedom and peace from living alone enable her to release the inner artist in her.
37. Not Leaving Your Pup Ever
In your house, your only real companion is your pet and in her case it is the cute little pup.
She can't ever leave him and she loves staying close to her pup.