Living alone is a mixed bag. On the one hand, having a space all to yourself can be so freeing, but on the other, it can also be a little isolating. We were recently told about an amazing artist named Yaoyao Ma Van As who has perfectly illustrated the wonders of being single and living alone. She’s a painter and “occasional animator.” Her work can be seen on “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim), “Future Worm” (Disney), and “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix). And while her body work is extensive, we’re really obsessed with her Instagram account.
Ma Van As has countless images of what it’s like to be a woman. What makes her pictures so tender and moving is that she shows all sides from being scared to being curious, from making eye contact with someone interesting to pondering lives greatest mysterious. Yes, it’s all there.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite illustrations that shows all of that beauty and so much more. But please, by all means, check out her Instagram, and let us know about your personal favorites. Here’s ours…
You can dance in your underwear whenever you want!
“Dance like know one is watching” is honestly one of those liberating things anyone can do. And yeah, it’s totally even better if your cute pet is your only audience.
Who says cleaning has to be a chore?
When you live alone, cleaning can really be so much fun.
You can choose to work whenever you want.
If you’re feeling creative at 3 a.m., you can easily wake up and get to work and not worry about disturbing anyone else.
The little moments of peace can mean so much.
It might seem like you have lots of “me time” when living alone. However, in the rare moments of truly taking that in “me time” is even more appreciated.
Plan an adventure with no guidelines.
Have you ever tried to coordinate a trip with anyone else? It can become the biggest hassle in the world. When you’re single, a trip alone means you call the shots the entire time.
Contemplate the wonders of love.
Yes, it might suck at times to be single and alone, however it’s in these moments that you can discover who you are and what you want out of a partner. How can you find that out if you’re life is hectic and busy all the time?
R&R for as long as you want.
With work and life calling every second, it’s so nice to take in a long hot bath and not have someone banging the door.
When alone, experimentation is key!
So you want to cook something weird? Go for it. And if it sucks, order in! No feelings of guilty or pressure.
Explore art and music to your hearts content.
You have some down time, crank up the tunes! Music and art are the two things that can life your spirits. So if you’re feeling low about anything, you have the space to lift yourself up. No one will judge you. No one will tell you to stop. This is all about you.