Being single and living alone can be pretty awesome, and these illustrations show why.

Created by LA-based painter, illustrator and occasional animator, Yaoyao Ma Van As, this series of illustrations pretty much sums up the magic of living alone. From leaving your marks everywhere to cleaning up whenever you want - living alone really has its perks. Keep on scrolling to check them out and don't forget to vote for your favorites!

More info: yaoyaomavanas.com

#1

Enjoying Some Peace And Quiet

Enjoying Some Peace And Quiet

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Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Hmmmmh..... Not to underestimate the situation and the illustration (very beautiful picture, seriously), but can you really afford a house like that when you live alone?

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#2

Playing With Your Pup

Playing With Your Pup

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Hiding from Charlie is impossible. When I'm home, he knows where I am every minute, and he's usually close by. Its why he's my best friend. :D

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#3

Escaping Reality

Escaping Reality

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Reading is one of my greatest pleasures, but I've switched to my Nook eReader. That way I can carry it anywhere I choose to go, and it holds a charge for a long time. My favorite spots are the couch, or my queen bed, where Charlie can be next to me, and I can pet him while I read. When I was young, I would never have dreamed of such a thing. :O

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#4

Working Whenever You Feel Like It

Working Whenever You Feel Like It

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

I've lost count of the times I work best at night, in my basement shop, making beautiful things for my clients. Owls always do best in the evenings, and for me, this is no exception. :D

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#5

Enjoying A Cup Of Tea While Watching The Rain

Enjoying A Cup Of Tea While Watching The Rain

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Jens Büchter
Community Member
5 years ago

But you can do it with your Partner either.

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#6

Doing Nothing All Day

Doing Nothing All Day

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
5 years ago

Agreed. Don't forget to pet your pupper!

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#7

Dancing Like No One Is Watching (Cause No One Is)

Dancing Like No One Is Watching (Cause No One Is)

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Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

I have a dishwasher , but, I can still do ballet leaps

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#8

Cuddling With Your Best Friend

Cuddling With Your Best Friend

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Charlie, my shih-tzu, loves to cuddle up close at night. When he gets too warm, he will move away . But once he cools off, he burrows into me once more. Its his way of saying "I love you Daddy."

Mia Rennie
Community Member
5 years ago

i have a shih-tzu! his name is jimmy. i also have a shih-tzu poodle cross called lola

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Lou Wow
Community Member
5 years ago

Also your best friend actually being your best friend. Unlike humans.

Marcin Barczyński
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, Lou. I don't envy your experiences with humans.

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Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

Like the rabbits, too !

Sky
Community Member
5 years ago

This is bitter sweet. One of my dogs Daisy passed away a month ago. Rest in tranquility sweet pupper your borks will forever echo in my heart.

Brin Hauptmann
Community Member
5 years ago

:(

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Melodie Gibson
Community Member
5 years ago

Spooning with your pooch is the best!

PyroarRanger
Community Member
5 years ago

So cute!

Michał Wodzicki
Community Member
5 years ago

sad af

Jeffrey Schall
Community Member
4 years ago

...without pants.

Patty Woolever
Community Member
4 years ago

Animals are a gift from God. Truly Man's, and Woman's, Best Friend.

Domidick Koukal
Community Member
4 years ago

you can do the same with your partner smh

Irene Bocardo Reina
Community Member
5 years ago

you look sad...

Sofia Bellavista
Community Member
5 years ago

Aww the doggie is injured or ill -it has dressings on its leg, - and she is comforting it, yet she's worried... lovely, so well portrayed

Jo-Ann Cuevas
Community Member
5 years ago

That's me

Jo-Ann Cuevas
Community Member
5 years ago

That's me. :)

Cj Rolphe
Community Member
5 years ago

they get backrubs every nite (3 dogs) BUT too big to all sleep on the bed...they get it in the day time tho....

Kathleen Lovell
Community Member
5 years ago

What's wrong with his leg?? Is this why she looks sad again--is he really sick--oh, no??

Joanne May
Community Member
5 years ago

every night with my 2 and they have twice the room I do lol

endelbendel
Community Member
5 years ago

If the co-vivant can't accept this they're gone!

Linda Brown
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh yeah, Charlie loves to cuddle and he does it very well.

Luisa Noor Sedai
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks nice. Though when living alone I certainly can't afford such a huge apartment, or the dog, and no forest nearby to have a walk in. Same for all my living-alone friends. Who does these pictures refer to ?

Maria Amarillas
Community Member
5 years ago

I have the company of 5 Chihuahuas ..it can get pretty intense.. but I love sleeping with them.

Derpicorn
Community Member
5 years ago

Aaaawww so cute!

Gillian Black
Community Member
5 years ago

lola and two cats and me balancing on the edge

Ben Smith
Community Member
5 years ago

That's more sad than anything.

Marcin Barczyński
Community Member
5 years ago

What does "cuddling with your best friend" have to do with living alone? My wife happens to be my best friend.

Hasan ibn-Sabah
Community Member
5 years ago

This is actually pathetic...why are you encouraging the atomization of american society? Get a husband.

thebridget
Community Member
5 years ago

This is what my life is like and I love it! I have a career too, but these cartoons are just showing life at home when you live alone with a dog. Not everyone has the same ideals in life.

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Milo Rastapopoulos
Community Member
5 years ago

"I need a man... I need a man... I need a man..."

Sofia Bellavista
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeah... that's what men like to think, Milo..

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jiku sarder
Community Member
5 years ago

https://goo.gl/51Se5Y

Master Markus
Community Member
5 years ago

SPAM

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#9

Binge Eating All You Want

Binge Eating All You Want

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Ana-Maria Dan
Community Member
5 years ago

Ah yes! This is how I imagined my death scene would look like. Me lounging on the couch surrounded by boxes of takeaway with Netflix playing in the background...What a way to go

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#10

Being A Little Clumsy

Being A Little Clumsy

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Andrew Cas
Community Member
5 years ago

She's a Barry Allen fan !

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#11

Bathing As Long As You Want

Bathing As Long As You Want

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Master Markus
Community Member
5 years ago

Am I the only one that doesn't find baths in this kind of tub that relaxing? I'm not able to stretch out in them. I much prefer a hot tub or hot spring.

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#12

Enjoying The Little Things

Enjoying The Little Things

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Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

I am blessed to be able to enjoy little things.... a hummingbird outside the front window; watching a turtle bury its eggs in the yard; electric colored, shy , bluebirds with a new family; wild ducks munching on sunflower seeds , a stray fox or wild turkey .... the beautiful sunrises & sunsets that are free to all . Life is good !

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#13

Having A Carefree Sort Of Walk

Having A Carefree Sort Of Walk

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Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the sound of my feet crunching on the fallen Autumn leaves.

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#14

Having A Party With Yourself

Having A Party With Yourself

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cassiushumanmother
Community Member
5 years ago

LOL that's me in all the pictures lit-59918b...b5ef48.jpg lit-59918b6b5ef48.jpg

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#15

Snacking Whenever You Feel Like It Without Anyone Judging You

Snacking Whenever You Feel Like It Without Anyone Judging You

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Lou Wow
Community Member
5 years ago

Or eating your favourite food every day with no one knowing the depth of your obsession.

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#16

Enjoying A Morning To Yourself

Enjoying A Morning To Yourself

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Community Member
5 years ago

I love her house

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#17

Meditating Without Distractions

Meditating Without Distractions

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Eglė Liubinaitė
Community Member
5 years ago

I want that house! Gimme gimme gimme gimme

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#18

Working The Way You Like

Working The Way You Like

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Now you're talking! Cuddling the little baby can be so satisfying, while you think of all the possibilities. ;D

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#19

Treating Yourself To A Whole Batch Of Cookies

Treating Yourself To A Whole Batch Of Cookies

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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
5 years ago

i don't think i've ever made cookies without eating half of the cookie dough T.T

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#20

Enjoying Some Quality Me Time

Enjoying Some Quality Me Time

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Troux
Community Member
5 years ago

Flounder!

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#21

Taking Your Time In The Mornings

Taking Your Time In The Mornings

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Robert Bailey
Community Member
5 years ago

I take my time by not getting up at 5:00

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#22

Creating Your Own "Fine Dining" Rules

Creating Your Own "Fine Dining" Rules

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Let's not forget to share with the baby. ;D

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#23

Dreaming On A Rainy Day

Dreaming On A Rainy Day

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
5 years ago

I love to draw in the windows, too!

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#24

Cleaning However You Like

Cleaning However You Like

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Mary Horning
Community Member
5 years ago

Just like Pippi Longstocking!!

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#25

Stretching In The Morning With The Room To Yourself

Stretching In The Morning With The Room To Yourself

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Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
5 years ago

That's a big ass room.

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#26

Having Your Puppy Around All The Time

Having Your Puppy Around All The Time

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Xian Tian
Community Member
5 years ago

THere isnt a day where I can take my showers in peace with my 3 chow chows

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#27

Waking Up With Your Pup

Waking Up With Your Pup

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Mommy, I gotta go potty. :D

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#28

Taking It All In On Your Morning Walk

Taking It All In On Your Morning Walk

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Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, this makes me think

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#29

Melting Away Your Troubles

Melting Away Your Troubles

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Isn't one's imagination just wonderful?! Its so easy to graduate from a regular bathtub to a super-duper tiled tub, all with the stroke of a pen/pencil.

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#30

Marking Your Territory

Marking Your Territory

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Community Member
5 years ago

whew.. im not the only one who do that

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#31

Doing Laundry Wherever You Want

Doing Laundry Wherever You Want

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

My unfolded laundry is Charlie's favorite place to sleep when we aren't in bed. ;D

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#32

Trying On All Your Clothes

Trying On All Your Clothes

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Joni Nelis
Community Member
5 years ago

she has great legs! :)

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#33

Releasing Your Inner Artist

Releasing Your Inner Artist

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
5 years ago

I think the floor is a masterpiece

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#34

Being By Your Pups Side

Being By Your Pups Side

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Gillian Black
Community Member
5 years ago

cant make the bed yet doggo is having a rest

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#35

Working On Your Flexibility

Working On Your Flexibility

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LRevello
Community Member
5 years ago

Stitch again <3

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#36

Making A Mess

Making A Mess

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
5 years ago

Totally me... definitely.

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#37

Leaving Your Hair Everywhere Because You Can

Leaving Your Hair Everywhere Because You Can

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Community Member
5 years ago

that's a bit too much for me '-'

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