I have loved being a wife, a mother, a teacher, and often say my most precious possession is my own front door key, but I've been remembering the spaces in between when I enjoyed being on my own.
Playing truant from school! Going to Art School. Going on courses. Taking a day into the city on my own. Going back to university as a mature student. I loved it! Artist in residence at Caol Rhuad.
There are some light hearted prompts in Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way especially in the chapter Recovering A Sense Of Power. For example she asks you to complete 20 sentences such as I don't do it much but I enjoy.... and My favourite childhood toy was....I worked through this book with a friend many years ago and we got a lot from it. Artist Dates are something I will take up again.
Christina Rasmussen in Second Firsts also suggests ways of looking back in order to look forward and suggests you get to know your Survivor, Watcher and Thriver. Especially the Thriver.
Interesting and useful, as are many of your suggestions recently. And keeps my mind occupied while I mow the lawn, fix the lock, barrow stuff to the bonfire and wire up the greenhouse door against that strong north wind which they say will bring us snow tomorrow....