Lifestyles - 6 Agosto How Taking a “Sabbatical” from Your Relationship Can Help You Both Grow I had been so focused on what I needed—time alone—that I didn’t realize that Angelo probably needed some time alone too. But he needed alone time in Italy. I was really happy he was there, even without me. A couple of times I worried that I was enjoying my solo time too much. Did it mean I had “outgrown” the marriage? But of course, that wasn’t it--my feeling differently didn’t mean the relationship was different, I had just grown a little.