Recently I moved. We moved to a smaller, cleaner house. We got rid of some things we no longer needed, which might e the only good think about moving. Purging. And starting fresh with less. It was a perfect opportunity for me to carve out some quality space for myself. My family and I share a lot of things: food, closets, dressers, drawers in the bathroom, bedrooms, beds… really, it’s a lot. I find lately that I am craving more space for myself, even privacy. I want passwords no one else knows. I want desk drawers that lock. I want to sleep on the couch sometimes and have it be accepted as what it is: mommy needing some room to breathe.
My first project has been to set up my desk, my OWN desk. Unlike Sylvia P, I can’t have a whole room of my own, even the storage closet it too precious a space. But I can create my own little corner. I have a desk with three drawers and two small bookcases. These are all for me. I decorate them simply in a way that inspires me, fill my drawers with craft supplies and my writing books. I haven’t sat there yet, but just knowing this little oasis is waiting for me makes me smile.
Soon I will learn to carve out some time as well.
So be bold! Be brave! Find a used desk, move some furniture, create a little nook for reading, writing, collaging, collecting yourself. Let yourself have some physical space in your home to remind yourself of the emotional and spiritual space you deserve, and must learn to take.