A Space of Your Own | Self Care Saturday

 Do you have a space of your own in your life? Creating a space that is strictly your own can be difficult. The reasons can be many and varied; you live in a small apartment, you’ve outgrown your house or simply you have too much stuff. Creating a space of your own signifies a place where you can take a deep breath, get away from the chaos of the day and simply feel comfortable.

Many women feel as if they can not afford the luxury of having their own space.

Today, I am encouraging you to consider if you have a space of your own in your house? Do you have a space of your own anywhere?  Although preferably it would be nice if you had a whole room, logistically that is not always possible. Is there a chair that you love to sit in and read? (As I write this post, I am sitting in my own chair) Is there a room that makes you happy each time you enter it? (When we moved into our house it was important for me to have one room “put together” and during the chaos of unpacking that became the room I walked into and allowed myself to take a deep breath). Enjoying our space is significant in our daily self care. If we do not have a space where we find comfort and happiness then we are often disconnected to the greater world. We feel unhappy.We don’t like where we are.  Knowing there is a spot of your own brings comfort. It may only be a corner, but it can be yours! If you have not considered where your space would be, I encourage you to take some time to explore your home. Realize that your needs for space are just as important as having a toy room for the kids or a man cave for your husband. Surround your space with objects that make you happy. It could include a nice candle, a favorite pillow, or a warm blanket. As I completed this post, my friend Kelly shared the below photograph of her own personal space on Facebook. The rocker has been a part of her grandmother’s family for many years. Kelly shared that although it is not an everyday spot, it is certainly a special spot where she can curl up with a book and blanket. This spot allows her to be reflective of the generations and history of her family and she feels a part of that history as she sits in the space. She shared that she was being reflective in the spot today as it would have been her father’s 64th birthday (hence the title of the book). I simply felt the photo was perfect for this post and had to share. [caption id="attachment_2156" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Rocking chair with book credit: Kelly Grace[/caption]

I would love to know if you have a space of your own? Where is it? What does it look like?

Most importantly, do you get to spend time there?

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11 Comments

  1. socalledhomemaker on January 24, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Our couch is L-shaped so there is a spot on it that is like a lounger so I can lay out while watching TV, and I love that spot! Early in the mornings before anybody else is up I’ll lay in that spot with my coffee and watch the world go by outside my window. It’s lovely!

  2. Jean on January 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I guess the computer desk area is mostly my space although sometimes I have to share it. Maybe I’ll work on making it a bit more girly so the boys won’t want to use my computer quite as much.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Oh Jean, yes – you need to “girl” that space up a little. Make sure there is something there that makes you happy and smile!

  3. Nicole Hallford on January 24, 2015 at 9:45 am

    This is really speaking to me right now, as we are SLOWLY unpacking and getting settled in and I realize how much I need a space that feels peaceful!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      I so remember that feeling of nothing being where it needed to be. Sometimes I suggest starting with a small bathroom (especially if there are boxes everywhere). You can always close the door and take some deep breaths (and know there is someplace that is straight). Good luck with the unpacking. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sarah @ Sometimesphotojenik on January 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve never really thought about my own space- maybe that’s because I don’t have kids yet haha. But you’re so right, we NEED a space to call your own. I guess my space is the spot on the couch that I sit and read and blog and pray. Thankful for a generally quiet house that I can have many spots in! 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I’m so glad you have several spots. I think even without kids it can become easy to make every space suitable for something rather than comfort for yourself. I think finding a comfortable couch is one of the most important things to have in a home.

  5. Chiara of #TSOLBLOG on January 26, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I have my own space…i think my problem is keeping my place clean. I ahve so many things running in my mind, it reflects in my space. How do you get motivated to clean and just do it?

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

      I totally understand what you are saying. I’m pretty good at keeping most areas clean and organized and then I put everything someplace else (where I don’t see it). I then find I can only go for so long until I have to clean and organize that space. I think it’s true that sometimes are spaces reflect our thoughts! You just have a lot of great plans running around in your mind!!

  6. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of L on January 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Oh, I love this! I have a corner of the couch that I always take over, but that’s in too well-trafficked of an area in our home to be “my space” I think. I’m slowly trying to make my desk in our spare bedroom “my space” – no one else really uses that room except for storage, so I’ve been hanging some pictures and doing other things to make it a comfy place for me to blog/study/chill out with a cup of hot cocoa. 🙂

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