Personal {Carving Spaces}

I'm a natural homebody so I want our house to be as comfortable as possible, every room, if I can help it! I remember during one of our evening conversations I told my husband that our bed is probably my most favorite thing in the house, just because I look forward to sleeping in it every night, although I sleep alone for most of the year (*sniff sniff*). Needless to say, I've always believed that home should be a sanctuary, and that bedrooms should be a place to sleep, not to work or to study. I need to do both so I think I've unconsciously been looking for a way to have a permanent office in the house so I can avoid bringing my laptop, phone or tablet to bed with me. 

It's a good thing that we have a spare room which we use for guests. After some huffing and puffing, moving furniture and the spare bed around, I managed to carve out a small space that I could turn into an office. And voila, I got myself an office where I can park the laptop, tablet and other things that tend to keep us all awake at night. 

Carving Spaces and Relationships 

It also got me thinking about the importance of carving spaces for the important things in our lives, from friendships to work to self-improvement. Multi-tasking is over-hyped and when we grow older, we usually gravitate towards paring down activities to the essentials. I don't know if this happens to all, but I see this happening to myself and my friends, especially friends who have kids. Suddenly, quality time becomes more important, making home a safe and warm place becomes a priority, and meaningful conversations take precedence over hangouts where everybody's there but nobody's talking. I've noticed that my conversations with friends are deeper now, more meaningful, filled with questions and revelations and moments of enlightenment that comes from sharing experiences. This is the beauty of growing older I guess. We recognize what's important, learn to take away the frills and enjoy the essentials because  they're the things that really matter.

Now, I know that "stuff" doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. However, having your own personal space, whether it's for work, rest, or reflection and meditation, does matter a lot, so here's a take on the personal space/office that I managed to carve for myself last Saturday. And, (happy surprise!!!) making a space like this is not that hard. If you have a spare room or unused space,  you just have to do a bit of pulling and pushing, and maybe get few storage boxes to store the clutter that you cannot throw out, in order to achieve something similar to what I did here. 



2 comments:

Kat said...

I love what you wrote here. Inspired me more to get a place of my own in the future.

joselle said...

Thanks Kat! I was reminded of what you said the other night in the middle of making this post haha! Yes, one day you'll have your own place and I think you won't find it hard to turn that into one that expresses who you are. Excited at the thought!

 

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