Some people live their life without ties to places or things. They’re perfectly happy to be wherever they’re at, and they have this amazing ability to channel their energy and find their focus in any situation.
That isn’t me.
I find comfort and peace in my surroundings.
I’ve put time and energy into my home, taking care to create a place that helps me relax, stay grounded, and shake off the worries of the world.
And I’ve done the same to my office, creating a personal space filled with things that inspire and motivate me to do my best work.
And when I’m on the road?
I believe in the importance of creating a space wherever you’re at. The first thing I do when I get to my hotel - regardless of whether I’m there for two nights or a month - is to make it feel more like my own. I crave that sense of comfort, that touch of warmth, the sense of belonging I feel when I’m truly relaxed and at ease.
I always try to travel with a few items that will help me easily personalize my space - things that hold meaning and bring me joy. It might mean I have to bring a slightly larger carry-on, but I know I’ll be much happier throughout my trip if I have my space to return to at the end of each day.
The same applies to my work space. When it’s time to move offices, I can’t just sit down at my new desk, power up my computer and dive in. I need to get comfortable, which usually means finding some small ways to make it feel more like my own. They might seem like small details to some, but the personal touches I bring to my space completely transform it for me.
So, you might be wondering - how do you actually create a space for yourself?
What does that look like?
Well, there’s no easy answer, as it’s different for everyone.
Think about the things that make you smile, bring you joy, and energize your spirit.
For some, this might be a photo that captures a favorite memory shared with family and friends.
For others, it might be a small vase of flowers, a cozy throw blanket, a fun coffee mug, a book of poems, a bar of dark chocolate - or something else entirely.
Whatever steps you take to create your space, you’ll be amazed to see how much of an impact it can truly make on your creativity and your mental well-being.
If this is something you already practice, I’d love to know what you do to create a space that feels like your own.
Share in the comments below, I want to know!
Elisabeth Ashliegh Gelhar