I love this room.
It's where all the magic happens.
The magic of writing, thinking, pondering, dreaming, meditating, relaxing, creating, reading...
When I hang out in the blue room (which is at some point each day), it is both calming and energizing. It's the space where I feel most at home.
I was lying on the daybed when I took this picture. The power was out for a period of time this evening. I had been sitting at the little blue desk (is it any wonder that my favorite color is blue?) reading and taking some notes when I decided to shift. As I continued to read, this view suddenly struck me. I smiled, because it's such a representation of me:
The books on the portable bookshelf are the only physical ones I now own. I repainted the desk and found the chair at a cute boutique in Omaha (Among Other Things). Some of my half-marathon finisher medals are hanging on the curtain rod (no, I haven't let them go yet). You can't see it, but my yoga mat is leaning on the other side of the desk and a yoga stack my son got me is by the bookshelf. There is a small succulent growing and just out of eyesight to the left is a painting by my daughter. The dry erase weekly wall calendar helps me organize and allows me to celebrate the small victories each day.
I count my blessings to have a room like this in our house. As I continue to pare down to a move more toward minimalism in what I personally own, I periodically ask myself if I could fit all of my belongings in my car if I had to move tomorrow. Other than my clothes in our bedroom, everything else would come from this room. At this point, I'm 90% confident that everything I would want to take with me could fit into my car.
I know I still have more to get rid of, but I also know I have come such a long way in such a short period of time. I love the fact that I don't need stuff to define me, make me happy, or fulfill my life. While some people my age are looking at wanting bigger homes, I'm becoming the polar opposite. Instead of "Go big or go home," my philosophy is rapidly becoming, "Go small and be home."
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.