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    A Space of One’s Own
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  • Published: Aug 22nd, 2007

AvatarVirginiaWoolfIn the essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), Virginia Woolf writes, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is going to write." I extend Woolf’s concept to: A person must have a space of her own if she is going to live as an individual.

This space that you stake ownership upon need not be a large room. In fact, it could be a hidey hole in the attic of your home or a specific couch in the family room. This space is where you can withdraw to be completely yourself. The guarantee is that it is inviolate and your privacy and access to it is respected by everyone. By definition, this is not a shared space. No one has the right to comment on what you do there. This allow you the freedom to simply be. To breathe. To dream.

With the proliferation and popularity of computers and the Internet, this space for many is where the broadband connection and the laptop are.

KeiraSoleoreDesk1KeiraSoleoreDesk2For me, it’s a green desk by a tall window at the top of the house as far away from hub of activity, the kitchen, as possible. This room is shared by the entire family, but the green corner is all mine. That’s where I have my inspirational quotes, my knick-knacks, my photos, my reference books…all my treasures, and of course the computer. This is the place I go to when life throws a curve ball at me, when I want to work, when I desire a few moments of quiet laughter, when I crave to be alone. This space is all about me, my, and myself.

After my moments of solitutde, when I’m part of the family, the circle of friends, or the clients I work with, I’m able to fully be there to participate, to anticipate, and to appreciate these individuals and my being there with them.

KimCastilloOffice1KimCastilloOffice2As you can see from the office space of Kim Castillo, the Goddess of Organization and Productivity at Romance Novel TV, that it differs greatly from mine. She and I share hobbies, we work together, we’re friends, but our private spaces reflect our characteristic individuality. In the absence of the need to conform to any one or any idea, we’ve each developed our own unequaled spot.

QuestionMarkOver to you…
What does the nest of your soul look like? Are there any special items there that make you come alive and at the same time bring you peace? Is there anything that’s missing there that you yearn to have?

8 Responses to “A Space of One’s Own”

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  1. Kim
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 2:51 am

    What do I yearn to have that’s missing from my space? An endless box of chocolate covered carmels from The Nut Shoppe ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. Maggie Robinson
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 5:48 am

    I write in a tiny bedroom w/ a twin bed in it to lie down when it all gets to be too much! It actually serves as my dressing room, so there are clothes and shoes tossed around, too. I have a small desk—too small—, a corkboard with insp pix, some disordered bookshelves, a milk crate with files. And as soon as I get offline, I’m going to start cleaning!


  3. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 7:33 am

    My problem is I have too many work spaces. My production office, the edit room and my home office. All have computers. So essentially, when I’m working I’m staring straight ahead at the computer. Believe it or not, there isn’t anything personal there to distract me or make if more ‘homey’. I save that for my reading space. Now that’s my private place where I sit and read and everyone knows to just pass me by and leave me to my book.


  4. marisa
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 8:02 am

    I too have several office spaces, so my laptop is the only constant. I take it to the edit room, to my NY office, my home office and on the road when we are in production. If I have my laptop, I can create a space to work, a space that is all my own.


  5. KeiraSoleore
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 12:41 pm

    Kim, too funny about the chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure if you could see the empty Ghiradelli and Valrhona chocolate.

    Maggie, it sure sounds like you have the perfect the room there. Close the door and the room’s yours and once the door’s shut, everything looks neat from the outside. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maria & Marisa, laptops these days make instant offices of all kinds of spaces don’t they? Busy restaurants, beaches, and even toilets (in a public restroom!!!). So, what do your special reading spaces looks like? Are they solely yours? Personalized? With a quilt perhaps?


  6. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 1:16 pm

    My space has the biggest, coziest arm chair that you could sink your bottom into. An ottoman, and shawl to wrap my feet, a side table with a lamp and a wonderful reading light- all next to a big window with lots of light coming in.

    I love my special place!


  7. Gannon Carr
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 1:23 pm

    Keira, I share a space, too, but half the room is mine. I have my desk, book shelves, pictures, and treasured trinkets. Of course, with my laptop, sometimes I find myself in another room, but that’s okay.


  8. KeiraSoleore
    on Aug 22nd, 2007
    @ 8:58 pm

    Maria, ahhhh. I need that kind of an armchair. The one we have our the shared study is the kind where you can only sit properly upright. Bleh!

    Gannon, I hear ya. I have a really old second-hand laptop that’s in the family room with a dead battery so I’m tethered to the wall outlet, from where I’m typing this. But that desk is fabulous retreat, always there when I need it.

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