Changing my physical environment- a writing prompt


Another writing entry, if you are here for the art journal entries, skip this.


This was the NaJoWriMo prompt from yesterday: if you had the time/money, describe how you would like to change your physical surroundings. What furnishings would you change? What color theme would you have? What would you get rid of? How do you think these changes would affect you?


I've never desired a large house. I don't need anything fancy. What I would love is something more secluded. I'd like to live further out, out of the city. I dream of a small home with a little bit of land. I'd love to have some privacy. A place we don't have neighbors on top of us everywhere. A place where their aren't people all around all the time. I want out of the city. I need out of the city. I'd love a pit puppy or rescued adult, but in the city I can't have that.

Oh, I still want to live within 20-30 miles of conveniences. I'm not wanting to give up the mall or shopping when I want. I still want a great school district for Troy. I'd love somewhere in Ross township. They have an awesome school district.

We've worked hard to save and buy furnishings that suit us. I'd actually keep what I have. I love my living room furniture still a year later. It still makes me smile. I love our giant bed. I love having the bedroom suit from Nana and pap. It was actually a wedding present from one of their families.

I'd add a better desk for art. The one I have is an odd kidney shape so it doesn't hold as much. Nothing fancy as I make a mess with art, just a rectangle shape. I'd also like to add some shelves to hold supplies and rolling cart or two.

I'd frame the painting upstairs, the yellow one nana stout painted. I'd reframe the one currently on the wall. Id have my chatelaine, Japanese garden framed and hung. I'd even frame a few of the art journal pages I've done and hang them. I'd hang the cuckoo clock that pap bought for nana.

I'd love to continue the teal/ gray color theme throughout the house. I'd add a splash of deep brown or yellow here or there.

I think those changes would enable more comfort and relaxing in my home. I think it would be easier to relax, to unwind at the end of the day.

I also think going through the house, getting rid of things I don't love would be a huge help for the energy in here. Speaking of I'd smudge the house as well. I always meant to do it before we moved in and simply didn't have the time. There has always been an oppressive air of helplessness in here that I struggle block myself from.

Although I've learned over the years how to better shield myself, my home needs to be a place to recharge and let down my shield. I need my home to be a place to recharge.

I need to clean out all that doesn't support the life that I want. It's hard because stuff holds memory for me. I fear getting rid of stuff means getting rid of the memories associated. Although that isn't necessarily a bad thing, even bad or less positive memories are part of who I am.


Perhaps though, those memories meant to stay will and the rest it is time to let go of. It's hard to make room for the now while holding tight to the past.


5 responses »

  1. Would photographing and documenting the items make it a bit easier to let them go? You could keep the photograph, but possibly let the actual item go? I’ve done that with some items and it’s worked well for me.
    And you can smudge your house any time you wish, especially if that oppressive energy is there. You don’t have to do it before you move in. You can do it while living there…it’s just a bit more difficult to smudge EVERYTHING when it’s in there. 😉

  2. I think it’s important to like and be comfortable sitting in home furnishings.
    My home is my sanctuary. I was going to say the same thing about photographing items. My second thought on that is, I think I’d be a bit irritated at myself for throwing it away. That’s a toss up. Sometimes when we let go we need to fully let go. If there’s too much around us then nothing good can get in. I’m trying to simplify my life, one of those ways is to get rid of stuff! Some of it holds memories and I resist changing things for fear I’ll regret it, but I’ve found it gets easier and I’m happier down the line. Perhaps photograph some and not others. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
    I totally get what you mean by not wanting to be in the city. I’m not a city girl by any means.

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