Creating a Mom Space: Carolyn’s SCJ Clean Start Challenge
I have to admit, I don’t really have a “sanctuary” so to speak. I’m a mom with four kids and I find that if I’m home with them, I have to be involved and there’s no real place for me to escape. I have, however, always hailed my bedroom as a place I can go when needed. Even as a kid, my room was my place; my space.
But as a mom? Not so much.
That’s probably why I was most intrigued with the challenge to create a personal sanctuary in the SCJ Clean Start Challenge. I realize that creating some place where you can go is important but it isn’t always possible and that’s why I’m so proud of how Carolyn incorporated her need to be mom with the need to have space.
Watch Carolyn’s video and see how she’s taken a corner of her house and turned it into a room where she can focus on things she enjoys without leaving her new baby out of the mix. I know what it’s like for her to be able to respond to her daughter’s needs but at the same time have a space where she can do the things she likes to do. I don’t think that a personal sanctuary necessarily needs to mean, No Kids Allowed, and for that reason, I love that Carolyn is focusing on the needs of her baby without compromising her own needs.
Perhaps that’s why I don’t have my own “space”. I still feel like my bedroom is where I can run and hide. My desk for work and my writing is all in there as well. It’s where I’m inspired but as every mom knows, it’s hard to make a space off limits and it’s important that I be able to connect with my kids no matter what room of the house I’m in. For that reason, my room is not off limits. If I’m in there and writing or reading, the kids know that they can join me.
Carolyn’s ability to be flexible yet be a good mom by making her baby welcome into her sanctuary reminds me to remember that we can be both mom and an independent woman at the same time; we just need to find the way that works best for us!