Create a Space, VOL 1

I think environment shapes us. I believe it influences our encounters, can shape our moods, and should, above all else, be intentional.  What does that mean? How can environments I have no control over be intentional? There is so much that goes into an environment how can I possibly be responsible for that? This new series will attempt to chip away at those very questions.

For now, let’s start with some backstory.

I love creating spaces.  I have loved it since I was a very small girl who spent hours in front of the television watching marathons of “Trading Spaces” while scrapbooking every-single-moment of my life.  My bedroom defied the wishes of my mother (I was encouraged not to put holes in the walls) and had picture frames on every square inch, lights strung from every corner and maybe just once i sprayed glitter all over the walls.

But hey, she didn’t understand that I needed my room to feel like me. I needed to create a space where Mallory could feel her most Mallory. I needed to have the freedom to prepare the stage for the slumber parties, giggles, and late night shenanigans that would undoubtedly ensue.

While I tend to stay away from spray adhesive glitter, that need has not changed. Every new space I move into goes through a short transformation period where I dream up the moments I hope to have in this new place.  And that is what it is all about: the moments.  Let’s create a space that inspires and facilitates moments.

Currently, this is my favorite space.

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This is my office.  It is where the dreaming happens, the work happens, the relaxing happens.  It has been a long time coming that I have a dedicated workspace and I’m thrilled with my little nook.  For far too long I have been spread out on the living room floor with excel sheets and notebooks stacked up in indiscernible piles and small magoo dogs walking all over them. I had forgotten to take my own advice and create a space where I can be my best Mallory.

Moving forward in this series I want to explore some of the steps involved in creating for ourselves and others.  I plan to dive into the world that is Vintage Heart Coffee and the process involved in opening a business from scratch and the undertaking that is constantly creating and recreating that space.  Hopefully this little series turns into something of a space itself. A small piece of the internet where I can connect the dots between where you are and I am and only hope to create a conversation about the importance of taking a moment to make some space.

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