In the e-course I’m taking, Creative Courage by StephanieLevy, students were asked to create a dream jar. A wish jar. Or even a box. The idea is to write down all of your dreams and hopes for the future then place them somewhere special. No dream or hope is too big, too extravagant; in fact, the bigger, the more extravagant the dream, the better.
To help me get started, I used the dream generator questions from Andrea Scher’s Mondo Beyondo course. I haven’t taken that e-course, but by signing-up for her newsletter, freebies were given…including the dream generator questions. The other day, I filled out the questions and placed them in a glass jar: my new dream jar.
One of my biggest dreams – a dream I have a long yearning for – is to have my very own writing/art studio/cottage. I imagine the cottage is in my backyard and has a teensy front porch, just big enough to place a few pots of flowers on. There’s an awning where I hang my beloved, well-traveled wind chimes. The wooden flower boxes hanging below large windows make me smile.
Inside, the cottage is open-spaced, but with designated areas. To the far right is my art area where there’s a sink and counter space for cleaning and storing art supplies but also the electric tea kettle, tea, coffee, and my favorite mugs. The little mini-fridge holds my lunch and snacks. A craft table, storage unit with drawers and a cupboard, and easel dominate the space.
In the middle of the room there’s beautiful electric fireplace, creamy chaise lounge, and small, plush loveseat beside a comfy, large chair. A few lamps and side tables along with a grounding rug make the area perfect for relaxing, drinking tea, and writing poetry. (I usually lay down when I write poetry.) Built-in, low bookcases and windows provide a view while facing the cozy fireplace.
To the left of the front door is my long, white writing table. I don’t need lots of drawers, but some are good. The table has storage space on top and I can roll myself to the different sides, housing my projects, on my chair.
The cottage/studio has white walls and lots of natural light. It’s heated and has a restroom so I don’t have to trudge through the snow back into the house on cold, wintery days. There is A/C for the dry, hot summer.
The cottage is my work space, my office, my sanctuary. And having one would be something I’d ask a fairy godmother. If I were really going all out, I’d even ask the fairy godmother to throw in a big bathtub; but then, maybe my family wouldn’t ever catch sight of me if that wish were granted.
If you’re interested in what my ideas of a dream writing studio/cottage look like, you can check out my Pinterest board here.