5 Steps to Finding Your Space to Breathe

Do you find it hard to even know what your space to breathe is?

I felt really overwhelmed last week.  On top of all the other things tugging for my attention via personal family matters and getting a budding business off of the ground I joined a fantastic group of bloggers and a 30 day blogging challenge.  It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time, but the learning curve is steep, that means lots of time and energy.

I fell off my 30 day blog challenge poney.  Life happened, it sped up, as it does.

By Friday I needed my own Space to Breathe.  Practice what I preach right!

I took the day off, sort of…

I live in Paris, and one of my favourite ways of relaxing is taking photos.  I do it purely for the absolute pleasure of it.  I’ve never taken a class, read a book or even watched a video on taking photos.  It’s not something I’m “working on”.

It’s literally A Space to Breathe for me.  You might know instinctively what it is that puts you in that happy and calm zone, that’s wonderful!

If you’re not sure or you’re interested in exploring different options, I’ve put together a short list of telltale signs that you just might be on the right track.

Here are 5 clues to finding your Space to Breathe:


1. It’s something you might stumble upon accidentally

Photography felt good and I couldn’t stop.  It’s not something I set out to do.  Pay attention to the unexpected things that give you pleasure, you’re never too anything (old, young, broke, unexperienced) to start learning or enjoying something new.

Girl and tower

2. When it calls, you must heed that call

I can’t not do it.  When I feel the urge, there’s not much on this earth that can stop me from feeding my shutter bug.


Grand Palais & La Seine

3. You feel deeply connected to your creativity

The process is inspired, I feel lighter and totally open to all possibilities.  I stop questioning myself and go with the flow.

Cha-cha la bombe backside

4. When you don’t do it you get anxious or feel like something’s missing

There’s been months that have gone by where I’ve not picked up my camera.  Not a pretty picture (me).  I’ve learned to make the time for pleasure, it’s just as important as productivity and profits.

Paris Hand and Tower

5. You’re not searching for or need anyone else’s approval

I do it because it feeds my spirit..  I’m happier when I’m doing it.  I don’t know if my work is “good” or “meh” and I don’t care.

Finding your space to breathe is not about pleasing others.


Photography’s just one of the sacred places that I go when I need some space.  I have a short list and keep it close to my heart.

Do you have a hobby, craft or interest in your life that relates to the points I’ve made?  How often do you make time to pursue them?  Do you wish you had more time to let go and just breathe?

Let me know in the comments below.


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