This is my current nest.
My big cozy bed is tucked into the corner of my room, under a slanted wall that is covered in pictures of loved ones, beautiful art, and inspiration.
I sleep here, read here, write here, snuggle here, chat here, brainstorm here, and on and on.
I've read that to sleep better, your bed should be restricted for sleep only, but this isn't just my bed, it's my nest!
My parents divorced when I graduated high school, so when I left home, the house was sold and the concept of "home" became more abstract. I remember reading a quote by Margaret Mead about how she made wherever she was at the moment into her home, and I took that principle on with a fervor. I did this with nests. Some cozy place that is just for me, a special place for my thoughts.
As a child, I had several nests throughout the house, but my favorite was in the basement. My parents, in an effort for more storage space, had rigged up a wooden platform to put miscellaneous things, like boxes of photos, fans, empty suitcases, etc. I slowly accumulated sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and made myself a nest up there. I even had a little bookshelf rigged out of shoeboxes. I would curl up and read for hours and hours.
One of my favorite nests I've ever come across was that of a bear. When bears sleep in tall grass, they flatten a little area to curl up in. While working in Glacier National Park, three amazing women and I set out to climb Dancing Lady Mountain, with the aim of dancing on the summit. We achieved the goal, and the dancing was glorious. On the way back, we got lost, and kept coming across bear nests. This surely isn't the technical term, but that's what they looked like. One of my friends curled up in one, and I so wish I had a picture, because it was beautiful. There was something primal about it, like a return to the Mother or something. It was an ultimate nest. But then she declared she could smell the bear, and it had begun to get dark, and we got scared, and we found our way out.
Where have you found space for your nests? Are they wonderful? I hope so.
Oh, also, thanks so much for the lovely comments about my postcards! They meant so much to me. I'll be unveiling the outcome of the project I'm working on in... 20 days! Stay tuned.