A happy place is defined as somewhere a person only has to think about to feel happy and relaxed. Happiness can be found in the rain, on top of a mountain, hiking in the woods, watching a movie with a loved one, sitting in the warm sun in your yard reading a book, or where ever one feels most at home. It can be a physical place, or can be part of your mind maze. Being able to locate that happy place can do wonders to your mental and physical states.
As a writer, inspiration can be found anywhere. For me, my inspiration flourishes when I am sitting near a lake, with sand in my toes, and enjoying the crashing of waves. Birds are singing around me, the wind rustles the leaves, and the sun is beating down on my back.
I've camped at the same lake since I was a baby. I've only missed it twice in my life. I have introduced my husband, my own baby (her first time at the lake was at four months old), and numerous friends. I want to share this little slice of paradise to anyone who is near and dear to me, hopefully, it will also bring happiness to them.
When I found writing, I spent my days on the beach with a notebook in hand, and scribbling down anything that came to mind. The beach is where my stand-alone work-in-progress (Faery Tale) came into fruition and the setting of the Haven occurred. The beach is where scenes throughout The Egyptian Heir popped into my head and when I started to run out of space because I wrote too much on my two-week camping trip, I would write in the margins in my super tiny print. I could disappear for hours in my stories on this beach. When the sun set, I'd drift back into reality as I couldn't even read my own writing in the darkness.
Finding a place that you can just remember and it brings a smile to your face is beyond anything our regular dredge of a life could bring on. Whether you're physically in your happy place, or just have flashes of your favourite spots, it can relax you when things aren't going as planned. Sitting on my little embankment in front of the water and writing, brings on more imagination and a rush of words that I didn't even fathom could be possible. I am more fond of my work after a writing session on the beach; I'm more calm and relaxed near my crashing waves. I'm so glad to have a happy place that encourages me to keep on trudging along.
What is your happy place? Leave a comment.