Maria felt a lot of negative emotions when she entered her bedroom. There was no need or desire to change the furniture, bed linens, or wall color. The room required an emotional release of the past and a vision for the future.
Removing everything that did not represent Maria and fill her with joy was the first step. Plants, fresh flowers, candles, books, and a wall hanging were the simple additions that transformed the room. Each item was chosen to symbolize what Maria values and longs for in her life.
Plants require nurturing and represent growth, both of which reflect what Maria desires for herself. Lighting the candles each night allows her to take a moment to collect her thoughts and focus on her dreams, a sort of ritual she created through this process. Fresh flowers are a symbol of celebration and growth, again reflecting what she wants for herself. And the books were intentionally selected to serve as a symbol of how she wants to grow and where her dreams are leading her.
Maria created this photo collage and had it printed as an over-sized poster that hangs on her happy wall (opposite her headboard). It is what greets her every morning and is the last thing she sees every night.