I’m a flaming extrovert who loves solitude and my own company. I could tolerate days inside my tiny cell, impervious to any external human stimulation, and still thrive. After leaving school, it didn’t change much. I just added work on the equation, but I still read voraciously and suffer from occasional staircase wit in that little space.JIL DIAMANTE
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Since I was a kid, I’ve always remembered designing my room into something reflective of my current creative state. Back then, I would pinch pennies from my school allowance to buy stickers, colored papers, and every imaginable artsy material. Then I would spend my afternoons during that week, poking holes through our wall, cutting and pasting odd shapes on glittery posters with cliché sayings on them. I was a quoting dilettante.
Through my conscious years, I remember changing homes at least seven times. And although small, my room has always been a dynamic and spacious refuge of silly dreams, afternoon woes, and embarrassing pep talks. It has seen me at my worst and also witnessed plenty of pillow-hugging moments from pure glee. From aimless wallpapers to vision boards, my room has seen me grow.
Paradoxically, I’m a flaming extrovert who loves solitude and my own company. I could tolerate days inside my tiny cell, impervious to any external human stimulation, and still thrive. After leaving school, it didn’t change much. I just added work on the equation, but I still read voraciously and suffer from occasional staircase wit in that little space.
I wish I could say the same to some of my friends and colleagues who have expressed depressing thoughts about it. And have let their work and mental health bear the burden of a reduced company.
So when the pandemic quarantine kicked in, I didn’t suffer much from a lack of physical human interaction. I wish I could say the same to some of my friends and colleagues who have expressed depressing thoughts about it. And have let their work and mental health bear the burden of a reduced company. Imagine the absence of people to share your daily minutiae with, getting a good laugh out of it while sharing a meal. These are precious little things that the pandemic stole from us for over one year. And I also missed it.
Unfortunately, this pandemic will continue to rob us indefinitely.
So how do you seek safety from an unforeseen harrying thief? Stay in your room. Not just for obvious health reasons but growth and self-examination. I’ve spent yet a load of time redesigning my room to create a meditative and aesthetically pleasing environment, a boost of local morale to an otherwise gloomy state of global affairs. I asked my brother to move things around and paint the walls. I bought calming curtains and have succumbed to the plant hoarding cliché of quarantine.
But bringing plants into my room did not only trigger my longing for the outdoors; it magnified it. I miss being with nature, basking in the sun, inhaling dirt and cow pies (questionable joy, yes), and touching leaves. I’ve been longing for something dear to my heart.
Luckily, Photowall, a Swedish mural company came in perfectly and offered me an opportunity to try one of their creative lines. Like me, they believe that your room tells the story of who you are, the things you’re passionate about and who you aspire to be.
They’re focused on quality, creative design, and custom-made wall products that reflect your personality. From placing your order to shipping and packaging, it was a seamless experience. Needless to say, I chose the motif that boasts an array of lush eclectic foliage densely packed together, and boy was I transported to a different land! Again, I asked my brother to install it, and we managed to finish the whole wall in less than 1 hour, even with occasional pestering from our dogs.
The wall truly reflects the ethos of the company. It amplifies your mood, fills in unavoidable absences or longing, and reflects your personality in a fun and passionate way. Beyond that, their designs will inspire you to pursue more of your life. I want to explore the outdoors and see the world from varying perspectives. And this wall will always be a constant reminder to do so.
So, please take the time to be creative and purposeful in designing your room. It’s a place where you feel safe and where you’ll spend most of your life building goals and healing from setbacks. Why not make it beautiful?
Here’s a 25% discount code to start you with! This will be valid for two (2) months so go crazy creative and decorate your happy place: letsjiloutdoor25
If you want the same motif, here’s the link: Photowall | Wall Murals Tropical – Large Leaves
Stay safe and healthy!