Creating Your Own Personal Space Of Success

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Years ago, I set off on the journey of life. I was newly starting college and I thought I knew for sure what success would look like for me. I had it all mapped out. I’d graduate with a degree in journalism, I’d report on issues that really mattered, and I’d be the best mother the world had ever seen.


I’m laughing out loud right now thinking about it all. Not because this was a silly life plan, but because life had so many other plans for me.  Looking back, the reality of my life has actually been so much better than I could have imagined or planned. I can see now that my idea of a successful life has completely changed over the years, and that is something I have struggled with because even though I am happy with my life, I always feel like I am so close to success, but not close enough. I have wonderful people in my life that see everything we have created in life and declare that success is already ours, and I love them for saying this even if I don’t quite feel I am there yet.


Something I’ve learned and realized as I parent my own daughters, is that success is actually an internal thing. It isn’t something that comes from outside your own head because success looks so different to so many different people. Some people base their success on the accomplishments of their children or on a monetary value and it would be impossible to set any sort of outer standard for success. It is personal and each person has their own meaning and value.


What we all share is that we need to get to that place of success. We need to acknowledge when it happens and identify it. There is always room to go above and beyond, but we need to take the steps to get to that place where we say “this is my personal space of success and I’m living it right now”.


But how do we do that? How do we create our personal space?

It is a lot easier than you think with Concordia University Wisconsin’s FREE online course “How to Create Your Personal Space“.

This course explores:
1. Why having a personal place is needed.
2. How to teach yourself to professionally grow.
3. The importance of connecting.
4. How to succeed with encouragement.

I took the course myself, and I really enjoyed it. It focuses on these three things: Grow, Connect, Encourage and is perfect for starting the new year on the right foot.

I loved the lessons of knowing yourself better and what strategic steps it takes to succeed. It consists of essays, videos, interactive polls, and download journals so I felt like I was learning in a very all-inclusive manner. 

The course is free, delivered to your inbox, and takes about 1 week and 3 – 4 hours to complete. I finished the course with a new appreciation for my skills and an action plan to keep myself on the right path.

All of the content from this email course is taken from Concordia University Wisconsin’s 100% one-year Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration (OLA). An OLA is an alternative to an MBA that focuses on your personal growth and a leadership potential

“When you come to a point in your life where you deem yourself successful, you have discovered your personal place.”

Ready to take this free course? Learn more and get started here.

Have you set any goals for 2017?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • That sounds really cool! I feel like I have such scattered expectations for what I want for myself and I really need to slim them down and focus on the ones I can/should focus on.

  • This sounds like an interesting course! It’s so important to remember that success can be defined in so many different ways and looks different for everyone.

  • You’re right! Success looks different for each person. Depending on what you value, depending on what you prioritize, depending on where you are in life.

  • I think this course could help me relax and pace myself. I’ve been working hard on my career but recently, I’ve been feeling overtired and discouraged.

  • What a fascinating course! It sounds good and helpful. And it’s amazing because it’s totally free! I would like to spread this.

  • My life goals changed so much after I started having kids and I am not where I expected to be. I do not feel successful, but I feel like I am on the right path.

  • I have not set any goals yet for 2017. I should probably start thinking about that though! Right now I’m just thinking about the holidays!

  • I really need to check this course out. I don’t have any goals yet for 2017 (life hasn’t slowed down enough to plan for that!) and I’d be interested to see how this works out

  • As we inch closer to the new year, I’m setting goals for myself and my business. This course sounds like just the thing I need to get my plans in order and make it the best year yet.

  • As we take on a new stage or phase in our lives, we always have expectations about the outcome and most of the time it turns our completely different from what we expected. I think it’s awesome that life surprises us in such a way because we get to learn things and realize that what we have is more.

  • I’ve never really had a life plan, but I know people who do. I know those that have had it blow up in their faces, and another who’s had it work out. Personally, there are times when I hate not knowing what’s going to happen, but I love the great surprises you get on the way.

  • I am an online course junkie and I am so grateful that you shared this. I’m signing up! I miss school after finishing my master’s. I need more to do! 😉

  • I think I could benefit from this course. I love my personal space but could stand to grow some.

  • Sounds like a great course! I agree with you. Success is an internal thing. Success for me is not about money and material things. It’s about happiness and contentment.

  • I need to crete some personal space! As a busy mom to 5 kids they are all in my business 24/7! I really loved this post and I am going to work on this in 2017.

  • for some reason when you were describing your life, I loved it when you said, “the reality of my life has actually been so much better than I could have imagined or planned”. It made me think about what my plans were in my 20s then in my 30s and even now entering my 40s…I don’t think many of my plans came true but my life has been better than I could have planned. I wish more people saw this.

  • Everyone has their own rendition of success and what that looks like. Once you can define and verbalize that, you know that you’ve found it!

  • This sounds like an interesting course! Lovely pics. We all need our own personal space. I am going to work on this in 2017. Thanks for sharing.

  • This sounds like it was a wealth of information to be learned. A place of success is definitely what you make it!

  • Great looking course! We are working on getting our girls ready for school as they are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 and also working on our diet and weights in the new year for our goals!

  • Your post is so positive and inspiring. Success is really what we make of what we have or don’t have. It’s how we took action. I am still a work-in-progress, but I know I’ll get there.

  • It is really good to know that there are courses our the there available to us no matter how old we get. Life changes and so do we. It is so important that we continue to grow and succeed as it paves the way for generations after us.

  • Success does mean different things individually. Its a beautiful thing that you have decided to make your life into what you want it to be. I would love to take this course from the University.

    Isaly Holland

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