Do you remember those bright neon Vacancy/No Vacancy signs that you might have seen at small town motels?
I remember these signs from when I was a little girl traveling with my family from Houston, Texas to Hot Springs, Arkansas for the annual family reunion every August.
In the hotel industry, having no vacancies is the goal and the optimum situation.
When a hotel is full, all of the rooms are rented out to customers, and the hotel has maximized its potential revenue.
The metaphor of vacancy/no vacancy is a way to think about your inner space and experience—where you place your attention and to whom you give your time and energy.
Like a hotel, you have inner spaces that belong to you, and they are valuable.
You have almost endless possibilities about how, when, where, and to whom you open your inner space, and how much of your internal resources of time and energy you give.
If there was a neon Vacancy/No Vacancy sign above your head that only you could see, what would it say?
Most of us have at least a few—or many—vacancies. Vacancies are places and spaces inside us that are empty, or vacant.
What should we be filled up with?
Self-love, positive self-regard, self-care, a sense of worthiness or enough-ness, peace, appreciation, and self-acknowledgment just to name a few.
What would you add to the list?
In a perfect world, every woman would be a No Vacancy person, because she would be filled up with herself.
When you are a No Vacancy person you know that you are the first and primary reference point for everything you want to experience.
You know how to avoid self-abandonment.
You know that you are the expert on what you need and want. And you are willing to take courageous, empowered action to make your desires and dreams come true.
What are the clues that someone has an invisible Vacancy sign above her head? Here are a few:
- You over-focus on other people.
- You devote more than a few fleeting moments to trying to figure out what another person is feeling, thinking, or doing.
- You feel lost and disconnected from yourself, and persistently look outside to feel filled up.
- You become compulsive about communicating with someone.
- You are preoccupied with other people’s issues or problems.
- While doing any of the above, you neglect, ignore, or fall behind on your own projects, dreams, or desires because your time is being spent on outer—instead of inner—space.
When any of these are happening for you, you will be less filled up with yourself.
It’s as if we’ve simply given away one (or more) of our valuable inner rooms. And because we’ve given over our inner space to someone or something, we have less to give to ourselves.
If you’ve had many vacancies over a long period of time, you’ll discover that when you return to yourself, you feel empty, as though there’s no one home.
You feel lonely because your inner space hasn’t been filled with you. Your focus was elsewhere.
Real-life guest rooms in hotels are valuable. To secure one requires that guests jump through a few hoops.
If you want a hotel room you have to present some identification like a driver’s license or passport. You’ll also need to prove that you have what it takes to temporarily take up residence there—which in hotel terms means you must prove that you can pay.
The higher bar required to get a hotel room means that we must take seriously to whom we are renting our rooms (inner space).
Ideally, your interior spaces are filled with you.
Being a No Vacancy person doesn’t mean that you are “full of yourself” in a narcissistic way. It means you are full of what makes you who you are—your thoughts, beliefs, values, wants, needs, and dreams.
Exploring where you are on the vacancy/no vacancy continuum gives you important information.
Becoming a No Vacancy person will significantly improve the quality of your life.
Being a No Vacancy person means you have sovereignty over your inner space.
So how do you make the shift to becoming a No Vacancy person? First, simply notice where you are on the continuum from Vacancy to No Vacancy.
Ask yourself, “How much of my time and energy is spent inhabiting—or not inhabiting—my own inner spaces?”
Having this awareness is progress.
And when you get an answer to this question, see if there’s a shift that needs to happen, and ask for direction from trusted person, coach, inner guide, or your Higher Power if you’re not sure.
One of the most effective ways to shift your focus back to you is to ask yourself these three questions in any given moment:
- What am I observing with my five senses, or what can I record with a video camera?
- What are my thoughts and feelings about what I am experiencing?
- What do I want to do about all of that, if anything?
These three questions will help you to Return to You so that you can fully inhabit the valuable space inside you.
It’s so easy to get sidetracked with other people’s agendas, dramas, and issues, isn’t it?
If you resonate, it’s time to fill yourself up with you.
How do you fill yourself up?
If you’d like some ideas for how to fill yourself up with high quality self-care, read my article 30 Simple Self-Care Ideas
© Victoria Priya (2023)
I want to support you to Return to the authentic truth of who you are, Reclaim what is yours, and Receive everything that is meant for you. So that you can Regenerate your life, your relationships, community, and the world.
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