I once read that anywhere can be your castle as long as you treat is as one. I liked the idea of it and thought to myself that it would be so amazing to one day actually be able to feel that. Be able to create that: A space around you which no matter where and what would feel like your castle. So I never forgot this line and have since made an effort to incorporate it in my life.
After years of traveling and living as a student in CPH, London, NYC, Shanghai, CPH again and now back in Shanghai I have lived in quite a lot of different places. No actual castle yet... Still, I have found that by slowly shifting my focus from material things towards a greater appreciation of the things that truly matter in life I now feel richer than ever.
I travel light also when I move to a new destination so the things I bring are the ones that carry meaning. My Love-Joy-Peace catcher is from a small shop on the Philippines and it is now up on the wall in our new apartment to remind me of finding these three things as well as focusing on them every day. I honestly do not always succeed and some days I feel so restless that I like to think of my mind as a little monkey on drugs (!) But I try. To find a moment or two with peace in every day. I recently started my meditation practice for the same reason.
In our new home I have a few things like this one around me: Something with a symbolic meaning which I have brought home from a unique trip, a quote I have come across and carried with me through ups and downs and just daily small pleasures like spring flowers & beautiful exotic fruits.
Together with the special people in my life, things and thoughts like this is what makes my home feel like my castle.