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Third Space is an intentional community event designed to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where individuals can connect, unwind, and engage in meaningful activities. Named after the sociological concept of a "third space," which refers to a comfortable place that is neither home nor work, Third Space serves as a gathering spot for people in Marquette to find a sense of belonging, purpose, and human connection.

In today's fast-paced world, people often feel isolated and overwhelmed. Third Space offers a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's a space where you can slow down, relax, and enjoy the company of others in a supportive setting. By fostering a sense of community and connection, Third Space helps bridge the gap between our private and professional lives, providing a "third" place where you can truly be yourself.

Everyone is welcome at Third Space. Whether you're looking for support, connection, or just a moment of peace, our event is here for you.

June's Third Space Activities:


Tapping into your creativity is scientifically proven to help ease your nervous system and calm your mind, even if you don't think you're very creative. Each month, Third Space will provide a creative project to help you connect with your creative side.


June's Third Space event will feature Marquette themed postcards custom created by the talented Megan Leys. Watercolor paints as well as crayons/colored pencils will also be provided. 

*A note from Sarah* Megan has generously donated her time and talent to designing these custom postcards for Third Space. If you are able and willing, please consider making a donation to show your appreciation and support her work. 

You can also support Megan's work by following her on Instagram.

Preview this month's artwork below:


As humans we are biologically hardwired to need human connection. Small but meaningful conversations can help us feel connected and can have a lasting positive impact. Each month, Third Space will provide opportunities for meaningful connections.

Need some human connection in your life? Use the conversation starters below to strike up a conversation with someone attending Third Space.

  1. What is something you’re passionate about, and how did you discover this passion?

  2. What’s one of your favorite memories, and why does it stand out to you?

  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

  4. What’s a book or movie that has significantly impacted your perspective on life?

  5. How do you like to spend your free time, and why does it bring you joy?

  6. What’s a recent experience that made you laugh out loud?

  7. How do you practice mindfulness or relaxation in your daily routine?

  8. What’s a skill or hobby you’ve always wanted to learn, and why?

  9. Who is someone in your life that you deeply admire, and what makes them special?

  10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, and how has it shaped you?

  11. How do you like to give back to your community or help others?

  12. What’s something new you’ve tried recently, and what did you learn from it?

  13. How do you stay connected with friends and family, especially during busy times?

  14. What’s one of your favorite traditions or rituals, and what makes it meaningful to you?

  15. What do you think is the key to building strong and meaningful relationships?


The most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself. Fostering a healthy relationship with yourself by going inward and exploring your thoughts, emotions, needs, worries and hopes can have a positive impact on your mental and emotional health. Each month, Third Space will provide space for inner reflection.

Use the journal prompts below to help you reflect and spend some quality time with yourself. 

  1. What are three things you are grateful for today, and why?

  2. Describe a recent moment that made you feel truly connected to someone. What was special about it?

  3. What does a fulfilling and joyful life look like to you?

  4. How do you usually cope with stress, and what healthier alternatives can you explore?

  5. Write about a time you felt proud of yourself. What did you achieve, and how did it impact you?

  6. What are your core values, and how do they guide your daily decisions?

  7. Reflect on a challenging experience and the lessons you learned from it.

  8. How do you define success, and how has that definition evolved over time?

  9. What small acts of kindness have you experienced or given recently?

  10. Describe a place where you feel completely at peace. What makes it so special?

  11. What are your passions, and how do they contribute to your sense of purpose?

  12. How do you practice self-compassion and self-care in your daily life?

  13. Write about a person who inspires you and the qualities you admire in them.

  14.  Reflect on a recent conversation that had a positive impact on you. What made it meaningful?

  15. How do you want to be remembered by others, and what steps can you take to align with that vision?

Third Space: Our Story

Third Space is the passion project of two Marquette residents, Sarah Santiago and Megan Leys. We are united by our belief in the healing power of positive human interactions, self-reflection, and creativity. We want to harness our skills, knowledge, and passion to give back to our community, creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment where individuals can connect, unwind, and engage in meaningful aways. We aim to spark positive and impactful change, enhancing individual wellness and fostering a sense of collective well-being within the Marquette community.

*Third Space is a safe space that openly welcomes people of all identities. Discrimination, hostility, and disrespect will not be tolerated.*

Third Space is proudly sponsored by Bloom Counseling and Wellness, and Megan Leys. Participants can enjoy complimentary coffee and creative materials.

We thank The Crib in Marquette for hosting Third Space in their cozy space.

Sarah Santiago (She/Her) is a licensed mental health therapist and owner of Bloom Counseling & Wellness.

Megan Leys (She/Her) is an educator, artist, and owner of Lichen and Lake.

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