Hello my friends. Welcome to my blog, to my online home. I have ‘home’ on my mind today. What it feels like to be home, to feel home, to feel at home, to take care of my home, to love my home.
I can blame one woman for all those deep thoughts: Melissa from the Inspired Room. She has written a book and was kind enough to send me one. It is a good book, a thought provoking book and a book that is so timely and necessary in this age of pinterperfect homes and of TV shows that convince you that it is possible to give your whole house a makeover in a weekend (if you have a team of 30 craftsmen at your disposal).
Melissa sets out to convince us that we can all love the home we have. There is no need to wait until you are able to move into your dream home, you can love the one you have here and now.
And if you really feel that there is not much to love about your home, she takes you by the hand and gives you some challenges to help you along the way. At the end of the book you will be downright smitten with your own home. I promise you that.
I also took a challenge. The challenge to clear one little spot and then go get myself a bunch of flowers I truly loved and make that one spot beautiful. It really is a little spot I choose. A corner of my mantel that is still sporting at least half of my winter decoration while I can not make up my mind what I want for Spring decor.
So instead of waiting for it all to come together I ‘stole’ a corner and put some pretty, happy pink flowers in my blue mason jar.
They light up the whole room and do a very good job of distracting me from the mess around them.
Although they are also inspiring me to clean up that mess and make the rest more beautiful too.
And that is how it works doesn’t it. You take back control over one little area and than that feels good and you take control of another little area. And then you have two islands of peace and beauty. And then a third and a fourth. And after a while those little islands of order and tranquility grow together to form a continent. And then your whole house starts to feel so much better.
If you feel the green monster pop up from time to time. When Pinterest and Facebook and Blog reading makes you feel inferior and unworthy. When it seems as if everybody else’s house and home is bigger, and more beautiful than yours. Than do yourself a favor and pick up this book, and let Melissa put your mind at ease. It is all good and it will only get better.
Why don’t you surprise yourself with a new book and buy yourself this one: Love the Home you Have (affiliate link). And then pick a few challenges and do them and see how much better they will make you feel.
Or go see which challenges a wonderful set of other woman have been inspired to tackle.
Isn’t that a gorgeous line up of smiling faces! And they all took the challenge! And they are all loving their home a bit more today than they did yesterday.
Here are all the links to their blog:
You can find all kinds of information and many more inspiring quotes like the one above on The Inspired Room.
Now go forth and love the home you have!