Like most women, I wear many hats each day. On any given weekday, I move through the roles of wife, mother, daughter, family member, friend, homemaker, employee, entrepreneur, group leader, and travel agent…I’m sure there are more, but those are the main ones that come to mind.
I love and appreciate my life, though it can become very busy. As someone who enjoys working hard, it can be tough to find balance. In my opinion, it’s crucial to have a place to which I can retreat daily, where I can relax and be restored, and be ready to give my all the next day.
This is why I consider our home to be my sanctuary. It’s a place where many of the stresses of everyday life fall away as soon as I walk through the door. We want that for everyone who visits us as well. I can’t begin to tell you how much I adore our home. To keep it a peaceful space, there are a few things I do intentionally:
–Extend Grace and Be Kind– Our family at home consists of me, my husband, our son, and my mother. One thing you’ll notice when visiting our home is that we’re kind to one another. Our faith is very important to us, and we believe that it’s important to be loving to one another out of the love that we have received. We speak to one another with love and respect, and we work to provide a safe space for one another. Here, it’s okay that we’re not perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes; that means that at the very least, you’re trying. We’re affectionate. While we may not get it right every single time, being kind to each other is at the forefront of our minds. It’s just a loving atmosphere that allows us (and the people who visit us) to relax and be at ease.
–Create a Cozy Space– I love it when guests come over and sit down on one of our cozy sofas. They’re enveloped in softness, and they are able to prop themselves up with pillows, and enjoy soft throw blankets. Everywhere you sit, there’s something soothing or soft that you can touch and enjoy. Lighting is important, too. Use have a dimmer, and use candles, twinkle lights, etc, to add to the atmosphere. It took us such a long time to take our Christmas tree down this year because the twinkle lights added such a nice glow to our living room. We’ll often enjoy our fire pit in the backyard, surrounded by couches and chairs (and throw blankets in the fall). I even use hot chocolate scented Wallflowers by Bath and Body Works in the winter for a warming scent in the air. Fresh flowers add life and vibrancy as a lovely touch. Anything that makes people want to snuggle in a little more is what we love to include in the decor.
–Your Bedroom is Key– This is the most important room in the house when it comes to your well-being. Our room is simple; we have a large, cozy bed, nightstands with lamps for reading, a fabulous large mirror…and that’s about it. No TV, no computer. Our curtains are transparent and they shimmer during the sunset, setting off flecks of gold all over the room. My husband and I get home just in time for the sunset, and our room faces the glorious show every day (so thankful for that). It’s a beautiful scene when we get home, and we can often relax on the bed a bit, enjoy the lovely atmosphere, and catch up with one another. Of course, our little guy loves these moments, too. He often tells us how much he loves our room. The focus here is rest, relaxation, restoration, and connection.
–Nourish Yourself– If you have a lot to accomplish each day, it’s so important to take care of yourself. Our kitchen always has a lovely display of fresh fruits available and ready to eat, in pretty bowls. On any Sunday afternoon, you’ll find me in the kitchen, meal prepping for the week. I make green juice and store it in mason jars, make smoothies for our son (he’s a picky eater and this is how I get him his fruits and veggies), grill chicken, make soups, and blacken salmon for the week. My yogurt and Wesley’s breakfast bars are lined up for breakfast, and I cut up fruit like watermelon, honeydew, and pineapples and put them in small plastic bags for easy retrieval. If healthy, nourishing foods are easily within reach every day, our chances of making better choices increase. Ultimately, we feel better and have the energy to carry out our tasks during the day.
These are just a few things I do at home so that I can be well and ready to take on each day. Do any of these resonate with you? Let me know below. Here’s to living well!