Happy New Year, everyone!
While you're working on getting those New Year's resolutions started, many of which might be centered around making your house more of a home, here's something to keep in mind: The Home You Love Takes Work. This is a reminder to not be afraid of the word "work". Work can be very rewarding, and has exceptional payoffs in creating our homes.
We were just reminded with Mantra #2 that The Home You Love Takes Time. Mantra #3 is closely intertwined with Mantra #2, as work and time are often two challenges woven from the same emotional yarn. We can easily feel like we don't have enough time, and we don't have enough time because there's too much to do. So, we don't do anything.
But what's missing from this line of logic are the emotional and spiritual rewards of creating The Home You Love. The idea that working on something that will enrich your day-to-day life gets lost amongst the fear of scarcity (i.e., not enough time) and sense of overwhelm (i.e., too much work).
What if we allowed ourselves to think about work as a good thing? As something we enjoy? As something that happens on our own clocks, according to our own wants and needs? What if we trusted that work is actually good for our creative spirit and sense of self? And that perhaps work, the very thing that many of us try to avoid, is the remedy to those feelings of scarcity and overwhelm?
It's not easy. Creating The Home You Love takes effort, thought, patience and creative thinking. It may involve the very literal act of rolling up your sleeves. Or it may be more figurative as you work through emotional and spiritual blocks relating to home. It also takes a willingness to explore our very complex relationship to home. But as we dive deep into the depths of this relationship we will find ourselves amazed by all the wonders we uncover within both our homes and ourselves. And the work will be worth it.