It’s been almost two years since I self published my book House + Home= Love. Here’s what’s changed since then- I’ve spent more time in client’s homes decluttering and helping them simplify, I’ve spent another year studying the BTB school of Feng Shui and most importantly I’ve seen a trend in the homes I work in. We are pressed for time, we are accumulating more and we are searching for a way to climb out from under our clutter so we can feel more peaceful in our homes.
I’ve decided to expand on the first edition of my book and go deeper on how we can begin to fall in love with Home through mindful habit changes, intentional placement of objects that serve a greater purpose than just storage and truly change the way we are living. The connection between our home and our being is powerful. I can’t wait to launch the second edition...as we step into a new season and get closer to more days of “hibernation” I’m excited to create from my heart. To be continued ❤️ 📸 @andcelebrate#happyfall#houseplushomeequalslove#selfpublished#homelove#authorsofinstagram#writefromtheheart#organizedforlife#simplify#loveyourspace
There is so much pressure on us nowadays to "find our purpose". But what does that actually mean? Maybe when we're speaking about purpose, what we're really talking about is meaning...
Through much of my 20s, I was running around everywhere trying to find this elusive sense of purpose. I'd poke under every rock, digging holes into the centre of the earth and climbing back out again, thinking that eventually I'd find my gold. Either that, or the gods would cast down their lightning prophecy from Mount Olympus above, and one day it would just hit me.
The problem with this picture is that it's quite disempowering. It implies that purpose comes from outside of ourselves, that it's a gift that has to be given to us.
What we are given is life. That is the gift.
It's up to us to make our own meaning from it.
As humans, meaning-making is what we do to make sense of self, events, and our relationships to the world around us. And one way that we've done that across many cultures is through story. •
Writing my own story has helped me make sense of the twists and turns my life has taken, and to weave my own understanding and values from these events. It has been an intimate tool to make peace with my past and reclaim forgotten parts of myself. Because of this, I'm more able to whole-heartedly soak up both the mundane and magic beauty of the present, and to create a life that is meaningful for me.
What holds meaning for you?
Who is known for their beautiful golf courses, astonishing scenes, and bagpipes?
Why Scotland, of course!
This is how my husband, Donny started his Sunday morning.
One 18-hole round down, six more to go.
Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.
// words by soul-soother Rumi
\\ art by Tobias Hutzler
Spring (or Autumn for the northern folk) Equinox blessings y'all. May we find balance in the leaning, calm in the chaos, and resilience in the fragility.
Maybe you’ve been blessed with a wonderful house to call home.
Maybe you’ve never had a place to claim as your own.
Maybe you’ve left for college and created a home in two different locations.
Maybe the home you’ve called yours doesn’t feel the same anymore.
Maybe you’ve moved and see yourself with two homes: the home you’ve always known, and the new home.
Or maybe you’re in a period of transition and you’re terrified to head into this unmapped place, a place you’re for certain will never feel like the home you’ve lived in.
Here’s the thing about ‘home,’ though: A home is wherever you make it.
See, ‘home’ does not equate to one place, one location, one physical house that shelters you.
It is not a certain time or a certain feeling.
You find homes in wherever you wander, in wherever you grow.
You find homes in interactions around you, in moments, in memories.
You find homes in people.🌈
Day 5 Tip #selfcareseptember .
Journal 📓 • Write your thoughts and see what happens • keep them for later or not • see where it goes • don’t hold back • listen to yourself you know best for you• 📷 by @olia.gozha • thanks creative lady ❤️
the memories of a carefree childhood leave me most nostalgic. it’s why I hold on so hard to those moments here, in adulthood. because when responsibilities begin to weigh my life down, i’ll always have the memories of us being children, being ourselves without a care in the world. that’s what makes me the happiest nowadays.
one very cool behind the scenes pic from a toyota commercial i was recently in, with the beautiful people above, that dropped monday (link in my bio to watch us run from dogs to our sweet ride). from strangers to lifelong friends in the course of a week. and a unique bond that’ll last a lifetime. thanks for the memories ILY ❤️
For years, I’ve found animal migrations both fascinating and perplexing. It’s seemed such a crazy concept to me, one who loves the safety of known spaces, to spend so much time traveling back and forth between two endpoints. And I’ve thought again and again - if you’re always moving, then where is home?
But I’ve been watching the geese, flying southbound in ragged lines, and thinking - maybe their home is not a physical place. Maybe it is the flock and cool air under wind-blown feathers and the land stretched out like a great painted canvas below. Maybe they have found home within themselves.
A home within myself - now that’s something to strive for.
Little Canada goose details on bands belonging to the rings in yesterday’s post. In the shop Monday, 9/24, at 6pm Mountain time ✨
Blindly Drawing | In a team-building activity, one member was tasked to draw a picture using only the other members' instruction. The assigned illustrator trusted in their members' command and creativity and produced an artwork created with teamwork. In a group, it is necessary to trust one another to achieve the desired goal we all have. | eAuthoress | #writefromtheheART
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“The truth is, whether we is rich or poor or something in-between, this earth ain’t no final restin’ place.
So in a way, we is all homeless—just workin’ our way home.”
Denver Moore, from the true book and movie “same kind of difference as me”.
The link to my latest post is here in my IG BIO: 7 Reflections On A Movie
After a looooong break I’m back in the writing process thanks to an inspiring conversation and healing session with my new friends over at @innerbloompodcast! I also found an old photo of one of my fave people (who is on the other side of the veil now) and I in an old writing book. I took it as a sign that I should utilize the expertise in the book as this person and I have a soul contract to make this world a better place through HEALING (my understanding of the contract so far at least). So, I’m using a semi-structured writing process to get out my next essay which has been brewing in my heart for almost 6 years! Stay tuned for its release! #Reikiinfusedwriting#writefromtheheart#selflovejourney#theuniversespeaks#amethyst#magicalmemoirsblog
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. // words by T.S. Eliot
\\ art by @carlota_guerrero via @sacredkin 💌 Because it's only when we truly come home to our earthly body that we can dance with our muse, and express the fullness of who we really are.
WRITE FROM THE HEART begins October 1. Follow link in bio or DM me for more details.
"If Feelings Were Swimming Pools"—It's okay to dive into our minds and face our emotions rather than surpressing them. (Yes, it's actually okay to cry!) Avoiding them can only lead to more damage and pain rather than gaining from it. When you do accept these feelings, however, learn to let go. Do not let them get a hold of you. If you do, it will only prevent you from enjoying the best of life. °
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Writing is something expressive. It takes a lot of courage to express something that you really want. For example, the posts that you’ve read few moments ago. Was it really the message that they’ve been wanting to say ? Or is it something else ? Who knows ?
Day 2 of #writeupseptember with @emi1y_morgan
Author influence... I am an author today largely because this woman encouraged me, critiqued me, and advised me on my journey when I was starting out unsure and unknowing. As an author, she is courageous and gutsy, writing from the heart and for the heart, not for the business of it. She does it all: first and third person, women's fiction, dystopian ya, and fantasy ya, and her upcoming release is a twist of Narnia and Oz with a flair of its own.
Some authors inspire how we characterize and plot, other writers inspire how we organize our careers. A rare author does all this while inspiring us to be better versions of ourselves. This is @author.j.rodes 💚 Thanks, friend.