Hospitality: Creating a Welcoming Home

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

There are a lot of details that go into homemaking. It's much more nuanced that people first believe and about more than the practical. Relational homemaking is just as important as clean counters and homemade dinners. Because it can be too easy to overlook the relational aspect, but all relationships take constant work. That's why hospitality is such an important part of being a homemaker. I talked all about creating regular happy hours as a form of hospitality. And about making our home feel cozy by adding finishing touches. But those are just parts of creating a welcoming atmosphere, one that extends to guest and the home's inhabitants alike. Aside from clearing the clutter and making sure the hand soap is stocked, how can you create a feeling that says 'you are always welcome here'?

Want to be Happier? Boundaries

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Let's talk guarding your mind and mental health. In our modern society, we are consuming more content than ever. And these things we consume have a profound effect on us, whether we realize it at the time or not. Of course, we can't control other people or the type of content they put out, but we can control ourselves and monitor what we consume. It's called boundaries, and we should be making more of them. And for that matter, we should be making them offline, with the people in our lives too.

Living on One Income

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

In talking about the switch from full-time, outside of the home career to full-time homemaker, I would be remiss if I brushed over the fact that we are now living on one income. John brings home the paycheck and I find ways to make our budget stretch. It's always an adjustment to live on less, but since we've always saved most of my paycheck, it hasn't been a huge change. Still, I've been finding new ways to save and thrive on a single income.

Full, Not Busy

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

As I sit here writing this post, I realize how productive I've been in the past week. I have times like that, where my energy levels ebb and flow, and this happens to be one of those times when I've been particularly adept at finishing up projects and crossing things off the to do list. I like the word 'productive.' I never want to be known as the alternative - busy. I don't want anyone else to comment on how busy I am, and I certainly never want to say the words 'I'm so busy lately.' It's a true four letter word to me.

Finishing Touches: Creating a Cozy Home

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I've always thought of my home as a place of rest and grounding. Numerology supports this, our house is a four. But as a minimalist, it wasn't feeling quite as cozy or 'finished' as I would like. Just not totally lived in, if that makes sense. I'm very particular not only about what fills a space, but how much. So I'm not ever going to load a room with wall hangings and throw pillows and oversized chairs, no matter how cozy it may appear in a photo. All that clutter would be stress to me, not quiet contentment. Instead, I needed to take my time and carefully choose a few key ways to make each room reflect that cozy, restful, peaceful vibe I was looking for. The finishing touches.