In our kitchen is an old wooden table. We eat here for every meal. We’ve had it for many years, its age indicated by all of the marks and scratches which have been made over time. I like to sit in my favorite chair at one particular end of the table where I can see an old tree in the wood, its roots snaking down into the earth and its branches reaching toward the sky. Every morning, with my tea in hand, I breathe in this view. It is comfortable here, safe and sacred. But sometimes I crave a different view. What would life look like from that spot? I move my chair to the other end and my perspective shifts.
I love feeling deeply rooted but I also need to feel new. It is the creative in me. I am the artist and my life is my art. I need the freedom to say yes, to try new things, and to create new spaces in our home. I like to move furniture around or paint a room. Sometimes I simply hang a new picture. I also like to add bits of inspiration by taping images or poems and spirit-lifting quotes to my walls. I love having these little visual guide posts—when I walk past one of my walls and feel moved by a simple phrase placed there, I am re-connected to myself and things I want to uphold. Even a short reminder to savor each moment can shift my experience for the rest of the day.
The changes I make are often simple and understated, but even small shifts can make a big impact. When we want to be a present mama for our kids, we don't always have the option to retreat to a room at the back of the house. Sometimes we just have to claim the space we can, you know? It just needs to be a space that, when you see it or are near it, your soul feels a little more nourished. This is why I create small pockets throughout my home—to carve out space that is meaningful and sacred just for me, like my chair at the dining room table. The bathroom becomes a sacred space when I take my baths. A picture in the hallway from one our favorite vacations inspires me to take three deep breaths.
Doing these simple things in my home reconnects me to myself and my family. I am reminded of the beauty that exists all around me every day. And then, our home is not just a shelter for me and my family, but a sanctuary where I feel steady peace.