Every now and then I wonder if spending so much time dreaming about design and restoring our home is silly. I mean, it’s not like I’m curing cancer or bringing about world peace. Sometimes I feel guilty when I know that there is so much suffering in the world. Should I really care so much about what my house looks like?
And then I remind myself that the act of making changes in our life is empowering. There is something deep and profound about looking at our environment and saying, “No. I don’t accept this. I won’t live surrounded by this. I’m going to change this with my own two hands.” And then changing it. Maybe it sounds a bit dramatic, but hear me out. When we know ourselves well enough to identify what we don’t like in our lives and we give ourselves permission to change it, that empowers us. When we take a small risk and experience the reward that comes with making a positive change, that emboldens us. When we look at a situation that seems impossible and creatively figure out a way to defeat the odds, that teaches us that we are capable of more than we first thought. When we value ourselves enough to say that we deserve better, it influences all areas of our life. When we recognize the areas that we can change within our own lives, we look with confidence at the world around us and realize that we can also change the world.
Making changes that are important to you is empowering, and it profoundly influences all other areas of your life. When you have to make a decision even though you’re not quite sure what to choose, you learn how to listen and trust your instinct. When you try something new and it fails, you realize that the world keeps turning and it’s really not a crisis, so you try again. When you begin to create an environment that inspires and encourages you, you find that you also choose to surround yourself with people who have a positive impact on your life. When you are weary and physically exhausted but you know that the only way to finish a project is to just keep going until it’s done, you learn to dig deep and find the strength within you. When you are able to acknowledge that something is important to you, even if it isn’t as important to others, you celebrate yourself and your life.
I’m telling you, friends, learning to change my home has taught me so many life lessons. And it has given me the confidence to look outward into the world and say, “I can change that. I can make it better. I’ve had lots of practice and I’m good at it.” I can see potential in the worn out, broken down, cast aside, hopelessness of our world and I know that I am capable of making real, positive change. And when I place value on myself and my needs, I in turn am better able to value others and recognize the needs I see in them. So no, making changes to my home is not silly. It equips and empowers me to change the world!
Hold your head up high, trust your instinct, make a change, learn from the mistakes, and fully embrace this beautifully messy life. Go forth and restore your home, your heart, your life, and your world!
Have a beautiful day!