Its' a new year! With many of you, over the past few days I've spent some time reflecting and planning and thinking and dreaming and goal-setting. Honestly, the goal-setting and planning pieces are not the most natural for me, but I'm really enjoying the left-brain stretching and strengthening exercise of breaking down ideas into specific ideas into objectives, and from there into action steps. The promise of a fresh start is always energizing, and I'm trying to make the most of this momentum.
I've also been thinking about how interesting it is that many of us LOVE going all out when it comes to holiday decor... and then just as quickly, come January, it's down with the lights, out with the bulbs and glitter, and general minimizing all around. It's no exception over here! Although not as exciting or eventful as putting up the tree and decking the halls, the process of streamlining and editing is certainly satisfying as it brings a breath of fresh air.
I suppose my main takeaway is to encourage us all that the extra effort is worth it. Layering or editing, adding or removing, it's all in the interest of loving our homes and as a result, enjoying them all the more. Not that we need to overhaul our decor every month or take it to the same level as the holidays, but I think it really only takes a few special touches to make home more special.
Instead of twinkling lights, it might be a candle or two. (And don't forget to light them once in awhile!) A plant in place of evergreens... a pretty place setting... a lamp from the thrift store that serves as a piece of jewelry in the living room.
These little touches make for a meaningful, well-loved, thoughtful environment that welcomes all who enter. I always find it interesting that the desire to be at home seems to increase over the holidays - could it be that a little extra care in February (and June, and September...) could also create an environment of comfort, coziness, and just somewhere we want to be?
So, be inspired! Make your home a place you love to come home to every day... whether or not the Christmas decor is packed up yet. :)