In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit that I already drive a Mercedes-Benz….
Why on earth do I feel like I’ve just returned from a holiday retreat?
I’ll tell you why… I am floating with blissful peace and inner harmony. I feel like I’m walking on clouds and my heart is beating half as fast as normal. I find myself smiling and feeling so unbelievably content. Moving from one job to the next between home life, parenting, work and study, I am so calm, so light, so refreshed.
Where have I been? Nowhere. I didn’t actually go on a retreat – as much as I’d have loved that – I’ve been home with nothing out of my ordinary routine.
RECONNECTING WITH YOUR HOME (YOUR HUB, YOUR SANCTUARY)
Life gets extraordinarily busy, particularly this time of year. I’ve been mentioning to my husband the past weeks that home doesn’t feel like home. I felt like it was a port for me to come and go, a ‘base’ not a ‘home’. Why? I allowed the busy-ness of life to start consuming me. When coming home, I’d dump things where they belong (sometimes not where they belong), do a load of washing, cook a meal, fold some washing, struggling to find the time to actually put it away.
Dressing meant fetching my clothes from the folded piles. I’d let my pot plants look nearly dead before watering them, whilst our house was always clean, I felt like everything was getting on top of me. In my head, I had cupboards to sort, swapping winter and summer wardrobe over and the task of chucking out clothes.
Piled up random mail and paperwork that needed a home (it always gathers on my kitchen bench – the dumping zone) was driving me crazy. All of these unorganised ‘sections’ of my home were not big jobs, not big at all, yet collectively it became overwhelming. I don’t often stress about things like that (not anymore), yet, the disconnection from my beautiful home was tugging at my heart.
HOW DID I RECONNECT?
I spent a whole day, not under obligation, but out of love and willingness, working from one end of the house to the next. I devoted my day to fluffing around, moving things about, putting items away, sorting and de-cluttering. There wasn’t really that much that needed doing in the grand scheme of things, yet, after having a cup of tea between rooms, snuggles with my toddler and having lunch over a magazine, it ended up being a most perfect day.
I burned candles throughout the entire house, reorganised my laundry area to create a new system just to re-energise the monotony of the job that takes place in there (endless washing). I fitted a new doona cover in our main bedroom and moved things around. I picked fresh flowers from the garden, ‘vased’ them all up and scattered them through the house.
On that day, I re-connected to my home. I gave to ‘it’, what you need to give to any important relationship – time, love and energy. Given it was the start of the week too; it just set things right for a successful and harmonised week ahead.
When your ‘base’ is in working order, it allows you to truly feel at home, energised and connected. When my home is sorted, I happily stroll through it and just enjoy each little area. It calms me and I am less flustered.
So there you have it, my ‘Home Retreat’. I aim to stick it out and keep on top of things so I can continue reaping the benefits and being connected to all that I do – after all, if you are not connected, therefore, not present – you don’t actually experience anything but the feeling of constantly chasing your tail.
The joy that simplicity brings – cannot be underestimated.