At the end of a long week, there really is no place better than just being at home. These days I treasure it with all my heart. My home is what I make it whether messy or serene. I choose to fill it with the best vibes (and music) every day or to let stress and being “too busy” dampen the mood.
I’m really embracing this, and owning that the grass is greener literally NOWHERE else. It feels good to have that control over my own surroundings. And it’s amazing how far speaking positively about how much I love them has taken me. Instead of being stressed about the next few things on my to-do list, I’m trying to just open my eyes and appreciate how far we’ve already come. In each day I’m trying to really appreciate and enjoy what’s beautiful about this place we call home.
Honestly, I know that even admitting that I struggle with thankfulness will make someone angry. And I get that. Because to you my Internet home looks so perfect. But to me, it’s a real home. A home with a list of things my plumber needs to take care of and dirty dishes and a LOT of laundry to take care of. It’s not perfect, just like all homes.
Similarly my marriage, my job, my body, my schedule… all imperfect things yet I still have so much to be thankful for.
So I guess that the phase in life I am in right now is about learning to train my brain and my heart to see the good in each day.
Sorry if this is too somber. Haha! I’m awkwardly passing it along to Emma now… 😀
Sister, why so serious? Jk. I’ve got a homebody heart too. I feel you. Actually July and (soon) August are two months where I’m not traveling for work or fun hardly at all – so I’ve been filling my nights and weekends with little home renovation projects I’ve been meaning to get to. Plus binge listening to podcast episodes as I go. And it’s been making me SO happy. I also think that in addition to just staying home more, I’m also the type of person who really enjoys routines, which is easier to achieve when you’re not traveling.
And in case you are curious about podcasts I’ve been enjoying, well, let me fill you in. I’m (once again) way obsessed with Undisclosed. They’ve just started season two and it’s great, but probably going to be heartbreaking just like the first season. Also two good friends of mine started a podcast, and I think it rules. It’s called Shailey and Katie. They were kind enough to have me on an episode as well as Rachel Denbow, but I really love it when it’s just them too. I know I’m actually friends with them, but I swear listening to their show is like having two friends over while you are painting (or cooking dinner, or whatever you do when you listen to podcasts). And I still randomly listen to episodes of the Smart Passive Income podcast to get my small business idea juices flowing.
Idea juices… ew. Sorry I said that.
Emma’s Wearing: Plant Lady tee/Oui Fresh (order yours now, people!), Vest/Max Jeans via Marshalls, Jeans/F21 plus a bunch of white dog hair because, well, I can’t stop holding my dogs even if they shed like crazy, Shoes/Luxury Rebel
What about you? What are some of your favorite reasons to stay home? Are you a crafter, a baker, a candlestick maker? 🙂 xx. Elsie + Emma
Credits // Authors: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy