Valentine’s Day – Filling your life and your home with love

February 12, 2017

What makes a home special?  Is it the furniture?  The expensive fixtures in the bathroom?  How about the landscaping?

While the decorating of one’s home is certainly a way to express your style – it does not make it a haven.

Recently while looking for a retreat space for a healing weekend, I visited an estate that was spectacular in every way.  No detail was unlooked, right down to the custom made lightbulbs.

But as we were driving home, I was left with a feeling of emptiness.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was missing.  Everything was perfect.

Then it came to me – it was missing Love.

When I started Good Home I lived in an 800 sq ft. apartment in NYC – the size of many bedrooms in the US. I believed that a Good Home was attainable no matter what size or grandness your living space. It isn’t about what it looks like, but how it feels.  It is about the magic you sprinkle in your home, the touches done with love.  The scented sheets you sleep on or the pleasure of washing dishes with the calming scent of lavender as you reflect on a lovely meal with friends.

This past month we lost the matriarch of my family and Good Home, my Grandmother, whose love for her family was so immense it kept her going til she was 90, even years after my Grandfather, the love of her life had passed.

Her recipe for a home you want to come home to was simple – Love.  She has left me with a great gift – the knowledge that it is not the things in your home that make it special, but the memories you fill it with.

This Valentine’s Day let us all be grateful for the love we have in our lives, this could be your children, your friends, your pet or your partner. It is found in the shelter of a tree during a storm or the refreshing waves of the ocean on a hot summer’s day.  It is found in the healing herbs in our tea and the gift of nourishment from a backyard garden.  Love is all around us – we don’t have to find it or buy it.  We simply just have to open our eyes and let in in our heart.

In health and wellness -

Christine


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