If you'd like to catch up on the previous 4 parts of YOU Matter, you can check them out below...
Let's get on to our final (and my personal favourite) YOU Matter - Part 5!
Do Your Surroundings Reflect Your Worth?:
Welcome to Day Five of YOU Matter!
It's our last day of diving into the many reasons why YOU matter, and your absolute importance as a worthy human being.
Today I'm going to chat about one of the things most dear to my heart.
Your home is the external validation of YOU. It's the one place you truly get to let your personality run rampant and feel completely at ease.
It's there to support and nurture you as you go about your day.
It has a simple strength and power to contribute to your life and how you feel.
Are you making the most of it? Are you creating your rooms in a manner appropriate for someone who matters (YOU)?
Do you treat your surroundings with the respect they deserve as an extension of YOU and your own worth?
“Wherever you live is your temple if you treat it like one.”
The Importance Of HOME:
As you know if you've read The Creed, I believe creating a home that nurtures our soul is a vital part of creating a life well lived. It doesn't matter how big or small, old or new, makeshift or stay put, trendy or kooky your home is.... what matters is, that for the time you're there, you feel safe, loved, nurtured and comforted.
Yes, home (wherever or whatever that may be) is only a physical space, but I think that having a place to belong, and a place you feel welcome and happy is paramount to emotional well-being.
I don't think it's coincidence that even primitive men and women who lived in caves painted on their walls and decorated them. As humans, most of us seem to have a yearning for making the space around us pleasant to be in.
As someone who matters, you deserve your home to be the most supportive and nourishing soul space it can be.
You Are Enough Without The Stuff:
'Things' can become a big part of our lives. We become attached to them, and sometimes 'fill a void' with them. I've moved over 25 times in my life (mostly after I started university), and I currently live with my partner in a small unit with minimum space. I've learned over the years that too much 'stuff' is not conducive to a mindful life, and sometimes even masks and papers over whatever unhappiness I may be trying to deal with at the time. I have items I adore and would never part with, and that's okay. But I've also parted with some items I was supremely attached to for various reasons..... some of which became evident after counseling for a particular type of trauma.
Stuff is interesting, intriguing and encapsulating. In itself, it has no power what-so-ever.... and yet we give it power by transferring feelings and emotions to it. It's way too big a topic to get into deeply here, but suffice to say, you deserve more than being controlled by your stuff (in case that's how you're feeling).
Here are a few fabulous articles from Leo (this guy rocks when it comes to de-cluttering and what sits behind it), about how to deal with clutter.
Rules for getting organized and decluttered - from Zen Habits
Using gratitude to cure the impulse to buy more stuff - also from Zen Habits
“Discover sacred space in the midst of the ordinary, and realize that the ordinary has been extraordinary all along.”
(Victoria Moran - Shelter For The Spirit)
An Homage to HOME - The Creed:
I mentioned The Creed above, and in case you haven't read it yet, here it is reprinted below. I believe it's worth reinforcing/summarizing all the things I believe 'home' is. None of these things conform to any trend or third party ideal of what your home should be. It's all about YOU.
YOU are worthy, and therefore you deserve a home that expresses your worthiness in a way that speaks to you.
♥ I believe HOME is so much more than just a shelter... it is an extension of the soul, a representation of the people within, a repository of personality.
♥ I believe HOME is a safe, nurturing, supportive and happy place, where all who abide there feel 'loved' and 'free'.
♥ I believe HOME is a soft place to fall, a welcoming place for family and friends, an incubator of dreams.
♥ I believe HOME is not held to anyone's standards but our own. There are no expectations, no 'we must keep up with the latest fads', no feeling bad if we don't have lots of money to spend on it.
♥ I believe HOME is a melting pot of ideas, emotions, laughter, pets (cats anyone?), people, books, colour, music, conversation, scents, tastes, texture, pattern.... what-ever it is that makes your house a HOME for you.
♥ I believe decorating HOME is more about the 'gut' and the 'heart', than what's 'in' and what's 'out'.
♥ I believe HOME is the champion of our unguarded moments.
YOU deserve a champion, and you have one within your grasp... it's up to you to make it your own.
* Here's 'The Creed' in a printable version.
You can download this version, along with the image quote and affirmation featured in this post by clicking on this Day 5 YOU Matter freebie (no strings).
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
- Your home (no matter if it's rented, transitory, makeshift, old, new etc) can be an expression of the real you.
- You can create a home to nourish and support your wellbeing and soul.
- Little changes can go a long way.... a candle, flowers, a snuggly blanket, a corner to call your own, music.
- You are worthy of a home that makes you feel happy.
- Your home is no-ones but yours and the others who reside there. Whatever makes you feel good, is what is worth doing.
- Simplifying things means you have less to look after and more to notice (you can see things clearly).
- YOU matter, and therefore so does your home - you deserve a home you love.
A 'HOME' Affirmation:
To finish, here's a lovely affirmation to say whenever you want to feel comforted, safe, and loved...
That brings us to the end of our 5 day 'YOU Matter' expose`!
If this is your first stop, and you'd like to catch up on the other 4 days of 'YOU Matter', you'll find them here:
I hope you've found something useful and inspiring within the 5 days to help you realise just how significant and deserving you are. I look forward to seeing you here on the Blog where I'll continue to write about self care, self awareness, self love, and home inspiration (along with daydream inspiration and enchantment)!
Until we meet again,
Warmest blessings, big hugs, and a wink!