Day 119 of 365 . . . prompt word: words
Words to live by in 2013. Sanctuary: peace . order . beauty
I love the written word. I always have. Words are a very powerful tool. They convey meaning and mood. They can instruct. They can soothe the soul.
I have recently started following a blog called Home Sanctuary. The creator of the blog, Rachel Anne Ridge, has been writing a blog which helps people turn their home into a sanctuary. There is something comforting about coming home at the end of a long difficult day to a place of peace, order and beauty. A place to retreat to. A place to relax and allow the stressors of the day melt away.
I am a self-professed hater of housework. My house isn’t filthy. It’s just terribly disorganized. I call it organized chaos, but let’s be honest with ourselves . . . it’s just chaos. There is nothing restful about being at home. I’m normally stressed because I am a disorganized mess.
A close friend recommended the blog to me over a year ago, but to be honest, I don’t think I was ready to receive the wonderful information contained in this blog. I didn’t think I could be “that kind of homemaker”.
But, for the sake of my daughter, I have finally come to a place where I realize just how important having a home sanctuary is for the whole family. Before you know it, she’ll be off to University and I would like to think I’ve equipped her with some tips on how to create her own home sanctuary. I think I will get her to use her bedroom to learn how. She’s now a teenager and I know she really wants to transform her room from the bedroom of a young girl to a teen’s room. A place for her and her friends to be able to hang out and relax. A place to create fun memories. A place of calm for a busy teen.
I’m afraid I have taught her to dislike housework — I feel I have done her a great disservice. However, I don’t think it’s too late. If it’s not to late for this 43- (almost 44-) year old to learn and embrace, it is not too late for a 13-year-old.
I am excited for 2013. It will be a year of positive changes and growth. How can there be anything wrong with that? Enjoy the next few last days of 2012 my friends. I am trying to come up with a word list for my 365 photo-a-day project. I think January 2013 will be filled with words that will bring peace, order and beauty. Words of sanctuary.
What are you looking forward to in 2013?