He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s such a sweet sentiment. In reality, your home is where your heart is allowed to rest. Our homes are where we spend time relaxing and refreshing ourselves. It should be a place where your mind can settle, your heart can be at peace, and your body can rest. Home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge from the world around you. Do you know why we take so many vacations? Because we are trying to get away from home responsibilities just as much as work. Home has become a place we check off our list of many responsibilities. Dishes: check; laundry: check; mop: check. It’s a place we run through late homework assignments, navigate the bills, plan the menus, and find our lost keys. We pile up papers and the mail, fix quick dinners, put the kids to bed, and wash the laundry for the second time. It’s additional and sometimes stressful work just to be at home. And, in a life already overworked, we would rather escape entirely once in a while than plow through when we should be resting. So many stay-at-home moms whose sole job is to take care of their home need a break from their “work”, and I understand. I’m one of them. But, I have an overwhelming desire to bring rest back into my home so that I don’t have to take a vacation to find that rest. My vacations can turn back into adventures rather than a hotel where I catch up on sleep. Rest is different for all of us. Rest for me means my home is orderly and organized. At that point, my brain can shut off, my body can relax, and my heart can be at peace knowing when I sit down on the couch, it’s not to catch my breath but to truly enjoy the show, or movie, or the tickle fight that erupts with my kids. It also means bright and airy environments with soft touches and warm contrasts for me; a cold glass of green tea lemonade on a hot day or hot cocoa on the cold ones. There is no reason our homes can’t become a place our minds, souls, and hearts vacation.