I am a bit behind in my SoulSpace posts. I did the interview with Xorin Balbes during the Elevate week (what better way to elevate things than to talk to the author of our book study book?) After the interview, I forgot to write about how I elevate my own space.
If I have learned one important thing from all of this, it is that my best progress takes place when I am forgiving of myself. Like Naomi wrote, I also have been feeling a bit of down time to absorb this process. It feels out of place to be focusing on elevating my space when I am still surrounded by stuff! I want to keep looping on the first three phases until my entire space is where I want it to be as far as cleanliness and clutter! I am just not there yet.
But I still want to honor the process. This phase of elevating is a fun one. In this phase, Xorin encourages us to consider what are the “little things” that we do to make our space comfortable and to give us a sense of relaxation. Ideally, we are able to create a spa-like experience in our own home.
So how do I do this? There are lots of ways. One thing I love is putting a tablecloth on the table and lighting candles for dinner. Celebrating the day with my family is a great ending to our day. It gives us time to tune out all the electronics that rule our time and to focus on each other.
Another thing I love to do is play music in the house. We don’t always agree on our musical tastes, but my husband and I have music that we both love and Tatia and I have music that we both love. Playing music and enjoying it together adds intimacy to our day. Eric and I love to listen to kirtan music. We’ve often attended concerts and kirtan festivals to enjoy this together. It is a rich part of our relationship and something that we connect deeply with. With Tatia, we love listening to the same music. We have very similar tastes in our fun and funky music choices so we will put on music sometimes while we are washing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen. Or when we are cooking together.
Another comfort to our family time is cozy blankets. A few years ago, I made a colorful quilt. This quilt is our family quilt and we all love to snuggle under it while we watch TV together in the evenings. Recently, it got displaced by another more snuggly blanket that my mom gave me for Christmas, but this blanket is not big enough for all of us so we kinda fight over it. The family quilt is still used but the blanket is preferred so we might have to work on that. Maybe we need to get a bigger one that we can all fit under and then move our family quilt to our bed.
Speaking of our bed, this last week our bed has become another strong ELEVATE point. Our bed is always an elevate point because we tend to use very comfy pillows and blankets. We are really picky with our bedding choices. But our mattress is a getting older and not holding its shape as well as it has, so it has started to get uncomfortable. We had discussed getting a new bed, but really didn’t want to invest in that right now. So, rather than buying a new bed, we decided to purchase a 4 inch memory foam. Wow. What an incredible difference it has made! Tatia’s bed is very comfy too. Last Christmas, we got her a new memory foam that is pretty thick. Like us, she really likes her comfy bed!
So that is what we are doing to elevate our home. What about you? What are the special things that make your home unique to you?