Does this sound familiar? You get home from work, kick off your shoes and set about either making dinner, doing some exercise or putting the kids to bed if you have this added responsibility, too. Weekends can be equally as hectic, as you try and fit in some meaningful time with friends, family or that special someone.
What this often means is that you don’t always have time for some of the lower priorities in life, such as finding time to decorate your surroundings to reflect you!
For example, the lounge room, which you had once envisaged as having minimal furnishings and as your sanctuary, now has piles of magazines and newspapers spilling off the coffee table and the kids’ toys piling up in the corner. Or your bedroom which was meant to be a warm sensual space, has shoes falling out of the cupboard and paintings you wanted to hang leaning against the wall (you must find those hooks!).
Our surroundings influence our overall well being – therefore creating an environment in your home or workplace that represents who you are, or who you want to become, helps charge your motivation and is good for the soul.
Even the smallest of changes in your surroundings can have a big impact – acting like a larger than life vision board if implemented with creativity and authenticity.
When you walk into your home, office or bedroom – you should feel a connection with your visual surroundings. You instantly feel at home not because you’re in your home, but because it represents you.
It fills you with the same little buzz or connection that you get from finding an unusual bowl or a piece of jewelry at a market whilst on holiday in some exotic destination, or at the flee market down the road. It excites you because it often speaks to a more creative or genuine part of your personality which intrinsically represents you, or who you want to become.
If you’d like to beautify or create more inspiring surroundings in your home or workplace, here’s a few simple things you can do to let your personality shine through:
Show your passion
If you’re a lover of photography or would like to become a photographer, for example, display some of your own photos, or some of your favorite artist’s work around the house.
If your budget is tight, next time you go to an exhibition, stop past the gift shop and pick up a few postcards of your favorite exhibition piece. Buy a few photo frames and place them around the house – every time you walk past them you’ll not only feel happy looking at them, but they’ll also inspire your creative side.
Create a space for reflection and stillness
Having a space to meditate or reflect is really important to help you re-energize and reassess your goals. It’s important to have a place in your home that is free from clutter and allows you to get in the zone.
If you’re into yoga and meditation, find a place where you can practice and decorate that area with candles, incense or a picture of your favorite guru for inspiration.
Or perhaps you have a green thumb and find peace from flower arranging and gardening. Imagine how nice it would be next time you’re doing the dishes to look outside the window and see those window baskets blossoming with your favorite herbs and flowers!
Remove any bad energy from your home
If you’re picking up some bad energy from your home make it your mission to scrub it out and replace that energy with yours truly!
While this may require getting your hands dirty, clean your home until it sparkles, open all the windows to let the light flood in and fresh air sweep through each room. Then smudge with sage or burn some incense to remove any negative vibes. You should then light a candle and state your intention: “I energize this candle with love and peace – may it spread through my home and to everyone who enters it.”
If you’ve changed your surroundings to reflect who you are, we’d love to hear the difference this has made to your overall happiness or whether it’s inspired you in other areas of your life. Do you agree that being you can be the most beautiful inspiration in your life and home?