Simply Inspired Holidays: First Things First

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays Series

WELCOME! I’m so thrilled to begin our holiday series. This series something I’ve been wanting to do to inspire myself as much as something I’m excited to share with you all. With Thanksgiving in the U.S. still coming up and of course Christmas after that (and New Year’s following at the end of the year), we’re obviously coming up on a very busy season! Whether we are planning our festivities and coordinating all the get-togethers, decorating and setting up the tree, buying gifts or just cleaning the house so it doesn’t look like a bomb went off, there’s just a lot to do this time of year.

Rather than going on one extreme and stressing out trying to do ALL THE UNNECESSARY THINGS or swing to the other side and do NOTHING SPECIAL (and end up feeling like I missed out), I want to find simple ways to be fully present and enjoy the experiences and festiveness of the season.

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays Series

Have you thought about what you want your holidays and home to feel like this year? As a disclaimer, I haven’t started decorating my house for Christmas yet (all the photos in this post are from years past), so not to worry, I won’t be rushing ahead to the finish line or skipping right past Thanksgiving (for those of us in the U.S.). There’s about zero risk of me making anyone feel behind. But in the days and weeks ahead I can’t wait to find and share inspiration for all the wonder and sparkle of the season so we can make our holiday everything we want it to be.

As I mentioned, this series is called Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays.

I believe that if we begin this season with an intentional focus on gratitude, we’ll be inspired to create a special atmosphere in our home for celebrating.

When we remember that is a blessing and gift to be able to create a cozy and festive home for our family to celebrate, we’ll savor the process and enjoy our home even more.

If we keep things simple, we’ll keep the focus on what really matters (and not feel like a frazzled mess in the process!).

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays Series

first-things-first-tirSo first things first!

  1. Let’s create a vision in our minds for what matters MOST to us this season. 
  2. What are you most grateful for? Ask yourself how gratitude can help you shape your holiday plans and expectations. 
  3. How will you create a simple but festive environment for celebrating in your home? What might you choose to skip in order to savor the season? Make a list of your plans and priorities.

You don’t have to do it all, but what you choose to do can be meaningful to your family and help set the tone for celebrating and memory making.

I definitely start to feel more inspired once I get a vision for where I’m headed and why. I can’t wait to get started!

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays Series

Note: The series won’t necessarily be posted every day (since I still want to give you updates on our kitchen remodel and will have other random things I will want to talk about in between), but it will be posted several times a week through the end of the year. See you tomorrow!

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holiday Series!

love-the-home-you-have-the-inspired-roombook page from Love the Home You Have

Are you feeling inspired already for the holiday season, or are you slightly overwhelmed (or both!) at this point? Or maybe like me you are just in denial. I’m excited, but also wishing our kitchen would be done in time for Thanksgiving dinner and that I wouldn’t be Christmas decorating around a heavy kitchen sink in a box on the dining room floor.

Isn’t that how it goes though? Most of us don’t have the perfect house or perfect circumstances for the perfect holiday. Even if you are in your sweet spot in life right now, expectations for what this season should look like can sometimes distract us from what we really want it to be.

I could hardly believe it when my Instagram feed started filling up with homes fully decorated for Christmas already on November 1 (and before)! That feels early even for me (See my post from the past when I was defending having a tree on Thanksgiving!).

Whether you are eager to baste that turkey and ready to deck the halls, or just wondering how in the world (or even if) you are going to pull yourself or your home together in time to celebrate or entertain, I have a brand new series for us this year :)

This series will be designed to inspire a little more joy in the season for all of us, no matter what shape or size or state our home is in this year. I’ll share simple practical ways to transform your home, heart and holidays. It isn’t just about decorating and gift giving (although I’ll offer lots of inspiration for that!), it’s about all the ways we can start savoring this season at home, right where we are.

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays kicks off here on The Inspired Room this Monday!

Will you join me? :)

As a free gift from me to you, you can download a copy of a “Seasons” art print, based on the one featured in my book photo (above)! You’ll find various sizes and other artwork options right here. Enjoy!

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