Get Inspired To Love The Home You Have

Get Inspired To Love The Home You Have

Close your eyes for a moment and picture your dream house. What do you see? Do you see piles of clutter, dirty dishes in the sink, or stuff piled on every surface in your dream house? I’m going to guess not. :) Somewhere deep inside, we know that how our home looks and feels is important to us. And while we know the people matter more than the house, we can’t help but feel a bit discouraged or flustered if our dreams and reality are too far apart.

We want our home to be a true sanctuary in every sense of the word. We want it to be comfortable. Nurturing. We want it to reflect who we are. A place to welcome our friends and family. The way we see and care for our home greatly impacts our feeling of contentment in life and even our ability to effectively impact the world around us.

Do you relate?

OUR HOMES MATTER! :)

There is an inner conflict many of us house-lovers face.

We live here–therefore our house is a mess.

We live here–therefore we don’t want our house to be a mess.

It’s a tug-of-war between what we dream our sanctuary should be and the reality of what we see around us. And we try to find that balance in unfulfilling ways.

We need to make changes in our approach to find lasting contentment and love for the home we have.

Get Inspired To Love The Home You Have

I understand the struggle to find contentment, because I’ve felt it too. The solution for me isn’t to just accept the house in its mess (or I feel defeated, discouraged, and uninspired), and it isn’t to chase perfection (because I’ll never find it or be satisfied).

I wrote the book Love the Home You Have because after years of searching, trial and error, failure and success, I now know where contentment with a home isn’t found. And best of all, I know what it takes to find it.

I wrote this book to encourage dream-house seekers, apartment-dwellers, homeowners, renters, perfectionists, imperfectionists and everyone in between.

You’ll find inspiration and doable action steps in the book if you look around your home and …

…you feel at all discouraged by what you see.

…you love what you see, but you still wrestle with discontentment.

…you enjoy your home, but never feel you can keep up with your own expectations.

…your house feels out of control.

…you want your home to be your sanctuary.

…you wish your home was prettier or cleaner.

…you just moved in to your first home or you’ve been around the block a few times and want to remember what it’s like to dream.

…you don’t want to invite anyone over because you are ashamed of the mess.

…you wish you had a friend to come alongside you to cheer you on to get out of your slump so you can see your home in a new light.

… you need to find a balance between embracing the beauty and mess of everyday life.

…you can’t help but wonder if you are in the right (or wrong) house.

…you want to create a meaningful and intentional life within your own four walls.

…you want encouragement with how to love what you have and find contentment right where you are.

Get Inspired To Love The Home You Have

This is my first book, and it’s the first step on the journey to love the home you have. It will be officially released on March 31st! It’s a cute little book full of encouragement, practical tips and inspiring advice. It’s not a decorating book. It’s not an interior design book. But I’ll help you get started with that, too. It’s a book that will motivate you to take action with what you can do or change in your surroundings. Your new outlook on your home will change the way you view your life. All without spending a fortune or moving to a better house.

I’m so grateful to you all for your help in making this book what it is. Without you, without your encouragement, I would never have been brave enough to put these words and my stories on paper. Thank you for every comment, every high five, and every “me too” along the way.

It would be amazing and SO encouraging if you would pre-order the book at AmazonBarnes and Noble, or iBooks and let your friends know they can pre-order it too (pin or share this post?) Soon I’ll have a special book page so you can read more about the book and find lots of goodies created just for you.

Get Inspired To Love The Home You Have

PS. Our amazing designer at Harvest House, Nicole, did a beautiful job on the hand-drawn quotes in this post and created so many other sweet details inside Love the Home You Have. I can’t wait for you to see!

We will have LOTS of fun book launch activities coming up. I’ll share more of how you can help me with all that needs to get done in the next few weeks to get this book out, if you are able to help me? I would love for you to join my launch team — I’ll post details on what that’s about soon :-D! And, just so you know, I’m just about finished with another book (a coffee table book), called The Inspired Room, and I’m ridiculously excited about each one for different reasons! Eeek! :)

Thanks for joining me on this wild journey! XOXO

Don’t forget to pre-order at: Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}

Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}
Ta da! 

OH MY GOODNESS, you guys, my book actually looks like a real book! It has a cover! And it is SO CUTE! Behind the scenes for like the last year and a half of my life I’ve been writing THIS book! And the truth is, this book has been a work in progress my entire life because I’ve lived it. I just didn’t know it would be a book.

Between the pages of this cover, I’m sharing my house stories (the awkward, the humorous and the lessons learned), my heart for the home, my journey to contentment with what I have. I share all the ways I am inspired every day to embrace gratitude and to pour love into the home and life right in front of me.

I can hardly believe all my words will be in a book, but seeing that cover makes it all the more real! The book is due to be out on March 31, but you can actually pre-order now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! And I guess in the book world it’s helpful to us if you are so inclined to order early :). Eek!

I’m just finishing up book two (of eight), which has been a fun one, I can’t wait to share more on it as soon as I can. I’m also in the process of writing the third book already (crazy, right?) that will be a big huge full color photo book with ideas and all sorts of tips and encouragement for the home and it will be out next fall, just in time for our fall nesting! I feel like I need to pinch myself that this is all happening!

Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}

Meanwhile, in a related pinch me now moment, remember a year ago when my kitchen was being photographed for Better Homes & Gardens? Well, I almost forgot about it, too. But a few weeks ago I got an email from the editor who gave me the happy news that my kitchen would be appearing in this November issue of Better Homes & Gardens, which will arrive in mailboxes shortly! YAY!

And not only that, but they invited me to share how I love the home I have by featuring a few projects we’ve done around our house! I’m so honored to have the opportunity at Better Homes & Gardens. They’ve been so wonderful.

Go check out my post (it will be live sometime today!) on Style Spotters for BHG and if you get a chance to peek at the magazine or buy it on the newstand, let me know! I haven’t seen it yet myself so I can’t wait to hold it in my hands. If you have the digital version of the magazine, I think you can even hear an interview with me about my kitchen, so, lucky you heheheheh. {rolls eyes}

Thanks again for all of your support (and patience with me in being slow with my posts sometimes, I’m trying but I am sometimes fumbling to stay on track!)! You all are the best. Really.

Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}
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