Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I’ve Ever Written

Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

This week we had a few unexpected snow days! We rarely have snow here in Seattle, but when we do I love curling up on the couch with my fuzzy blanket and slippers to look at it through the window. :)

I’ve always loved being at home on snow days. Well, as a homebody I love to experience the comforts of home in all seasons, ha! I’m sure fellow homebodies know what I mean. :) 

But I find that being “stuck” at home on a snowy day (perhaps especially because of how rare the snow is here!) reminds me all over again how much our home matters to our well-being.

Have we created an environment that uplifts our spirits, even in the storms of life?

Do our rooms make us feel warm and safe, no matter what we experience outside our door?

Is our home a place we can’t wait to come home to, or are we often prone to be unhappy, discontent or stressed out there?

What are the things we do everyday to create a more positive emotional state of mind (even if or when we aren’t feeling our best)?

Do we make choices in our home that support our own physical health and well-being?

Do we offer ourselves what we need to thrive and feel our very best every day?

Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

The message I have shared for the past twelve years on The Inspired Room, and through all of my books, has always been about so much more than how to find your current design style or how to organize your stuff. 

Of course, I always love talking about design and all the things we can do to improve our surroundings. But it’s the why and results of putting our heart into our home that motivates and inspires me to persevere in creating a haven, a true sanctuary from the world.

A couple of years ago when I was putting together the concept for my new book, Dwelling, thoughts of what it takes to really feel well where we dwell filled my heart and mind. I knew beyond a doubt, that Dwelling was the next book I was called to write. It is the message that has resonated so deeply with me for thirty years. 

I truly believe when we learn how to feel well where we dwell, everything changes. Our “dwellings,” our home and body (including our mind and spirit), are connected in so many ways. What we invite across our threshold and into our home matters to every aspect of our lives.

Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

While I do share some personal stories throughout the pages of Dwelling, this book isn’t about me. It’s about discovering for ourselves the many ways we can make a difference in how we feel in our own body, life and home.

My wellness-story, my ups or downs with anxiety or thyroid issues or other life experiences may not be just like yours. I likely have not have gone through all of the same hard things you have. Yet, we have crossed paths through a common love of home. 

And that’s where this journey of dwelling well begins. At home. 

The more I’ve opened up my own home and shared my journey of well-being over the years, the more I’ve realized that we are all more alike than we are different. 

I certainly do not have all of the answers for you (let alone for myself!), but I’ve found there’s always something we can do to make ourselves (and those around us) feel a little better. 

That’s what my new book, Dwelling, is all about. It’s about feeling more hopeful. It’s about being more mindful of what we invite into our home. It’s about finding the joy in transforming our home into a more nurturing, healing and sacred place. It’s about recognizing the impact our daily decisions have on the whole of our well-being. It’s about feeling empowered to change the world around us for the better.

Thank you all for your kindness and support through the years and so many book launches! It means the world to me to know you’re out there reading and that our paths can cross in so many ways.

I can’t wait to share more about Dwelling over the upcoming weeks!

Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

Preorder Dwelling and get a free Dwell Well notebook!

Dwelling will be released on April 2, but you can preorder it right now on Amazon (without charge and lowest price-guaranteed!). It’s SO helpful to me as an author when you preorder, so I’m very grateful for your support.

The first 250 people who preorder my book can redeem a fun free gift through the form below!

Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

Click here to preorder Dwelling!

Just fill out the form below once you’ve preordered (today or if you preordered previously!) to receive your free gift. 

CLAIM YOUR FREE DWELL WELL NOTEBOOK WITH THIS FORM BELOW:


Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

JOIN MY DWELLING LAUNCH TEAM!

I would so love for my most loyal The Inspired Room blog readers to apply to join an exclusive Dwelling launch team! Each member of the launch team will receive a hard copy of the book mailed to them and will be invited to a private Facebook group with ME and the other launch team members!

In this group we’ll discuss Dwelling, share tips for a holistic approach to creating a healthy happy home and have the chance to encourage each other!

I’d LOVE to have you join us!

There are limited spots available for this exclusive team, so read through the details below. If this is a good fit for you and you’d like to apply, just fill out the form below. My publisher will select the launch team members from these entries. Launch team members will be notified by e-mail as soon as they are selected!

LAUNCH TEAM DETAILS:

Dwelling launch team will be active March 18 through April 5

Expectations:

In return for a free copy of the book and exclusive access to the Facebook group, each team member will be expected to contribute to the book campaign. Members will ideally have public social media accounts.

In addition to posting on the designated subjects discussed in the Facebook group, launch team members will be asked to:

 Post reviews on retailer sites during the week of the launch

 Post on their social media about freebies and preorder offers

 Blog (if applicable)

 Post and share provided images

 Like and share preorder and blog tour posts

 Ask their local library to stock the book

We have a limited amount of spots available for this team, so we will be in touch if you have been selected! Thank you so much!

Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I've Ever Written

Apply for the launch team by filling out this form!

Comments

  1. Kerry Fountain says:

    So excited for the new book! I absolutely love how you define dwelling as our Body and our Home!
    Blessings

  2. So excited for this book!!

  3. Just ordered it! April can’t come soon enough!!

  4. I agree! Can’t wait for the new book and so appreciate the free journal as well!!

  5. Mary Lou I Rich says:

    So enjoy your sharing of your ideas and decor and life philosophy. And that Jack is something else. Thanks for bringing beauty and serenity to the world.

  6. Sue Davies says:

    Melissa,
    I have been a loyal reader since I discovered your blog about 6 years or so ago. You are the one who first sparked my interest in essential oils and they have become part of my daily life. I have several of your books and have enjoyed each one. I am especially interested in this one because of your line that says “the joy in transforming our home into a more healing and sacred place.” I want to create more healing in our home and to make use of more natural products through out home. I too have dealt with anxiety issues so I know you will have some good ideas on how to reduce that in our homes. I am probably one of your older readers but I am still constantly refining my decorating style and continue to work to make our home a haven. I’ve practiced Hygee before I even knew what it was! It would be an honor to be part of your launch team.
    Sue Davies

  7. Chistine Keene says:

    Ordered book and cant’ wait to see it arrive! I love your website. It is so uplifting even when I am having a not-so-good day, it cheers me up always.

  8. Congrats on your next book! Super excited to read it. I can tell it’s going to speak to my heart. ❤️

  9. Francesca gunn says:

    I ordered my book before Christmas and it will be my birthday gift to myself when I finally get it in April. Your message about home and wellness( books, FB, blog) are calming and reading your words is like having a conversation with a friend.

  10. Charleen Mcgrath says:

    Just ordered! Looking forward to receiving

  11. Hi Melissa!! I have preordered your book and cannot wait for it’s release:). I wish more blogs were as down to earth as yours. I love your lifestyle. I have a beautiful home made specifically for me and my family. It’s not to impress anyone else. I also have health issues and deal with generalized anxiety disorder so having a peaceful home means so much to me. I keep my home free of clutter and only own things that I find beautiful and that have meaning. This is your third home that I have followed you and I have enjoyed it immensely. Good day:)

  12. Catherine Parsons says:

    Congratulations on the new book. Looking forward to reading it. The above writing reminds me of Alexandra Stoddard.

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