In 2013, I was sitting on the deck on a beautiful, Saturday morning in October. It was my quiet time with God and I heard the words “peaceful home”. Believing in divine inspiration I decided (in spite of my skepticism) to see if anyone owned the domain “peacefulhome.com”. Of course, someone did, so I just let it go. The next day, after church, I was outside and heard “peace full home” and thought, “okay, God, I’m sure “peacefullhome.com” also belongs to someone, but I’ll check anyway”.
I went to my office and typed in the words and (well, I’m sure you’re able to guess the outcome) no one owned the name! That confirmation—or should we call it a very significant nudge—led me to where I am right now.
Today is the fifth anniversary of the very first Peace Full Home story I wrote on October 30, 2013. Following is that post.
If you’re like me, and most people I know, you probably feel like you run through your day. When you get finished with your day’s work, whatever that is for you, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk through the door into your home (or stop doing the “work” part of your day if you work at home) and exhale?
For a long time, I’ve recognized that home should be the place where you feel serene, calm, relaxed, and at peace. It doesn’t matter if your home is a 750 square foot apartment or a 3000 square foot colonial on a hill. Really…it doesn’t. The trick is creating the place you want to be in.
Obviously, for each of us, that’s going to look different, and that’s wonderful! Just like we all think differently, view things differently and process differently, our ideal HOME will be different.
Start by giving yourself the luxury of taking 15 minutes and sitting down with a piece of paper and pen (or your smartphone, iPad, Mac, heck…the kids’ construction paper if that’s all you can get your hands on) and write down whatever comes to mind when you think about your ideal home, inside the place you’re already living.
It’s easy for most of us to make an extensive wish list of what we’d love to have if we were able to move. What I’m talking about is…what would make your existing home more serene, a place you want to be? It may be something like, “less stuff to clean”, “more flowers”, or “a place to read”. The sky’s the limit on your list. Some of the items may be next to impossible but, if you don’t know what you need it’s unlikely you’ll make it happen. This first step is just a “jumping off point” to the discussions we’re going to have.
Do you remember when Dorothy clicked her heels in “The Wizard of Oz” and said, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home?” How cool would it be if that’s what you thought every day?
These past five years have flown by. What started more as personal writing, has become a passion and the focus of a very important part of my life. Peace Full Home®/Intentional Living isn’t simply the name of a blog—it’s the way I feel we should live. It’s what I believe I’m supposed to do with the time I have left.
There are many weeks when I don’t know if even one person has read my post, but each time I’ve thought that maybe I didn’t really hear God tell me to start this adventure (times when I’ve thought I should simply “pack it in”), I get one little bit of feedback that tells me that someone read something that offered a new (or different) way of seeing the world, or related to a few words that helped them (if even in a small way) get through a tough day. Those to me are, as my dear friend Linda would say, “God winks”.
Every day is a new “First Step”. Thank you for sharing your comments, ideas, and wonderments. After all, we’re all on this journey together. Thank you for joining me,
ps. Peace Full Home Team (L, L, L, K & E) Thank you!
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