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?
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.
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!
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!
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:
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
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!