Do you ever wonder where you'll be in a few years and the physical structure that houses the life you've made for yourself?
At the beginning of 2011, I did an exercise spurred from Lululemon's goal setting worksheets that prompt you to visualize your life in the next 5-10 years in great detail. Naturally, the stream of conscious narrative I wrote was literally housed inside how I envisioned my home. To me, the home encapsulates your life. It houses its contents, shelters you from the outside world, and welcomes friends and family inside to create awesome memories. It was only fitting that my 5 year vision incorporated my home.
I wrote how my home would be decorated, but not too precious....lived in and comfortable....surrounded by the artefacts of the life that I built together with my husband....to remind ourselves and our kids of the story of how we all got there. There's nothing more romantic to me than going into a family's home to see all of the little things tucked away that have been building for years. It creates a sense of history, especially for kids. I remember pouring through old photo albums of my parents' courtship as a child and it helped me understand the story behind our family.
My bookshelves would be lined with pictures, trinkets, and keepsakes from traveling abroad. Portraits of family and friends taken throughout the years....something that the average visitor could piece together our story upon observing its contents. The bookshelves would call to people to pick things up, read them, interpret them, and learn a little more about what we hold dear.
Bed rooms would be cozy and inviting. A safe haven at the end of the day and a wonderful place to wake up in the morning. Not too done up-a comfortable retreat from the word.
The kitchen would be the home's center. I imagine children doing homework at the table, friends lingering late night after dinner parties telling raucous stories of crazy and younger times, and a place to laze over the paper on the weekend.
This is what I picture. There's no husband, children, or downpayment on the line at this point, but I am a firm believer of daring to dream and knowing exactly what you want. My homes/apartments have been what encompass certain eras and development in my life and I look back fondly on each one (especially the most recent #11-13). What's great about Pinterest is that it gives you the visual and helps flesh out that vision. I highly recommend trying it (have you see my Beachhouse board!?!?!)
What about you? How sacred are the images you pin/blog/download? What do they mean to you? When you set goals or envision your life, does your home come into play as well?