Feeling at Home – Defining Who You Are & How You Want to Live

What does “home” mean to you? I was thinking about the meaning of home this afternoon as I was running errands and listening to Michael Buble’s Home on the radio. For the song, home is a person, someone he loves. But to me, it is more than that. Home is a place where I can […]



What does “home” mean to you?

I was thinking about the meaning of home this afternoon as I was running errands and listening to Michael Buble’s Home on the radio. For the song, home is a person, someone he loves. But to me, it is more than that.

Home is a place where I can be embraced by comfort, warmth, safety and security. A place that nurtures family, but also supports my individuality.

The Power of Feeling at Home

What I love about this book is her beautiful writing about how powerful it is to feel at home and how important it is to create that in your own home. I am presenting a lot of her thoughts here so that you can get a feel for her way of thinking.

Creating home may be accomplished as you decorate but it is about far, far more than window treatments and furniture placement.

Defining Who You Are

In the first chapter, Stoddard begins by telling a story about her daughter’s sense of home in Paris, where she now lives. The story leads to an exercise she suggests for the readers…

What are the ten best words you could use to define yourself? Take a few minutes to compose your own list and then, I will share mine….

Okay, here’s my confession. I did this twice. I loved the ten words, but loved the ten phrases even better…

My Ten Words: healing, spiritual, nature, writing, singing, family, reader, orange, brown, tea.

My Ten Phrases:

meant to heal

contemplative spirituality

connection to nature

write at home

singing my heart out

close family

voracious reader

orange with brown

dresses and long skirts

tea and meditation

What’s your list of descriptive words or phrases?

But even more important is how it feels to see yourself in words that way. For me, it feels deeply affirming. Like a celebration of who I am. Does it feel that way to you?

That is how it should feel to be at home!

Keep a Home Journal

The author suggests that as you read the book, you keep a notebook and fill it with what you learn and discover about yourself and what feels important to create in your home. The book contains other great exercises for defining yourself and questions along the way to help you explore what is meaningful to you.

“Think of this book as a place to discover your own personal truth. By getting in tune and in touch with your truths, you can create a home that echoes your true spirit.” -Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live

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