I don't make resolutions. Maybe fear of failure. However, I try to make goals and keeping up with the blog was one of them. It's the 22nd of January and I am finally getting around to it!
I was thinking last week of the "house" as a character in our lives. Maybe something I read about Downton Abbey, I guess. Some houses are named which gives them a certain personification. We look to them to be our sanctuary-hopefully a bosomy grandmotherly hug awaits us there at the end of the day. But while we "resolve" each new year to lose weight or exercise, we rarely take stock of the place we spend the majority of our time. As much as I scrutinize my arms, they will never be Michelle Obama's, but if I turn that scruitiny to my surroundings, I can create a place of peace and comfort.
I would like to suggest we use the same self evaluation on our houses. I've seen too many people move in and stop. I am astounded at the number of people who apoligze for their house the minute I walk in. You would never stop coloring your hair-why would you stop keeping up your house. As Nate Berkus recently said-the best decorating is clean up! Throw out the old magazines. Clear out the clutter and go to Goodwill. Then you can step back and look at paint or deteriorating lampshades. Look up from the TV and notice the stage on which you have set yourself. Is it you?