This past Memorial Day weekend kicked off a pleasant week out at the beach with family where we wandered the dunes, ditched the waves and observed the seals lounging on the near and distant shores. It was the perfect way to step back from the hubbub of our busy lives and simply take time out to reflect and connect with ourselves, each other, and our beautiful surroundings. It was also an opportunity to soak in the essence of coastal living and the experience spurred on dreams of what it might be like to live out at the beach, inspiring me to look for ways to bring that essence of relaxed comfort and ease back home with me.
Not one for crowds, and anticipating the droves of holiday weekend beach-goers, I awoke early our first morning, excited to get up and welcome the day in quiet solitude while family members slumbered in contentedly. Situated on a lagoon away from the crashing waves of the beach, the house was quiet and peaceful as I listened to the songbirds chirping nearby and drank in the view of the calm body of water beyond the inviting deck. Although the weather was still quite chilly, the summer warmth not yet upon us, the wistful promise of a week of rest and relaxation ahead enveloped me as I took it all in.
Reflecting back on that moment now brings me such peace and calm. The beauty of that experience alone is something I can draw on forever more; a true gift indeed. I chuckle to myself as I consider one of the more compelling aspects of that moment: the fact that the space was clear of clutter, our mark yet to have been made by the arrival of more of our clan and all of the unpacking in the days ahead.
Drawing my attention back from that morning out at the beach house and focusing on my home office, filled with the clutter of the moment, I have to shake my head and smile. The image of a little girl building sand castles comes to mind as I imagine myself grabbing my bucket and shovel from summers past, setting about digging into what lies before me with a renewed spark of glee and inspiration.
My summer assignment for my clients, friends, and family: Go out and gather new treasures through experience, connection, and shared moments. Consider what you might take home with you in your heart and mind that might influence and shape the environment you return to from the Inside Out.
Does your home reflect and support who you are today and who you aspire to be? Our homes reflect our history for the most part. In most cases, who we were, but not necessarily who we’ve become more recently or who we are becoming. Creating an environment that truly supports us in meaningful ways can have a profound and lasting effect, not only on our own lives but, on the world at large.