Feeling whole is a biological and cultural necessity for the child (and the adult). It is a vital state of well-being’. ~ Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach
But what about us? Do we feel inspired? Do we feel encouraged to learn and explore and try new things?
I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Am I inspired? Does my environment encourage creativity, make me feel at peace, am I living an inspired life?
Somewhere along the way I feel like I have lost something. I still cook, but I no longer spend the time to perfect that banana bread recipe like I used to; I still sew but no longer feel inspired to learn new skills; I still read but now it is mostly educational or art books for the kids; I still garden but now it is mostly pulling weeds rather than nurturing a space. Do you know what I mean? Everything is still there it just feels..well..uninspired.
I want to feel inspired again. And so I have decided to make a few changes, starting with my environment; my home. I have a prepared environment for Jack (3.5yrs) and Sarah (18mths) but what about my husband and me?
In their bedrooms (Jack’s and Sarah’s), they have everything they need, easily accessible….in mine? Not so much! We are always looking for things, our drawers aren’t tidy, our wardrobe isn’t as organised as it could be.
In the kitchen, the kids have their own shelves…but the other shelves? Are they organised and neatly presented to inspire me to be in the kitchen because I want to be? Not so much! And let’s not even get started on the laundry…
So that is where I am going to begin; my home, more specifically, my laundry. My most disliked room in my house, I won’t even let the kids in there. It makes me stressed to be in there. I don’t like feeling stressed. Yep, this is my first task towards living an inspired life again.
I don’t think I will set too many restrictions on myself, no harsh rules, but there are definitely a lot of areas in my life which I could make small changes in order to feel whole again; inspired. I already feel better about myself just thinking about it.
So will you come along with me? Towards living an inspired life?