I worked for a company once that created a product that did not fit into a defined market segment of the time. They were not Product A market segment exactly, nor were they Product B’s market segment either. They had solved the “problem” different and came up with Product C which the industry did not track ~nor like because it did not fit into THEIR box. One of the corporate goals was to create a market segment for their product. It took five years but they did. Now, there are many players in that new and competitive market.
I feel that way when I try to explain what the Art of Home really is to people. It’s not just about home interiors, designs and decorating. Not that segment. And it’s not entirely focused on our self-care, inner being and wellness either. Not that segment. So to me it’s that same dilemma of creating a new term, a new something. Thus the art of home. It’s about both the inner and outer world of that place we call home. Read more
I have a new puppy in my home. Izzy is a 6-month-old English bulldog with soft white puppy fur that seems to fly off her round chubby body onto every surface and material possible. As I looked down at the moss green Oriental rug and notice a sea of fine white puppy hair peppered all around, I make a mental note to myself: ‘Must find vacuum and remove all traces of shedding.’ As I thought more about a house with a pet, the wave of wabi-sabi came over me. Yes, this is a perfect example of imperfection, of wabi-sabi at home.
What is wabi-sabi? It is a term from the Japanese culture that refers to the natural state and condition of things. The natural state is something that in the Western culture we constantly struggle and wrestle with. We like our things to be perfect. It’s not just our things; we apply the same thinking to our bodies, relationships and more. No wrinkles, deficiencies, challenging moments or such. And in many homes, there is that high pressure to keep everything just perfect. Heavens forbid, a scratch or blemish exists in a piece of furniture. Read more
There is some period of time, usually at the end of the work or school day, in which we transition from the outside-doing-achieving-world, to the inside-more-personal-space. It’s reclamation time. What’s that?
1. The act or process of reclaiming.
2. A restoration, as to productivity, or usefulness
Mine is purple, made of jute and recycled rubber and a gift from a yogi friend. When my mat is cold, my hands and feet slide in Downward Dog. This mat needs to warm up, mimicking me at the start of a yoga practice. I love my yoga mat because it reminds me of the simplest expression of home. The four corners define my space. It is the essence of what I need to sit, lay or stand for some period of time.
I have a yoga instructor who says, “What you need to worry about is only you and your mat, everything else around you is none of your business.” There are times I have been to that class where you are packed in like sardines. Yes, I worry about how we are all going to “Flip the Dog” and not clobber your neighbor from legs flying through the air. And the guy next to me seems to be breathing particularly loud today. How will I focus? Read more
To flourish through your day, how wonderful does that sound?
Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, recently released his new book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. He explains that embracing the five pillars for well-being, which he calls PERMA, individuals flourish in their lives.
- Opt for Positive Emotions over Negative Ones. Choose people, places and things that create positive feelings and experiences. If you wrestling with dissatisfaction at work, perhaps it’s time to dust off the resume and network. Schedule an end of the day hike with your favorite gal-pal. Read more
Are you a constant energy-out person? If you are juggling any or all of these: long work days, social commitments, charitable tasks, raising children, education/professional development, home and garden chores, personal finance management, and let’s not forget gym time, then you are likely energy imbalanced. You fall into bed exhausted and the alarm always rings too early. When do you get to truly fill up with energy-in?
We are a multi-tasking generation and culture that is constantly in motion and connected to technological devices. We drain our human battery daily. Just as we desperately seek our cell phone charger to re-juice our mobile device, we need to find our individual and unique sources to Rapidly Recharge our Human Energy.