Last summer I decided that my home lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. I am not taking about interior design but a certain feeling that one gets when entering a home full of life and love. Over the past several years I have had a growing interest in cooking, gardening, flower arranging, and photography but have needed some guidance on how to get started bringing all these interests into my home with an already packed schedule. In short, I wanted to create the perfect home without much effort and with the style and flair of a single person. So, I started my Google search for homemaking. An unlikely term for me to use since I used to avoid the term like the plague when I was young. You know, being a modern woman and all. (Yes, you can laugh at me all you want now.) What else do you call it when you want to work on the details of your home? It probably won’t come as a shock to you that search after search lead me to the sites of young mothers creating havens for their families.After all, this is the demographic that logically should be the most interested in homemaking. Many of the bloggers were young Christian moms singing the praises of their vocation and their choice to stay at home. Their blogs were beautiful, and their lifestyle admirable, but not really what I needed for my situation.
After many decades as a single person I have finally come to realize we are all homemakers; male, female, married or single. We all arrange our living spaces in a way that reflect are interests,values,and passions. Homemaking was a term that I used to run from at all costs when I was young. I though homemaking meant giving up freedom and independence and being tied to the home instead of experiencing life. I also thought, as the blogs I came across suggested, that the art of making a home was reserved for moms with husbands and families. Now I know that home is whatever you want it to be. For me, home is a place of love ,creativity, and relaxation. Creating that place is called homemaking. I can still be a musician, educator, blogger or anything else I want to be and create a beautiful home. I will always be independent and march to the beat of a different drummer but I can have a nice garden and bake a good cake in the process if I choose to do so.
Eventually, my search lead me to a lifestyle site that I love called the Simply Luxurious Life. http://www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com/. Shannon Ables happens to be single but she blogs about creating a rich a luxurious life for everyone. For me this site has been a gold mine of inspiration. I thought I would share it with you just in case you need some inspiration for home decor, fashion, or becoming all you are meant to be. Shannon covers all the bases. 🙂
There are many adventures to be had as well as joy and love to be experienced in the heart of our homes. So whether you are married or single, may you have success in making your home everything wish it to be.
If you have homemaking tips, especially for single people, please share. I would love to hear your thoughts on homemaking and what it means to you. Also, if you have any topics you would like me to blog about let me know!
Until next time,