They say that home is where the heart is.
While the heart is a huge part of it, I’d add that home is also where the body and soul are nourished.
When I think about what creates a sense of home for me, I not only think about the people who surround me, but the physical space I’m in, the objects in that space, and the way all of these things combined make me feel. Home is a habitat; a place that creates a sense of belonging through warmth, respect, and a sense that I can positively influence the environment that I’m living in.
For me, a home would never exist without the presence of those I love and cherish most. With these people I’m able to learn, teach, explore, and share in life’s joys and sorrows. These individuals—my family and friends—are my rocks.
My home is one that fuels the body—one in which there is room to adventure, walk, grow, and harvest. In essence, giving to the environment comes full circle, from the garden to the dinner table.
Home is not complete without food for the soul (and I’m not talking about chicken soup here). I need to feel a sense of comfort, inspiration, and purpose in my home life in order to be at peace. It needs to be familiar, yet discoverable, challenging, yet accepting, free, yet loving, and restorative, yet invigorating. Overall, it needs to have balance.
Truly, habitats are complex and delicate systems—home being no different. However, when the heart, body, and soul are all nourished, that welcome mat is unavoidable.
This post is part of Think Kit, our community blogging project. Today’s prompt: “Habitat. What creates a sense of home for you? Explore space, artifacts or people who shape your habitat."