Tonight, I was watching "Iyanla, I'll Fix Your House" on OWN. Oprah Winfrey surprised Iyanla Vanzant with a whole house makeover. During Oprah's conversation with Iyanla, she spoke these words to her:
"This is what I know for sure, your home should be your sanctuary; your home should be the thing that rises up to meet you".When I heard Oprah say these words to Iyanla, I thought this is so true. If your home does not look welcoming or inviting, I think that affects your mood. I decorate my home for myself. It doesn't matter if no one else ever sees it. I like walking into my home after being out-of-town for the week and know that I am in an environment that will lift my spirits.
When I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I had a next door neighbor who was always depressed. When I walked into her apartment, she had zero artwork on her walls. No wonder she was depressed! I would crawl into a hole if I didn't have my artwork. I immediately took her shopping for artwork. It transformed her apartment. She also kept her blinds closed. I convinced her to open her blinds during the day to let the sunlight in. I noticed that she wasn't as depressed as she normally was after making those two changes.
I know for some people their homes are just a place to store their stuff and sleep. It doesn't matter to them how it looks. I have friends like that and I cringe every time I walk into their homes. It makes me a little sad, but if they're happy with their space, who am I to judge?
But if you want to change a room in your home or your entire home, I implore you to make that change. Make your home inviting and welcoming. Do it for yourself!
And this is why I write this blog.