I think I was born knowing the value of rest. My mom says that toddler me used to grab my blankie and put myself down for a nap. As I grew older, I was often accused of being lazy. My family still sighs when they see me sitting at the end of a meal while everyone else hustles to clear the… Read More
Making a Home is making a life
Homemaking sounds like an old-fashioned notion, doesn't it?
Maybe it's because of the way it was used to label a woman's profession, which then became seen as a term for a lack of profession. "No, she doesn't work, she's a homemaker." Of course, no one discredits the fact that homemaking is indeed work, but I think we all--both men and women--take for granted the importance of the task.
Homemaking, Making a Home, is indeed, the very essence of creating a life of comfort, productivity, and joy.
Everyone requires a home. The basic tasks of home--cleaning, organizing, decorating, finances, shopping, cooking, laundry--are handled is the core of the functionality and feel of a dwelling.
To put it bluntly:
Nothing works right when home doesn't work well.
If you want success in your career, your home-based business, your life, your family, you must make proactive, intentional choices about the way you manage these tasks.
My ultimate goal at Gathering Joy is to help homemakers achieve graceful goodness in the basic tasks so they can chase their dreams of growing a business or earning money from home and claim their joy of fellowship and fun with their family.
Let's get that laundry sorted, shall we?
Last week, I introduced you to the wonderful concept of hygge, that warm, cozy, togetherness feeling of savoring moments with our favorite people. Decor and surroundings are key pieces to the cozy life, but there’s nothing quite like food to really warm the atmosphere! What better cozy, comforting food than a good bowl of soup?! Winter has finally reached these… Read More
Do you ever feel like life is passing by too quickly? Do you move from one thing to the next and wish we could just slow down a bit? How fast are your kids growing up? Crazy fast, right!? Do you long for simplicity? Do you want to enjoy the little things? Do you crave quiet coziness with the ones… Read More
The mountains of trash that accompany the Christmas festivities have been hauled to the curb. The new toys have found homes on the shelves. The suitcases have been unpacked. It’s time to return to real life. Laundry, dishes, school, and oh yeah, the budget. The new year brings a desire to detox. We want to dump all those old habits… Read More
Do you make New Years’ Resolutions? I’ve been hearing a lot of people who choose one word for the year rather than a resolution. Still, whether it’s a word, a resolution, or a bucket list, one thing is the same… We all want to do better, to be better. We hope for a better future and want to find the… Read More
I love gingerbread! I used to think it was boring, dry, and no fun at all. Why did anyone want to eat a hard, bitter, spicy cookie? And what in the world does it have to do with Christmas? Then, I got wiser. I learned that gingerbread doesn’t have to be dry or crunchy. That spicy, molasses-y flavor can come… Read More