It's no secret that I have a deep love for home and hospitality. The hospitality part took it's own sweet time in coming to fruition. I'll explain; when I was a new bride, a family member referred to my pristine apartment as "sterile." It broke my heart a little bit, because I realized that it was true... I would scour the place from top to bottom, nothing out of place, and everything staged perfectly all. the. time. (Who wouldn't love that, I thought?) But it was a home severely lacking in warmth and the hospitality department, plus it took a ton of stressful effort and upkeep on my part to maintain that "image." And I have no idea why I wanted it in the first place. Nobody was happy!
I'll admit that I'm a natural clean-freak comparatively, but what I do now, I do out of pure enjoyment for my own self and as an act of sweet service to my family. I can quickly tell when I'm crossing the line and need to relax a little bit... not make the bed... leave the dishes in the sink and give someone much-needed face time. In the early days of motherhood, there were always toys strewn about and spills to wipe up, and though it's always been mostly clean, it's not been "sterile" for a long time. It became "lived in." And suddenly... I realized what was really important...
I've become passionate about creating an environment where others are made to feel comfortable, while maintaining the balance that still makes me comfortable. (A clean house.) Somehow that balance of others first, yet not neglecting what makes my own heart sing achieves an environment of warmth. I've come to realize it's perfectly fine to let guests leave their shoes on, not use coasters, and throw pillows on the floor among other things. In fact, it makes me happy to see others at home, helping themselves, putting their feet up...relaxing and enjoying themselves! (I wrote about it a little, here.)
And that's why I'm so excited about this e-course.
Jeanne Oliver writes, "I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that shouldn't have to do with how much you spend. I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day. Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate. It is time to exhale and delight in your home. It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you...not what is inside your home."
Don't you love those words?
This five week e-course includes weekly videos from five amazingly creative women, over 50 project videos to watch on things like gardening, cooking, gift giving, and decorating, tips, beautiful house photos, and my favorite part- posts about how these women made their homes a reflection of their hearts!
Jeanne says, "This course is about loving your home, loving your family and blessing those around you....and having fun doing it."
Can I get an amen? You can read all about it in full, including FAQ, here.
Right now, Jeanne is offering this course at a special price of $58.00 but she is offering three of you precious LMM readers a free spot. (Class begins on October 22nd.)
In order to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment letting us know how you strive to make your home a reflection of your heart.. or how you'd like to make it that. I'll announce winners by Friday and I'll be offering another giveaway that day as well!