One of my favorite authors and pretty much one of my favorite humans is Elizabeth Gilbert. In her book Big Magic. she writes “create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.” There are endless quotes from this book that jump off the page and speak to me, but this one, in particular, sparked a little light inside me. That spark inspired me to finally start writing a book I named House + Home = Love.
Home causes quite the revolution in my heart. I have been "home obsessed" for as long as I can remember. Spending hours decorating, organizing, and curled up on my couch with a book and a cup of tea. From entertaining friends and family to the feeling I have pulling into the driveway after being away on a long trip. All of those things translate to my love for home. I decided to take that love and create a guide meant for others to find inspiration within the walls that surround them because I believe the way we feel is very much connected to the spaces we live in.
There is another, more personal, reason I decided to create this home guide. When I was in the third grade I had written a book called The Three Little Puppies. It was illustrated by a RISD grad and I had the opportunity to read it on public access television (it was the 80s, people watched more public access tv back then). It was also on display in the Cranston Public Library for about a week. I remember telling my mom I was going to be an author someday. Then life happens, you're approaching 40 and suddenly you're reminded of that third grader who had some dreams in her back pocket. I think at times we have to listen to the child version of ourselves to put our dreams into perspective. So I took what I love, and started writing.
If there was a lesson in all of this, besides listening to that inner child and what makes your heart sing- it's that it is okay to start before you're ready. I knew nothing about self-publishing and probably could have done much more research. But I went all in and figured it out along the way. Liz Gilbert also says “It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”
Sometimes the process of creating whether it be a new life we're craving or a home we want to fall in love with, is simply just meant for ourselves to explore, and we can only hope that the rest will take care of it itself.
Photo by Brittanny Taylor