5 Simple Practices to Be Inspired at Home

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The quality of our environment influences our well-being, our productivity and everyday happiness. It’s so important that the space that occupies the largest part of our day be inspirational and supporting our creative energy. For homeschooling parents that’s a must! We work from home, raise and education our children from home and receive our basic needs of survival such as food, shelter etc. It stands to reason that if this place we call home is to support and nurture us in so many areas; it needs to be a happy place from which to conduct so much of our life.

A little goes a long way when our happiness is involved. With all the responsibilities of work, projects, academics, managing the household and homeschool; remaining productive and inspired will add to your happiness and that of your family.

When fulfilling so many basic needs for your family along with working, I’m sure you don’t have any problem staying in once place very long. However, you still need to move around, get up out of your chair and generate some happiness in your home. Remember what they say, “if mom’s happy everyone’s happy”.

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara De Angelis

The following 5 simple practices to be inspired at home will be worth the little investment of time, paying you back in immeasurable amounts of inspiration and peaceful living.

  1. Create an intention for the next day. Either at the close of your business day or the end of your day, write your task list for the next day. Ask yourself “What three things can I do to move forward?” Write them down. Note any calls you need to make or appointments to keep. Then let go and enjoy your evening knowing that you have your plan in place for the next day. When you write it down, you can relax and be more present in the moment. You and your family will benefit immeasurably.
  2. Make your bed. Doing this one little task daily will directly impact better productivity and boosts happiness. This will cost you only about three minutes, and pay dividends later in the day. When you return that night, your bed is neat and inviting. The simple act of making the bed immediately brings order to the bedroom and creates calmness. I feel more together when my bed is made for the day and looks more inviting. Remember, children model what they see, so I can more readily expect my children to do the same with their beds. An unmade bed is an invitation to go through your day in a sleepy mood and leave you reluctant to get the day moving.
  3. Decorate like the Smithsonian rather than Better Homes & Gardens. You’re raising a family so your home needs to be livable for children yet beautiful and organized for the whole family. Get rid of clutter and anything you no longer need. Display framed family photos (professional and snap shots), art work you and your children have created, sentimental items from trips taken or experiences shared. Your home can be a gallery of positive memories your whole family shares. Bring in nature and color with the things children collect such as rocks, leaves, or shells by placing them in nice baskets or dishes. Grow plants and bring home fresh flowers. Make your family feel comfortable and loved by the warm and inviting home you grace them with.
  4. Serve others. This may be redundant for moms because we are serving 24/7 and sometimes it can feel like we’re just answering requests. Find a moment where you can do something your inspired to do for someone else unexpectedly. Pack a snack, dessert or special lunch for your husband to take to work, surprise him by making all the arrangements to do something new and fun together, something you’ve never done before. Deliver flowers to someone in your community that’s had a great influence to your children. Make a handmade gift for another mother, someone in need or an elderly person. If Dad is reading this, be the one to make the bed or wash a sink full of dishes. Remember, this is to serve someone else without receiving in return. Doing this will fill you up beyond measure, more so than filling requests when you are tired. Surprise someone! A true gift is as valuable for the giver as the receiver.
  5. Practice gratitude. At the dinner table we like to start conversations by each person sharing what was their best part of the day. Reflecting on happy memories brings everyone to feeling good about each other and the life they are sharing. Consider also creating a gratitude journal as a family. Children thoroughly love re-reading these, “remembering when.”

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, work from home or have a job; you work hard and it’s important to stay in touch with inspiration and the little things that are most meaningful. Get into the flow of inspiration with these 5 simple practices. As you work at creating your everyday to be more inspiring and meaningful, you will be more productive, happier and fulfilled. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that it’s selfish to want to feel good. When you feel good about yourself, you are more able to be happily in the service of others, i.e., your kids, your spouse, your employer, friends and extended family.  With each task you’re not only benefiting yourself but your whole family and all those around you.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

Mom Inspired to Action:

  • Take an afternoon or weekend to set yourself up for these practices. Do you need to do anything prior to these 5 simple practices? Get started right away!
  • Encourage your children to take on some of these practices. It’s god for the whole family.
  • Don’t try to overdo it. Simplify in every area you can. If necessary choose one task per week. The purpose is to be inspired not overwhelmed. Focus on what really fills you up.

 

Two books you might be interested in reading to inspire your happiness and mothering:

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Momma Zen by Karen Miller

 

What’s your favorite way to get inspired? What fills you to the brim with inspiration and passion? Please join our inspired families share by leaving a comment below.

 

About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://donnavailinternational.com

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