Monday, February 25, 2013

365 Inspirations—56: Home

“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.”— L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I'm home and it's 10:28pm. I just finished teaching my night class and I'm going to get this post in just shy of a new day! I'm late. 

What am I inspired by today besides the full moon and lots of stars in the city sky? I'm inspired by home.

It's the place that's always here for me when I get done from work. It's the place where my husband also comes home to after his long day teaching yoga classes.

It's my retreat, refuge, sanctuary and habitat. It's where I cook, eat, sleep, ponder, dream, write books, do art, have conversations with my husband about life, occasionally entertain friends, take a bath and garden in the spring.

Our house was recently remodeled by one of my husband's yoga students. We live in a 1940s Seattle bungalow. Our house has old world charm and lots of the original characteristics from that time period, but we've modernized it a bit.

It needed an update and hadn't had a real one in its entire life span. Now it is much cozier.

Someday I'll show before and after pictures! 

On days that I feel like running away to the Southwest, I try to remember how lucky I am to live in a great city with lots of culture and nature! The city is full of towering Evergreen trees and lot of wonderful hiking trails and views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, but it also has amazing restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, you name it! I love this about Seattle.

But really, home is what you make of it no matter where you live. I think my husband and I have made it as cozy and peaceful as we can.

So today my inspiration is home. I'm so happy I get to come back here. Now off I go to sink into the bathtub.

Do you like where you live? Are you happy with your home?


  1. I LOVE where I live. I live in a little town called Berea, KY. It's very unusualy in that it's a very liberal and progressive town in the middle of Appalachia. It's been described as a "mini Berkley". This is in large part because Berea College is here - one of the premiere arts colleges in the US. I love everything about this little eccentric town :)

    1. It's good to be in a place you LOVE. Your town sounds interesting!!!! I love Seattle too, but sometimes in the winter the rain gets to me. Then, spring, summer and fall roll around again and I'm happy! May have to become a snowbird who goes south for the winter and then come back home later!

  2. I love where I live, too. I live in Altavista, Virginia, a small town in central Virginia, not far from the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have lots of trees and wildlife around us and a river (the Staunton River) running by the town. Our home is in a residential area, but we have a big yard, and get regular visits from deer and squirrels. Our home is cozy with my husband and me and our two dear cats.

    1. Your home sounds like a beautiful place Tina!

  3. I love Charlottesville, VA where I live although I live in an area where there is massive development going on. Unfortunately, it is the cross I bear for low rent. But on the whole, I love the community and I love Virginia.

  4. oh yes I am very happy with and in our home. We moved here a year ago after a lifetime of living in the Pacific Northwest. We now live in the mountains of Upper Northern California- on 10.5 acres with oak trees and evergreens and some Manzanita...oodles of wildlife and awesome views of Mt Shasta and The Eddy range. Life is good.

  5. Your home sounds warm and inviting. Do post the pictures when you can:-).

    I live in Dubai with my family but it's not really home because it's there in the back of our minds all the time that we'll move back to India sooner or later. But yes I'm happy that I got to live in this part of the world and experience first-hand a different culture & environment:-)).