How often have we heard the statement from someone who has been traveling, ‘It was good to come home.’
I have certainly felt the welcome of my own home even after a day’s work at the salon. And as the holidays get closer, yes! the holidays begin in a month, the thought of coming home ushers in yet another interpretation of coming home.
A few years ago, I was introduced to Joanna and Chip Gains, The Fixer Upper Show. While traveling to San Diego to visit my new grandson Finn, I would stay at a hotel and while relaxing in the evenings in my room, I would binge on their home renovation and design program.
I was entertained and enjoyed watching their personal, as well as their working relationship as they demolished and rebuilt homes and brought joy to anticipating families. A sort of love story with a happy coming home ending…. every time.
Then I discovered Joanna and Chip’s Magnolia Journal Magazine, inspiration for life and home. It has become my favorite reading spa-day material at my home. From the front cover to the last page, I am relaxed and appreciate the insightful articles and presentations of what makes a home inviting, including home accessories and recipes for delicious food. All wrapped in a beautiful array of color, design and pleasing words of comfort…every page.
On the last leaf of the magazine is stated their Magnolia Manifesto. When I read it, I am transformed into the warm and welcoming woman I would like to be All of the time. Especially in the salon where many of you have come to feel at home.
Something inside of me warms up and opens when I read their manifesto. I feel at home. Here it is for your pleasure.
-We believe in home, that it should restore us from today and ready us for tomorrow. We believe in friendship, because friends who feel like family are the best kind of friends, and that nothing matters more than family.
-We believe in seeking the balance between hustle and rest and learning to find contentment in both.
-We believe everyone deserves a seat at the table and everyone has a story worth telling. We believe in human kindness, knowing we are made better when we all work together. We believe in courage, in cartwheeling past our comfort zones and trying something a little bit scary every day.
-We believe that failure needn’t be a negative thing; rather we learn from our mistakes and fail smarter next time.
-We believe in doing good work that matters and, in choosing that, nudging others toward doing the same. We believe that newer isn’t always better, and that it’s time for the pendulum of trend to swing back to basics.
-We believe in unearthing beauty, however hidden or subtle it might be. We believe that each day is a gift and that everyday miracles are scattered about if only we have eyes to see.
-And of all heroic pursuits large or small, we believe there may be none greater than a life well lorved.