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The Art of Living: Being Home

“If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.” Alexandra Stoddard

Having spent several years serving several companies in a human resources role, I acquired a lot of experience working with people in need of guidance and support in their jobs/careers. Although work was the impetus of engagement with people, the sharing of stories of home, relationships and family was undoubtedly the discussions that created mutual trust.  Having an intuitive sense was extremely helpful in determining what was the best advice to offer, given the circumstances at “the office”.

Home was often discussed in a variety of ways with people.  It seemed to be the bedrock of their feelings, beliefs, and sense of safety.  Having now spent over 20-years in real estate, home has been defined with much greater clarity.  

Our home is where we spend a great deal of our lives.  Being indoors now represents over 90% of our time, according to research conducted by the international Well Building Institute, which administers the WELL Building Standard® globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.

There are many aspects to healthy living which include:

  • The Home Environment
  • Overall Good Health
  • Healthy Relationships
  • A Rewarding Social Life
  • Joy in the Home
  • Spirituality
  • Creativity
  • Stable Financial Base
  • A Rewarding Career
  • Knowledge & Insight from Credible Sources

What Does “Home” Mean to You?

I think our home is a sanctuary.  The best definition I’ve read to describe a sanctuary home was quoted by Alexandra Stoddard, “If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.” Alexandra Stoddard is a philosopher of contemporary living and the bestselling author of 28 books, including Living a Beautiful LifeChoosing HappinessThings I Want My Daughters to KnowYou Are Your Choices; and Happiness For Two. She writes and lectures on personal happiness and has spent the past 45 years inspiring millions of people around the world to break the “rules” and live more personally fulfilling, beautiful lives. To learn more, visit her website at www.alexandrastoddard.com.

How To Create a Healthy Home?

Over the course of the next several months I’d like to share information, tools, and resources, offer suggestions, introduce you to service providers, retailers, and product knowledge in each of the categories mentioned above.

In my next series of blogs, I will focus on the topic of Creating a Healthy Home Environment, which includes the following categories:

  • Selecting building materials
  • Air quality
  • Kitchen design and equipment
  • Indoor gardening
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Sleep
  • Saunas
  • Salt rooms
  • Outdoor living space
  • Indoor and outdoor spas

If you have any information you would like to share, please contact me at 289-338-0767 or by email at Roxanne@Chestnutpark.com.

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