Home is where the heart is … right?

20_This_is_40_House_Front_Exterior_a_h(in case you don’t recognize it – this is the home from Knocked Up and This is 40 that I would love to live in minus the drama)

We recently moved into a two-bedroom apartment as we look for the next place to call home (which is really hard by the way. I despise the two-story box Texas style home and I just want a house in a neighborhood with trees – seriously! And walking distance to a park and shops would be nice too. Oh yeah I live in Texas). Anyway! It was a rushed move and one I hadn’t necessarily planned for. The housing market here in Texas is about as hot as the temps so if you don’t move fast you’ll miss out on the house that could be your next home.

As we packed up our things, only to unpack them three floors up, I began to wonder is all of this stuff was well, just stuff …. could I be happy just living in a car? The mantra “Home is where the heart is” began to chime in my head and as I watched the movers clang and bang my things against the stairs and walls I realized they are just things with as much value as I put in them.

But…and there is definitely a but in this, I also love interior decorating and finding pieces that make me smile, then creating a room that I enjoy looking and living in. So there lies the conundrum. Home is where my heart is, it’s with my most valuable possessions – husband, daughter and dog. But home is also where my soul gets excited to create a place that makes my heart smile. Yes, it a space full of possessions, but it’s more than the things. It’s a sense of ownership and identity. A display of your personality that you live in, and more importantly enjoy.

As a kid, I would constantly re-arrange my room and re-decorate the house (which my mom hated because she could never find anything). It did something well within my soul. I do want to learn to live with less and buy quality rather than quantity. I’ve realizes it’s time to let go of some things I think I’ll use “one day” and live in the moment with what I cherish most.

Everyone has their thing and as I tour homes it’s apparent that interior decorating is not for most and hey that is okay (I just won’t be buying your house). Ha! No, really, home is what you make it no matter where you live. You just need to find a place to call home with what you love and most importantly who you love.

As I sit in the third floor apartment waiting for my prize possession to wake up from her nap, I daydream about creating a haven for my heart.