The beginning of an adventure….
When I moved to Malda, a small town in India with my little bundle of joy it was winter and very cold .With a 11 month old baby , new job, new home in a new town challenges were many. I felt lonely, out of sorts and totally bored for lack of adult conversation and company.My husband did his best to keep us occupied and happy.But between the mad rushing around and sleepless nights, there was a germ of an idea.
Peace and happiness, I realised came from within. As I tried to make this new house our home(and take care of everything else), I often had days of intense self pity. Days when mundane work seemed piled up everywhere, without any inspiring to-dos.I still have those days but now I cope better with them.Pinterest is a haven for tired mommy minds . Women have many roles to play.The way we are made we tend to have guilt trips about whichever role we ignore. As wives, mothers, daughters you have to make daily choices about whether you give time to something you want to do for yourself or something which needs to be done for the home, childcare, husbandcare. As I complete one year birthday of my blog (it’s on 13th October), I will be sharing with you the stories of my virtual friends who inspired and helped. I thought it was the best way to say thank you . Also by telling you about these truly fantastic women I hope a little of their magic will rub off on you and me:)
Cleaning, shopping, cooking, taking care of the health, wealth, wisdom ,entertainment needs of your family is a job which expands…filling up all hours. But how fulfilling is this? A lot …but as human beings as women who are striving to make a better life for your family it’s important you do something just for you. You expect people will notice your efforts and hard work , but more often than not the little , big and in between things in life , like cleaning fairies of childhood are taken for granted. My job as a doctor in a district medical college in India involves night duties once or twice a week, taking care of indoor and outdoor patients , surgeries and taking classes of undergraduate medical students. All this are a part of my husband’s duties too ,together with trainings he has to give to doctors and nurses regarding newborn care. Workload at home we share equally (not very rigidly) and outside work at banks etc are mostly done by hubby while I man the home front. My nursery aged baby is great at keeping me busy and loves doing all sorts of painting stuff.We have spent many a happy hours painting the flower pots in my balcony garden.
I first decided to start a garden on my balcony when Melissa Michaels at The Inspired room announced her book
Love the Home You Have . Tell me honestly have you heard of such an inspiring and motivating name for a home decorating book Ever? Calling it a decorating book is saying too little.For followers of Melissa it’s a spiritual guide to a more fulfilling home forever, wherever.. . My mom always told us to keep our own homes neat and tidy but often it felt like such a chore. Melissa’s blog and book took the guilt out of doing it in small chunks. She has told people like you and me it’s okay to have a beautiful mess in a growing family. Magazine perfect is not family perfect.Loving the home you have frees you, from always longing for that larger, more modern, vintage and the neighbours home. Making money from keeping your home organised , and beautiful, while taking care of family … was truly inspiring.
Finding contentment in my home freed up time for other stuff! An organised home practically opened up a gateway of creative ideas in my brain. So as I tell you the story of how I started on this interesting journey I want to tell you Melissa Michaels story . A mother of 3, avid home decorator and an unlikely mompreneur .She is not a DIY sensation but still manages to personalise and make beautiful ,everything she touches. Melissa’s first book Love the Home You Have….a New York Times bestseller! As home decorating magazines show glossy picture perfect homes, her cute book is full of sweet hand drawn graphics and inspiring quotes.Its guilt free, motivational, easy to read and totally do-able.Its not something you read and forget. It’s a book that makes you do something about your home …that makes you love it more. Wherever you live, a house, apartment or rented accommodation you will learn to make it a home.Its such a gift to give your family! In India most people would not be able to afford to own a house.Flats in apartment complexes are more likely.But the wonderful thing about this book is, it helps wherever you live. I’m living in a 2 bedroom rented apartment with 3 Balconies! That makes this rented flat a little green oasis. It’s all because of Melissa that I found contentment here in spite of the fact that our job involves transfers and living in remote places!
Green friendly home
Change is the only constant in life and embracing and liking it will make life so much more exciting.This is the 6th home I am living in 8 years of marriage and the longest stay of 2 years and 8month is here. Everywhere we went I longed to put down roots and just settle down..but God has his plans.I longed for the familiar comforts of home . Realising too soon that if I wanted them , I had to make it happen Inspired by Melissa to make this rented flat a home, I had a “eureka moment! I too wanted to do something like Melissa but I was not sure what and how. Learning from her to keep my home working and pleasant ,was my first step to making this journey to being a mompreneur. Want to know more ? Wait for my next post. Visit the inspired room and make an inspired home.
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