Being a busy mum working full time can mean spending a lot of time away from home, rushing here and there and just using home as a base to recharge to get out into the world again. Appreciating home as a sanctuary away from the rest of the world can help us to use it for more than recharging ourselves to cope with the busy world outside. Home can be the only place to truly be yourself and to really do what you want. That could be lounging around the house in pjs all day watching reruns of old movies or sitcoms, staying in a bubble bath until your skin gets all wrinkly or even deciding to give yourself permission to just sit and do nothing. It's during holiday periods like Easter, especially with shops closed all day on Good Friday, that I can truly reflect on how important home really is to me and how I should learn to embrace it more.
When kids are little it's easy for home to be a place of work for parents - a busy and noisy environment where there's always something to be done, whether it's cleaning, cooking, tidying up or fixing something. So escaping from home sometimes can be the goal to gain a sense of relief. Then as kids start to become more independent and aren't at home as much, home can take on a different form - it can become a place of peace and calm, a place of regeneration and growth. Letting go of some of the pressures of cleaning and perfection can enable the home to become a sanctuary. Playing your favorite music and burning nice smelling candles can even create an environment that is yours and yours alone. Thank goodness for holidays to remind me of how much I love being home.