My parents have devoted their lives to helping people–I grew up basically in their residential treatment center for abused and neglected girls. Having been raised in an environment where doing good work in the world is paramount it is easy for me to think of my work as a designer/stylist/blogger to be somewhat frivolous and insignificant. This week, a few simple moments I had reminded me of how my work isn’t actually frivolous at all and how design and style can and do make a difference. My first reminder was after I put this new rug in Ida’s room. I plopped her down on it, and immediately plopped down on it myself.
I opened up some blocks that we have had since before she was born and we started to play. We sat and played there for about 45 minutes. This was very new for us because we very rarely hang out in her room, and hardly ever on the floor–because our jungalow has all hardwood flooring. Making this simple change in her room made me a better mom–getting down onto her level and letting her explore her space, and spending some really good one-on-one playtime with her.
The other reminders this week were from my interior styling class. Seeing the improvement in the beauty of peoples homes really does make a difference in people’s everyday lives. So many students left comments sharing how organizing and styling their homes put them into better moods–made them happy when they walk into their space and helped them to see their homes as places of potential, and help them to feel energized as opposed to stifled.
Living in beauty, sharing beauty and creating beauty in the word *is* doing good work in the world…It’s a good reminder for me. And it is with that sentiment that I wish you all a happy Friday!