The Soulful Part of the House

For the six years since I launched this blog called The Soulful House I’ve focused on the “House” part. The house is my art, my expression of creativity, the ideas I offer to anyone who’s looking for cheap or Do It Yourself options to make their house a comfortable and beautiful backdrop to daily living. I’ve shown loads of pictures, but I’m not a photographer so they aren’t amazing — and that’s the point of this post.

The Soulful part of a house is the enduring part, the part that forms and molds the people who grow there, the part that outlasts the time spent inside its walls. It’s the beautiful, the painful, the heartfelt, the crushing, the every moment spent in a place that either inspires or deadens our experience. And to this part of House I am ready to bring voice.

Somebody asked me why I do this blog. Well, I’m a writer. Blogging is writing in a modern format. Since age 7 I’ve kept journals and written poems. I write because I process my experiences in words and phrases that form in my head as constant storylines. I can’t turn it off. I wouldn’t want to. I love words. Writing is a way for me to connect to me. It’s my language. Words and pictures and story. One day I’ll write a book.

As a side effect, this blog is offered to the Seekers. Like me. Who know generally they want something but haven’t quite found their inspiration point yet. I have sought and found hundreds of enriching thoughts and ideas from bloggers, those fellow journeyers who share their intimate experiences up-close for the other souls walking this place. Their ideas moved me forward, helped me overcome some serious pain and stuck points. Also their ideas have helped me with my not-at-all-problems design problems. I want to be that for somebody else.

Real and Raw.

My Grandma died this week after 98 years of loving plants and flowers and planet beauty. I’m processing it not inside my house but outside in the gardens and porches and planted spaces. My husband brought home some ferns that he knows carry extra special meaning this week. I snapped some photos…which I’m not spending all day photo-editing and perfecting.

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