We are on part two of our Space Care series. If you haven’t listened to part one I would definitely recommend talking there because that is going to give you the first two phases that really help all of this make sense and we also talk about mental health.
Today we are going to talk about phases 3 and 4 of space care. In a season of busyness, we need to take time to take care of ourselves, and taking care of ourselves also looks like taking care of our environment and making sure it is set up to support us.
in this episode[02:13] Making your dream home [06:47] Phase 3: Nurturing [08:18] 2 questions to focus on in the nurturing phase [14:55] Phase 4: Enhancing [18:42] Questions to ask yourself in the enhancing phase
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[02:13] Making your dream home
I genuinely believe that you do not need a lot of money and you do not need to hire professionals. You just need creativity and intentionality so that you have really clear goals for what you’re making and then you’re expressing yourself through your spaces. That is all it takes to make your dream home
[06:47] Phase 3: Nurturing
So the next phase is nurturing. This phase is all about cultivating and encouraging growth. So this can be taking time to set goals, making the decision to tackle a new project, intentionally creating a floor plan that functions well, doing home repairs, or just reflecting on what you love about your home. This phase is all about starting new things and this stage helps you come back to the center after a releasing or cleansing stage and it creates a foundation for growth.
[08:18] 2 questions to focus on in the nurturing phase
There are a few questions in the journal that help you dive into this. What are some goals you have for your home? If this is challenging for you because you’ve never set goals for your home then take time to unpack why that is. So first I would dive into that conversation with yourself around whatever goals you have for your house and if you don’t have any, what are some tangible things that you want to achieve in your space as we enter the new year?
The second question out of like five or six in this book that I think is very interesting to dive into is what is something extremely challenging or difficult that’s happened to you and how did your home support you as you went through this? If we nurture our home then our homes nurture us. When we’re talking about this cycle of space care, in terms of nurturing, we’re not just saying, we need to take care of our house and nurture our spaces. We’re also saying we need to set up our spaces to nurture us and so that is really beautiful to reflect on. How has our home done that for us?
[14:55] Phase 4: Enhancing
The final stage is enhancing. This phase is all about doing more of what is working and taking the next step to make things even better. This can be a gratitude practice, or tackling a really fun and transformational home project like painting a wall or renovating a room. This phase is really about taking action to bring about the changes that you’re crystal clear on so this stage is a major growth phase.
[18:42] Questions to ask yourself in the enhancing phase
Here are some questions you can ask yourself from the journal that line up with this era. Take some time to reflect on what about your home you feel most grateful for. What do you love about your house? What lights you up when you walk in the door or when you’re gone after a long time of vacation? If you are planning ahead, looking at 2023, you can ask yourself what home projects are on your dream list of things to tackle, either someday or maybe just focusing on this year. What do you want to get done in your spaces in 2023, and set some goals around that?