I recently took a trip out west to help my best friend and her family move. I saw this as an opportunity not only to reconnect with the people I love and cherish but also to break from the norm and get out of my own space for a bit. We’re all a bit stir-crazy this year and no one expected to spend this much time at home!

This is where it got interesting for me. I love being home. Those that know me are familiar with my love to stay home rather than be out and about, but this year has tested us all.

I knew it was time to break free and gain a fresh perspective.

There is nothing I love more than being surrounded by nature. The Colorado mountains and the Arizona desert landscape both hugged my heart and soul and gave me the boost I needed to return refreshed and revived. Reconnecting with mother earth keeps us grounded, focused and balanced. When your alone in the wilderness you are closer to home than you realize. Home is not really a dwelling after all, Home is in the heart.

So, what does all of this have to do with Mindful living in the home? Everything. When I arrived home, I had fresh eyes to see my space. I was thrilled to come home and felt a new appreciation for everything around me but I also saw many things that I didn’t notice before I left. For instance, why did I need ALL of my cookbooks out in plain view when I truly only use one of them? That’s right, even I have to reassess and change things up every once in a while. So, away the others went to a new home close by leaving new open space for the chi energy to flow freely. This of course was the trigger to make other changes I thought were needed. By the end of my four-hour organizing session I felt like I just moved into a new home! I now feel more relaxed and inspired. My mind is now more clear and has allowed for new creative ideas to come through.

I realize we don’t all have the opportunity to head out on long vacations during such a difficult time but the next time you do, take notice of how you feel when you return home. Are you refreshed and inspired? Do you look around and think “I wish I were still on vacation?” If you are wishing you were still on vacation and don’t feel happy to back home, it’s time to make some changes. Keep it simple and start small. One small change leads to many more.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Muir