Welcome to Better Living’s series for homemakers! I’m thrilled you stopped by and can’t wait to encourage you in this simple and rewarding life journey. Let’s dive into this together!
While the homemaker’s lifestyle appears to be idyllic from the outside, those of us who live it every day know differently! Like every other occupation, it comes with it’s own unique set of challenges.
While these challenges vary from home to home, stay-at-home women often share a common bond: the cry for a deeper sense of purpose.
Have you been there?
How This Series Came to Be
This series was literally birthed from my own struggle with purposelessness. As a young wife without children and an inability to work even part time, I was struggling.
Coming back to the ‘real world’ after a long battle with Lyme disease, I acutely felt the changes that had taken place. Those things that had once given me purpose were now history. They simply couldn’t be part of my life anymore.
And there I was, a wife and homemaker, living for…what?
I began asking the question: “how does a homemaker live well, with purpose and meaning?” Surely there had to be more to life than keeping a home and caring for a family!
A Home of Hospitality
My questioning led to praying: did God have something for me as a limited, stay-at-home individual?
As I searched for answers, I began to realize that my home was a wonderful catalyst for giving!
By welcoming others into my home, I initiate friendship. An invitation to visit says “I notice you.” A home cooked meal says “you are welcome here.” Questions asked during the visit lets others know I am interested in their lives.
Suddenly, I realized my home could become a place of purpose as it lent itself to a deeper purpose: investing into the lives of those around me.
Excitement ensued! Finally, here was something I could give myself to!
And then, the snowball of thought kept rolling.
Question I Asked Myself
As I considered this idea, I found my focus changing from home to self.
Hospitality requires giving in action, thought and conversation. Was I actually taking care of myself so that I could give? What were my current lifestyle habits? Were they supporting me so that I could give to others?
As I examined my life, I began to experience feelings of regret. In my emptiness, I had allowed damaging habits to slip in. Instead of doing what was best I had (like so many homemakers) floated along with whatever was easiest.
The Need for Change
Slowly, it began unfolding before me. If I was going to pursue hospitality as part of a new-found purpose, I needed to start taking care of myself….and my home.
It was time to pull my big girl apron on. Now was the time to embrace change.
Instead of choosing whatever was easiest, I began to implement the best. As I embraced change, the emptiness and lack of purpose I felt began to lift.
An Invitation to Walk Through My Journey
Today, my perspective and lifestyle has changed in little ways that make a big difference.
If you’ll join me, I’ll walk you through my journey to a better life. Together, we’ll delve into life and household habits that will enable us to practice hospitality. These changes are simple and will require mini-minutes of time in your day.
I encourage you to take this series slowly and if possible, with a friend! Do these two things and you’ll get so much more from it!