Finding home




Is it a place? A feeling? Or some combination of the two?


Here’s what I believe: home is not necessarily one specific place. It’s wherever you’re most comfortable and where, or how, you find your greatest contentment and joy.



For me, “home” is our shady front porch, or the daybed in our library room, or sitting with the cats wherever they happen to be napping. Or it’s our favorite garden; or the forest path that leads to the creek; or a cool, shady, breezy spot where I could happily curl up with a book.


In these places, we can simply be — quiet and appreciative — while the beauty, peace, and contentment we find there works its magic to keep us centered, balanced, and grounded, no matter how busy the rest of our day or our week may be.


If being outside in nature serves as one of your variations of “home,” you probably know that the mere act of going for a walk outside — say, in the woods — offers your mind a soothing break. But did you know that even looking at images of these peaceful scenes offers your mind the same sort of rest?


Want even more relaxation? Reading is one of the best ways to reduce the effects of stress. So settle in to a cozy spot, and spend half an hour or so getting lost in the pages of your current favorite book.



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Hello & Welcome

I’m Jennifer: reader of fiction, cat whisperer, nerdy introvert. Possessor of a vivid imagination, a massive streak of curiosity, and a love of puzzles. Firm believer in — and ready to help you discover — the health-and-happiness benefits of reading and quiet time, whether indoors or out; “everyday” mindfulness; gardening; and walks in nature. Artist, writer, and founder of the Read. Purr. Collective.