Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend. But will they ever outshine your true, authentic smile? A glorious smile shows not only in mouth and teeth. It radiates out from your eyes, your posture, your body language, your inner light. The whole authentic you. Did you know that a true, authentic smile needs the cooperation of 43 muscles in your body?
How this relates to your home? Well, your home is your devoted “positivity buddy.” Just as your entrance door is the “face” that you show to the world, your home’s interior look and feel is the body language of your home.
Does your home smile with you? Do you wish to upgrade your smile from “nice” to “invincible,” with just a little makeover? Try these 7 inspirations and many tips on a budget.
What you are passionate about energizes you. Passion fills your cup. It radiates from the depth of your soul out into the world. Just like a big smile does.
On my bedroom wall, there’s a photograph of young Queen Elizabeth II on her throne. She has always fascinated me as a beautiful human being, navigating through difficult times (which I can relate to) with grace and dignity. Does this make me a royalist? No – and who cares anyway? It’s in the privacy of my bedroom.
What does The Queen do for me? When I look at her, my posture straightens. She reminds me of my highest values. My talents, my communication skills, my passion for all things personal growth, my being of service to the world, my excellent table manners. And of always being well dressed, although hardly ever with a hat. The queen inside of me comes alive. See? Now you can smile with me.
Show your talents. Home is where you are The Queen. Show your passion for books, travel, dancing, music, pottery, jewelry making, the opera, charity, movies, fashion, beauty, food, Pilates, plants, art, horses, starfish – your choice.
Sometimes, we adopt a belief, value or concept only as a coping strategy. In past times, this may have been useful or even lifesaving. Today, the same beliefs or concepts create roadblocks for us – to such extent that we may not even know what our own highest values are.
The good news? We can find out! By trial and error, or – much faster – by an online test. In my experience, Dr. John Demartini offers the most thorough (and free-of-charge) value determination process.
If finding out your highest values means replacing uncle Louie’s painting (which you never liked) with a photograph of Marilyn Monroe, or selling aunt Elsa’s precious antique vase (which you only keep in case she visits) and buying yourself a modern sculpture with the cash from the sale: FINE! You can show your appreciation of Louie and Elsa in other ways. If necessary at all.
I was surprised that letting go of a potted plant, inherited from a family member, meant freeing myself from “shadows” that came with it. For a long time, I told myself, It is a living plant, innocent, a good thing! But this concept proved wrong. My heart cheered up as the plant left my home.
This opened the space for a true passion of mine – travel and interior design books about the New England coast. They uplift me, they get my creative juices flowing, and they make me smile.
Remember John Mayall’s, “I can’t give my best unless I’ve got room to move”?
With a pinched nerve, you don’t feel like smiling. An aching arm or leg keeps you from moving freely. A full stomach makes you tired. Your bowel movements want space, so you feel healthy. Your home needs space, too. YOU need space. A smile comes from a place of feeling good!
This is not about downsizing, decluttering or minimalism. (O well, ladies, it always IS about decluttering but that’s not my point right now.) THIS is about finding your priorities, and then: giving yourself adequate space for them.
Don’t let your energy flow get blocked, not by a concept or false belief, not by another person – and most definitely not by your furniture.
Being The Queen is not for the weak. If things get tough, your smile will help you to conquer obstacles:
Remember: Your home is your devoted “positivity buddy.” Let it help you raise your mood and energy. Surround yourself only with colours, views, fabrics, art, furniture and people that make you smile. Let your smile be that priceless jewel in your crown.
What makes you smile inside your home? Is your home smiling at you? Is it the best stage set for The Queen in you? Share your passion. Let´s talk about what empowers us and makes us smile.