Hello dear friend,
I’m so excited to be launching this website today, even if I know there are a million more things I could have in place or completed before revealing it to the world.
If I’ve learned anything over the last decade, though, it’s that we are all a work in progress.
There will be plenty of time to add to it, update, and iterate 🙂
For now, though, I just want to take a minute to thank you for your interest in The Compassionate Home and tell you how excited I am to get to know you!
What to expect from The Compassionate Home website:
Take some time to look around and familiarize yourself with the site (And please, let me know if you find anything amiss! I’ve done my best to be ready for today, but I could have overlooked some details here or there.)
Most of the articles I offer are categorized by three main topics: Design Psychology, Holistic Healing, and Conscious Parenting.
Within those topics are several sub-topics I’ll be building upon. Some of them include: Holistic Nutrition, Green Design, Sustainable Living, Personal Development, Writing to Heal, and more…
You can read more about The Compassionate Home and what we will be offering on the About page.
Why I’ve chosen to focus on these topics:
I’ve carefully chosen these topics as the foundation of The Compassionate Home because the concepts and practices contained within each have helped me to heal from trauma, grow a happy family, and find my life’s purpose.
Now it’s time to share the knowledge I’ve learned to help YOU create the kind of home that will truly support you and your family on this often complicated journey called life.
Why I’ve chosen today to launch this endeavor:
April 16th is my mother’s birthday. She was born on this day in 1956 and died by suicide in October of 2004 when I was 24 years old. For years I couldn’t celebrate this date because I felt lost, uncertain of what to do or of how I felt about her life.
Until I realized I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for the hardships I had to endure, or the fact that my mother existed in the first place.
Without the darkness, there is no light. Without the pain, there is no relief. Without sadness, we would not know happiness.
My mother’s constant struggle with mental illness and her desperate need to end her pain by taking her life taught me how to become more deeply aware of the world around me and encouraged a level of empathy I don’t think I would have developed any other way.
More importantly, though, she taught me how to be more present with my children–to mother differently, more openly, with unconditional love. She taught me that what I needed most to thrive was a Compassionate Home.
Everything I am and everything I do has been shaped by the experience of her.
The Compassionate Home is my way of honoring her birth, the brief time she spent on this earth, and for the incredible act of giving me life.
I wish to never see another mother struggle as she did.
It is my hope that The Compassionate Home will provide the support each woman needs to discover who she is and what makes her life worth living.
On a more positive note:
I am happy, and I simply want to help you find happiness, too.
It’s taken a long time to figure out who I am, what my primary needs are, and what had to be in place before I knew what I was supposed to do with my life–but it’s been an amazing journey, one worth sharing.
I love stories about the human experience and can’t wait to hear yours. By sharing our struggles and building a community here at The Compassionate Home, I’m confident we can create a better world filled to the brim with meaning and purpose!
The one message I want you to leave here with today:
Never doubt the world needs you!
Your life matters. Your children need you, your parents need you, your siblings need you, your friends need you! Who you are and the life you live has the potential to transform everyone around you.
Never underestimate the power of positive action and a life of authenticity.
With love and light,