Reviewer Penny Watkins: Penny is a Registered Nurse and specializes in Clinical Informatics. She is also a wife, mom, grandma, activist, coffee lover, cat owner and book addict. Faith and family are her priorities and reading is her second favorite activity. (Sleeping is #1--in my spare time.) She agrees with Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
This is a book about home design, but not the way we usually think of it. Yes, we want to create a beautiful space, but Comfort Living goes beyond that. It shows how to create a safe and nurturing space, a place where we and our families can simply be, a sanctuary in the midst of very busy lives
We live today at breakneck speed, and that leaves us disorganized, disgruntled and stressed out. Our homes become places to arrive at and depart from, rather than places to be. We like the idea of “comfort living” but it seems unattainable. We do not have the time or energy to actually live comfortably. In Comfort Living, Christine Eisner shows us how to do it.
This is a small book that helps us take small, doable steps to transform our lives and homes. It is part instruction and part work book, with sections at the end of each chapter for reflecting and collecting ideas for implementing what we are learning. It is a guide to making home in a way that is meaningful for you and your family.
Home makers create home environments. This means attending to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the home. As Eisner points out, home environments shape us, so creating the right home environment is important. Comfort Living shows you how to use emotional, spiritual and physical elements intentionally to create the home environment you desire.
I especially appreciated the metaphors Eisner uses to demonstrate home making. She shows us how to create the emotional equivalent of a campfire. To build bridges from place to place, and person to person. To utilize our treasures and overcome our obstacles.
This is a book about home design, but not the way we usually think of it. Yes, we want to create a beautiful space, but Comfort Living goes beyond that. It shows how to create a safe and nurturing space, a place where we and our families can simply be, a sanctuary in the midst of very busy lives.
It takes about 15 minutes per day to go through the activities in Comfort Living. Fifteen minutes is doable. The companion Comfort Living Journal fits in a pocket or purse and gives a place to jot notes, ideas and thoughts throughout the day. You create your home environment incrementally, in 15 minute bites and with small changes. Over the course of 8 weeks, those increments add up to transformation.
Comfort Living makes home making accessible. Bulleted lists, short paragraphs and simple, serene language make it easy and calming to read. Wonderful photographs show what you can achieve. And the activities teach you how to do it. If you are looking for a way to make your home a pleasant, comfortable place to be, this is one book you need to read.