April 2020 Theme: How to Find Home in Any Phase of Life

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While in the thick of our renovation last year, when I couldn’t find our displaced stash of toilet paper and when dinner consisted of microwaved noodles, I realized how having my “home base” helped life feel less chaotic.

As I thought about why washing my face at the same sink every night somehow made me feel more in control and more capable the next morning, I wondered what it was about being “home” that made me feel so comfortable.

This month, we’re considering the different ways home can be found and established, whether in a physical location or a fellow human. We’re reflecting on the role home plays in our relationships, and the complicated feelings that arise from leaving a home that isn’t right to build one where you can thrive.

I came up with the theme of “Home” after a team brainstorm at the very beginning of March, when news of the coronavirus still felt distant; when we still maintained a sense of security (if not one that was somewhat false) whenever leaving our homes and venturing out into our communities. It’s quite something to look back on all that’s shifted since then. And it’s quite profound to think about how much more powerful our sense of what home means has become.

This month, we’re considering the different ways home can be found and established, whether in a physical location or a fellow human. We’re reflecting on the role home plays in our relationships, and the complicated feelings that arise from leaving a home that isn’t right to build one where you can thrive.

In the weeks ahead, our contributors will be writing about all the different ways we can find home: within ourselves, within the people we love, within the places we find ourselves residing—whether they’re ones that are deeply familiar or those that are entirely new. I’ll be answering the top ten questions people have asked about my house, and I’ll be diving deep to write about what this current home means to myself and my family. (If you want to know more about the impact my past homes have had on me, you can read this essay: A Love Letter to All the Places I Lived Before).

We’re deeply invested in continuing to deliver timely, thoughtful content to you, both during these very uncertain times and going forward, once all of this has passed. If you ever have ideas for content you’d like to see from us, please don’t hesitate to share it in the comments or in my Instagram DMs. We’re always all ears.

Take care, stay home (for now), and stay connected with us whenever you need it. We’ll be here.


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BY Kate Arends - April 1, 2020

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