Sometimes I look at real estate ads and for a moment I wonder what it would be like to live in those houses. The ones that are perfect, that don't look like they need work. The ones that if you could afford to live in them, you could probably also afford things like cleaners and painters and gardeners.
Then I look around my own place and I quickly forget those daydreams.
Our home might not be perfect, but everything here has been done by us. We've worked and painted and gardened. We spent one weekend hammering all those nails into the decking and it's taken us years to get rid of the 80s brown around the place. But everything here is ours, everything here has been done lovingly and with great pride. This home, it just feels right.
My online home is similar. I started here on this little blog and I loved it. This year I tried moving to another site, a bigger better one with less quirks and more perfect bits. I never did feel at home there, though.
My big goal for 2012 is to keep things simple, and to apply that ideal to everything I do. I'm already back to the parent I used to be, trusting in my instincts. My writing will go back to basics - no more trying to spread myself too thin. It's the year to go back to looking after myself and my family, with everything else following on from that.
Coming back to this blog is my first step in simplifying things, and I do hope you'll forgive me for chopping and changing and trying so many new things this year.
Home is where the heart is. It's a cliche because it's true.