How often do you look around you and think "Oh yay, I'm so glad I have <insert thing>".
Are you truly surrounded by possessions that make your heart sing? That makes your home a more comfortable place to spend your time?
If I was to show your best friend three pictures of bedrooms, one being yours, two others being other random rooms, would they be able to guess which was yours?
Does your home truly represent you?
In today’s society we’re constantly bombarded with information - whether it’s from Facebook or Twitter, or our TVs blaring the latest casualties in the latest conflict in the world, or family members discussing the latest Tweets from the political leader.
We’re also expected to work full-time jobs. Run immaculate homes. Raise our children on organic home-cooked food. Own the latest gadgets while also being environmentally conscious. Following the latest dietary advice (fad?), latest exercise regimes, and the latest <insert food>-free diet.
Are you happy with your life as it is? Truly? Or, dare I say it, are you chasing the latest must-have gadget and accepting of having to stand in line for 48 hours to be one of the first holding said gadget. How your friends are going to envy you.
But then what?
When the mist clears, and the feeling wears off? What will you do then?
Presumably, go off to find your next gadget to acquire?
Take a breath.
Who are you?
What do you stand for?
What do you need? Want? Desire?
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
While there is absolutely no doubt that you need to have goals and aspirations (God knows I do!!) do you ever just sit and relax without getting intoxicated?
I’m worried that our generation, and the future generations to come, will lose the ability to relax. To recuperate. To create. To dream.
Simply put, I feel we are all in danger of climbing onto a giant hamster wheel and running as fast as we can, leading nowhere.
What has this got to do with design?
I have seen so many people with problems relating to stress.
The only thing you can change in your life is you.
And, in order for YOU to change, you need support.
Support to carry you through the dark days (you know the ones).
Support to carry you through the tired days (of which there will be many - you will be the salmon swimming upstream)
Support to carry you when you’re sick. When you’re anxious. When you’re weary. When you’re doubting yourself.
Where will that support come from?
Look around you.
Yes, that's right.
On top of your loved ones, and treatments as needed, it's Your home.
You see, dear reader, if there’s anything I’ve learned in my (many) years of crippling anxiety and depression and various other challenges, if your home doesn’t represent you, it’s not going to help to support you.
That is exactly why I’m designing a new programme. A design revolution.
We will go through your home, together, step-by-step, making sure you will only be surrounded by things that support you, work hard for you (so you don’t have to) and help you. Nurture and nourish you.
The programme is still in its infancy, as I’ve only just allowed myself to wake up and accept its calling. But while I have tried time and again to ignore the voice, and gone along the mainstream journey of design, this is the only thing that’s coming really naturally to me. The one that my gut is telling me is the right choice. The only choice.
So, lovely reader, care to join me on the journey? I’m going to be looking out for Beta testers for the programme in the summer holidays. If you’re interested in taking part, sign up below…