I’ve always liked the idea of a blog as a way to share bits of your life with friends and family, as a way to record the moments and memories of life, and as a sort of public journal. I’ve been hesitant to start one in the past because I’ve thought, “Who on earth wants to read about my little ideas and boring life?” I didn’t want to flatter myself into thinking other people would actually care and be interested. But you know what. Its not about what other people think, or even who reads this. I’m doing this for myself. I’m doing this because I want to, because I like to write, and because I want to have something of my own.

The idea for the name of my blog came from a blog post I read about two years ago. (Do you read A Cup of Jo? You should.) Joanna talks about how difficult it is to send her little one off to school, where he would face so many hard things and feel all the hard feels- being lonely, left out, embarrassed, sad. She expresses her desire to protect him, but at the same time knows that ultimately this is a good, if hard, thing. One of her friends gave her some wise advice: to make her home a haven. “You just make sure that when those {kids} walk in that door every day,” she said, “they never doubt that home is the most comforting place for them to be. That is what you can do.” 

The idea of home as a haven really resonated with me, and for the past two years I can’t get it out of my mind and keep returning to it. Its such a poignant way of stating exactly what I want to do. I want to create an environment that feels safe and comforting to my kids. A home where they know they’re loved and cherished, where they feel safe to be themselves even when they’re feeling angry or sad or unsure, a place where they can ask questions and talk about the hard things, where they can learn and grow into their best selves but still make mistakes a long the way,  a place of refuge when their world seems scary and hard. But I also want our home to be filled with fun memories- playing games and tickle/wrestling on the floor.  Especially as they grow older and the pressures of the world increase and they have to make tough decisions and the influence of their peers outweighs my own, I want them to want to be here. I want our home to be their haven, their soft landing spot. Always.

So I invite you to join me in this journey. I invite you to share with me as I strive to make our home a haven.

2 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Woot! Asha, I’m so happy you decided to share your writings, thoughts and ideas, and creativity with others. As a friend, I continue to feel privileged to be part of your and your family’s life. Thank you for always welcoming me and including me in some very memorable moments.

    I am so glad you’ve started your blog to allow others glimpses of the awesomeness that is you!

    I wrote it first, and I’ll write it again: Woot!


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