Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal.
It’s no secret and I don’t try to hide it. And no, I’m not ashamed to admit it. I can’t help but love the Gaines’, just like the rest of America. Their energy is endearing and their designs are gorgeous. They certainly inspire me, well beyond their design aesthetic.
For mother’s day I asked my husband for one simple gift: The Magnolia Story. Of course, he did not disappoint.
I have read more books in the first 6 months of this year than I have in the last 5 years put together. Reading has always been something I enjoy and it’s a hobby that I let slip away once I started my career and having babies. I’m not really sure what changed this year, but boy am I glad it did.
Out of all of the books I’ve read this year, The Magnolia Story makes the top 2 (more on the other book in another post tbd).
What I loved most about this book is that you can feel the chemistry you see on TV on every single page you read. This book, like my husband, did not disappoint. In this post, I talked about how your home is so much more than just how it looks; it goes beyond that.
While reading this book, I came across a few incredible paragraphs and statements from Joanna that I just want to take a minute to thank her for. Home is so much more than it’s aesthetic. It’s about it’s energy and how you choose to live in it.
Here are 5 quotes from Joanna Gaines on “perfection” in your home.
- “I looked around and saw a lot of “perfection”, and I thought, But where do my kids sit? Why don’t the kids have a play space of their own anywhere in this house? Suddenly it hit me like a ton of bricks. In my nonstop efforts to make the house look good and to raise our baby of a business, I had failed to create a space where my children could thrive and be kids. I had neglected to create a home that my most important babies could love too.”
2. “It’s not just about pretty anymore. It’s about practical. It’s about children feeling that they can be at home.”
3. “I have learned that if you’re looking for perfection in your house, you can get it. But as soon as you have it, you’re going to sit on your couch and find you’re still unhappy. You’ll find yourself continuing to say, ‘What’s next? What now? What do I need to do?’ I worked hard to try to do it all, to try to live up to the Pinterest perfection that only leaves you discontented. I finally realized that life isn’t found on the pages of a magazine–life is found in the glass of spilled milk and in the long, narrow hallway filled with socks and soccer balls.”
4. “Letting it all go is freeing. (And it’s cheaper too!) I am learning that getting our intentions right simplifies our decisions in life and changes our perspective. And in the end, what it’s all about is thankfulness and contentment.”
5. “Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love, and go do that until it hurts.”
Joanna Gaines, thank you for sharing your beautiful soul and values with us all. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for reminding me to slow down and focus on what’s truly important. And, of course, thank you for your stunning designs.
Take a minute and absorb what you just read. What really resonates with you? Leave it in the comments below.