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feeling at home (2)

feeling at home tip #2: cook a meal

/ Tue, September 20, 2016

one fine dae: cook a meal

Even a simple one. 

When you're cooking something, you're actually investing time into creating a meal. And any form of investment to me has some form of ROI, whether it be the meal itself, or the effort put into it, or the fact that you're actually using the appliances and cookware that you own. 

I remember when I first moved into my apartment, I didn't cook my first meal until around the 3 month mark. Yes, crazy I know, but that's a story for another day. Anyway, I remember when I finally cooked something it was the first time I felt at home even though my place was barely maneuverable due to stacks of boxes that had yet to be unpacked. Albeit the meal was a simple one—fried eggs with Chinese sausage and nori over a bed of rice—it was the first time that I felt rooted. 

Now, when I say meal, I'm talking about a real one, made with ingredients that require prepping and pots, pans, or an appliance to cook with. Microwaveable dinners and cup noodles do not fall under this category, tempting as they may. However, I wouldn't write off packaged ramen if it's cooked over a pot and veggies and/or protein are added to the mix. 

one fine dae: cook a meal

My point is the kitchen is most often the heart of a home. Every house gathering I've been to have always included food to some degree. But the ones that felt most home-like always included some delicious concoction cooking on the stove or in the oven. I'm not sure why, really. Maybe it has to do with your senses being on alert when you're cooking? Either way, it's one of the key things I've discovered that instantly makes a space feel lived in.

P.S. This series is inspired by Erin's "Life In A Tiny Apartment" posts on Reading My Tea Leaves. I've followed her blog for years and am particularly fond of her posts on how to live minimally. When I moved into my own tiny apartment last year, I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to create the space that I had envisioned when I signed the lease since I had SO much stuff (read crap). But her posts about living minimally helped shape my own ideas and discoveries of what it means to make a space feel special.

feeling at home: a new series for 2016

/ Wed, January 20, 2016

One Fine Dae: feeling at home

Hello and happy 2016. I have to admit, I haven't had much inspiration, let alone time, to keep this space of mine updated on a regular basis like I did in years past. My schedule is a little more relaxed these days and I've been itching to get back into my creative groove and start sharing again, so here I am.

There's been so many changes that took place in my life in 2015, but I think the recurring topic that comes up a lot in my conversations with friends as well as quiet thoughts to myself is the idea of living with less and feeling at home. These ideas are not revelations by any means, but what I've discovered this past year, after two moves within 2 months (from a 2,000+ sq ft, 2-story house to a temporary yet dingy and damp apartment to my current 400 sq ft apartment) and feeling in limbo for even longer, is that there are little moments and things that one can do to create a sense of happiness, home and belonging. 

So let's get on with it:

One Fine Dae: feeling at home tip #1

Tip #1: Have fresh flowers, or plants, or both—always

I don't know anyone that hates flowers or plants. I have friends (and myself) who have a hard time keeping plants alive, sure, but hate? Nope. I think keeping a little bit of nature inside your living space makes the place feel a little more alive, fresh and homey. If you're like me and have a tough time remembering to water plants that are super needy (looking at you herbs!) then try something more independent such as an air plant or cactus. Air plants are easy and you can dress them in cute glass bulbs. They're so low maintenance you almost want to water them more often than need to. As for flowers? Well, they're just easy on the eyes and some on the nose. Have you ever felt uninspired or dull in your home office? Next time try adding a handful of fresh flowers, hauled from the market, store, or a neighbor's garden, and boom! Instant cheer. And if these reasons don't convince you, may I bring science into the conversation and say that plants help with air quality and circulation? Cuz NASA says so.