I'm going to take you on a trip to one of my favorite places in the world. We are going to my friend Brooke's house on the west coast of Michigan. Have you ever had a friend that just totally GETS you? Where hanging out with them is zero work or effort, and no matter how much time has passed since you last talked to or saw that friend, it's like no time at all? That's how it is with Brooke. Brooke is one of my longest (both time-wise and literally, as she's about 6' tall) and best friends. We met almost 20 years ago, during my freshman year of college, and we lived together for several years from that point on. Even though I would say that right now are my happiest and most content years, those were definitely my most FUN years.
Over the years, Brooke became a dedicated and wonderful mother to 2 girls, Violet and Ava. She was basically the poster mom for attachment parenting, cloth diapers and all. She chose to be home with her daughters as much as possible instead of joining the rat race that is our modern society. Brooke and her daughters always had just what they needed and nothing more, and that was perfectly fine. Now in their teen and pre-teen years, they are pretty much the nicest and most self-assured kids I know, and are just really GOOD human beings.
Brooke is also a talented massage therapist who can tell you what essential oils will help you with this or that ailment, and she can whip up the most delicious vegan pancakes with agave syrup if you're hungry. Brooke intentionally lives the kind of slow-paced, small-town lifestyle that you dream about on Pinterest, and whenever I visit her, it feels like home.
So, now that you know a little bit about Brooke, let's talk about her house. Her home is an old country house chock-full of projects for her to tackle. She has been renovating this home bit-by-bit all by herself for a few years, and every time I go there, she's in the middle of another project. When you go there, you can see that it's a work in progress, and it's never "styled" or staged, but it is always amazing. And not in a "wow, look at how shiny, new, and expensive everything is!" kind of way, but in a way that's even better. It's authentic and built with her hands.
Let's go to Brooke's house so you can see how her personality and lifestyle has translated into a very peaceful, bohemian, and happy home, in both feeling and décor. Then we'll look at some of the perks of living where she lives!
I hope you enjoyed the tour, and that I was able to convey to you just how peaceful her slow-living home and lifestlyle are and why this is one of my favorite places to go.
Until next time.....