Emilie Barnes gives us motivation to create beautiful surroundings, which inspires our minds to have beautiful thoughts. The effects of these thoughts can’t help but flow out onto those we love, causing a domino effect of loveliness. πŸ™‚

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A little extra attention to your surroundings can make a big difference in how you feel. What colors lift your spirits? What kind of music makes you feel energetic or peaceful? Do any particular fragrances give you a sense of contentment or remind you of fun times?

Are any visual symbols especially meaningful to you? Maybe a flower, the face of a child, and a special book from a friend?

Do any scriptures or quotations stick in your mind? Are you getting the idea?

By surrounding yourself with color, music, fragrances, and things that appeal to you, you are lifting your spirit. When hope is all around, it’s hard to ignore.

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Any room where you work is a room that needs a dose of joy and motivation.

Why do so many workrooms look gray and drab? Why not get a bright-red computer? You need function, of course, but add a little beauty too.

Paint your workroom a bright or soothing color. Hide the clutter in festively decorated boxes or baskets or behind colorful drapes. Deck the walls.

Have a collage of work-related cartoons or inspiring quotes.

Give everything a facelift. You’ll be surprised at what a difference a beautiful work space can make in your creativity and production.

Caution: Don’t redecorate someone else’s work space without checking with him or her first.

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Have you thought of your family photos as a collection?

One of my tables held photos of many generations of women in our family. I displayed them in a variety of frames, and the mother-daughter-granddaughter theme pulled the collection together. No one could resist stopping and taking a peek.

Group as black-and-white photos or formal or informal in groups.

Another idea is to keep the same frames but change the photos for the seasons.

If you have a ton of photos, rotate them so you can enjoy your entire collection. And for a designer touch, add a surprise to your grouping-something that doesn’t “match,” such as that silly picture of your Aunt Lily. The idea is to share yourself with others in a way that is interesting.

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Are you reluctant to share your home with others? Maybe it’s not your dream house or you don’t have the money right now to decorate the way you’d like to. But you know what? It’s not about having a perfect home. It’s about your spirit of hospitality, your willingness to share your home and your life with others.

Don’t wait until everything is perfect because that will never happen. Focus on making your home cozy and comfortable. Your place will always be at its most beautiful when you use it to warm hearts.

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Making time for your husband doesn’t have to be difficult or a hassle. With a little imagination and the desire to make him happy, you can make him feel loved.

Are you thinking, Oh great, now Emilie’s telling me what I’m doing wrong with my husband.

Not at all! I just want to give you a few ideas to help you let your husband know he’s appreciated.

-When he’s within earshot, praise him to a friend or neighbor.

-Thank him for supporting you.

-Tell him how much you love him at least once every day.

-Get tickets for a favorite sporting event.

-Prepare his favorite dinner to celebrate a milestone at work-or just for fun.

We all need respect and devotion. As a wise woman of God, demonstrate these qualities to the man you love.

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