Updated: May 16
Hello, hello, everyone. Happy Monday. I am just having one of those days that has just really great for no particular reason. Just really energized today and I hope you are too on this Monday. I am Becky Bonnell, owner of Lykke Haven Design which is a purpose-driven interior design company in Grand Rapids and today, we are going to cover why mission is so important in creating your own Lykke Haven or your own refuge full of joy continuously. Last week, I went over, who Lykke Haven was about, how to even say the name and what does it mean and we started discussing why you are worthy of having a space that matters. I urge you to go take a look at those videos again. They are on all my social feeds as well as my website which is www.lykkehavendesign.com. Check those out. I would love to hear your comments and feedback, and share with a friend. I just always greatly appreciate that as we are starting to build this community together! Last week, we talked about why intention was important and how we can bring intention into our space specifically with action steps. I had said at Lykke Haven, we have three words we live by, that is intention, mission, and then connection and today, we're going to dive into that second word which is mission. Why is mission so important that it happens to be one of the three values we hold very dear to our hearts at Lykke Haven? This is my favorite thing to talk about. I love to talk about how we bring mission into our designs. I believe that we are all created for a bigger purpose that goes beyond our self and cares for others in this community, cares for our environment, cares for our animals. That there is something bigger than ourselves that we were meant to do and that we were ultimately gifted to do from God. That is my belief in this world and I love to start these conversations with my clients. To understand they feel that there's a mission out there, that they have purpose in. I love to just start conversing with them helping to bring them to a nonprofit that they've never heard of or even just being inquisitive over what is their family passionate about, what can what mission can we come around together and create this bigger purpose for their lives. That is one of my favorite things to do! And after today's video, come back tomorrow when we start to explore how we actually bring it into the home. Tomorrow I'll go into more detail of what that means, but essentially we bring some design elements into the home so that the families are constantly reminded of this bigger purpose, this bigger mission in their lives. Imagine a room that is filled with this mission, what kind of feelings do you imagine coming into the space? What kind of intentions come out of a space that's filled with a mission? Even just a piece of a mission? In my mind, thoughts like joy come into mind. Purpose. A sense of community as we are all in a community together, in this world, and that just really gets me excited. I would love to hear other comments from you. What other feelings are brought in a space when there's a mission, a bigger purpose tied to it? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please message me or even comment on this video to share with others. I would love that! The thing is, once we bring in a mission into a space the other amazing thing that happens is when you invite others in, let's say it's a living room, that's the easiest example to give, when you have guest over or other family members or new family come into your space, and they they see this piece of art that's inspired from a mission, they start to ask you "what is that piece of art mean? It's so interesting!" Now you get to share the story of that mission, and how cool is it that you may be connecting them to their bigger purpose without even knowing it. So, not only are you spreading the the message of the mission, you may also have God working through you to connect someone to their bigger purpose, and it just gets really exciting when you start to think that you can use your home in this new way. This is why mission is so important at Lykke Haven. Why we help families come around to discover something they're passionate about, something that they can have purpose in, find that, and so your space goes from a simple roof over your head to this place filled with purpose, filled with deep meaning, filled with community. You connect yourself to the community around you to the community of the nonprofit whether it's through donating or your time, you create this sense of community in your home. It just takes a mission from something that maybe was neglected because it was out of sight, out of mind to something that you see and are reminded every day of your bigger purpose. So, even if you come into your space after maybe you've had one of those rough days, you're reminded that there's a bigger purpose and there's a bigger meaning for your life and that you're helping the world become better through this mission. And whatever it is, you can take that bad day and just have that little sense of hope in you! I get excited about it! I could talk about this all day. I won't because I would like to have you all get on with your day, but just have this little piece of inspiration to take with you. How many times do we forget about our mission? If it's not in front of us. I know we, for example, we donate to Compassion. We have a Compassion child and they write us messages and our thoughts were like, how awesome will it be to get our kids involved and we can write messages back in forth, but those messages get lost in the office and we forget about it. I am completely vulnerable with you guys, we forget to write any messages to our Compassion child. It's just not front of mind, but if we were to put something in our living room where we live most of our day, we would be constantly reminded of that and connected to that bigger meaning, and we would be writing those letters during our homeschool days. We have chosen other missions to do that in our home, but how easily a nonprofit or mission can get lost if we just hide it away in our office. So, I urge you to bring it to the forefront, bring it to the center of your living room through a really cool design element in your space. Tomorrow, we'll be going over how to actually bring those in and I would love to hear your nonprofits. I would love to hear your missions. It doesn't always have to be tied to a nonprofit. What missions are you excited about? Maybe it's environment. Maybe it social injustice. Maybe it's something to do with kids. Whatever it is, bring those tomorrow and give me a space, any space in your house, and I will very vulnerably (and kind of intimidating) and excited at the same time, I will help you figure out a design element for for that space just on the fly. I will get those creative juices going and help you understand how, specifically, you could take that mission. and bring a design element into the space that you give me. I'll have a couple examples as well but message me. Let's hear what you have and let's help you bring that into your home. Now, our action step today because like I said, I like to bring forth action, not just talk at you. Our action step for today is just to find a few minutes, 15 minutes even, to sit down and just start thinking. What am I passionate about? What mission? What is my family passionate about? Ask your kids. Ask your significant other. What can we come around together as a family? What mission can that be to bring into our home? Just start thinking even high level. What are you passionate about? You don't have to necessarily dive into a specific nonprofit. Just think, what can we be passionate about? What bigger purpose can we tie our family to to make a difference in this world? I urge you to sit down with your family, like I said, all together thinking through these and asking these questions because I know even my seven-year-old and nine year old love to talk about it. They love to make a difference. I'll share a book actually that my nine year old has that has changed her perspective on the world to make a difference. She even started to make posters and everything for the mission she was about and it was fun to see. So I'll share that tomorrow. But as I said come with your missions. Come with the space in your house and we'll get creative together. We'll start brainstorming together. I'm very excited to do that with you. And share with a friend. So that way we can have a community on here tomorrow to just talk about this stuff. As always I just thank you for spending this time with me and letting me take a part of your day. As always, send me messages with any questions, comments, how you're doing on your action steps. Take a look at those videos from last week and I will see you guys all tomorrow. Have a fantastic Monday. Bye, friends
Lykke Haven Design is a full service, purpose-driven interior design firm serving clients in West Michigan. We work with clients from Ada, to Grand Rapids, to Holland (and the occasional out of state). Our mission is to create Intentional Interiors curated with a Meaningful Mission that Cultivate Connection. We do this through a process driven by Human-Centered Design. We would love to discuss your next project and how we can help.
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