This is The Best Night You'll Spend at Home All Year

This is The Best Night You'll Spend at Home All Year

Taryn Williford
Jan 8, 2018
(Image credit: Aimée Mazzenga)

We're moving on to the second week of the Cure: Whether you got everything done last week or not (the Cure is about progress, not perfection!) hopefully you're feeling the forward momentum. To keep everything rolling along — especially after your whirlwind weekend floor clean — we've made your mission today a quiet, simple and mindful one.

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If you're a Cure veteran, today's assignment will look somewhat familiar; it's a blend of two classic Cure components — the mini meditation and the media fast. They're mashed up in a way that I hope makes it easier to achieve in a way that feels right for every home and lifestyle.

Let's jump in!

(Image credit: Lana Kenney)

Today's Assignment:

Spend time WITH (not just at) your home tonight.

This evening (or whenever your main block of "home time" is), make a date with your home. Set aside some time — a half-hour or an hour or even the whole night — just to sit at home without any distractions.

During that time, I want you to turn off the television, close your computer and set all your devices on silent or (even better) airplane mode. Treat it like you're having a good friend over for dinner. With your break from media tonight, you have the focus to really enjoy your home and, most importantly, learn from it. You can turn on music, if you prefer—just make it something light (maybe instrumental) and unobtrusive. (Again, think "dinner party" vibe.)

During the night, move around your space. Sit in your usual spots and look around the room. Notice the things you don't normally see when you're fixated on a TV or phone screen. Sit in every possible seat in your living room (or wherever you spend the most time) for a moment at some point in the night and look around from each perspective. What parts of the adjacent rooms do you see when you're sitting there? Spend time standing in doorways and picturing what each of your rooms look like to somebody stepping into them for the first time.

As you work your way around your rooms, picture not only how things look now, but also how you'd like them to look in the future. If you come across a space that you feel is problematic, imagine removing the "stuff" from that area — the furniture, belongings, everything. Then mentally start rebuilding that area, adding back in only what feels right and looks good in your mind's eye. Make note of what changes you envision and move forward with some additional clarity about how you truly want your home to be; what you need and what you can move forward without.

Anyone who's been to dinner with a guest who is more invested in their phone than the company knows that there's a difference between being there and being present. That's why today's task asks you to spend time with your home, instead of just at home. It's not only the venue for the night, but your home is tonight's guest of honor.

If you need to take breaks during your date — to cook dinner or take an important phone call — feel free. But try to dedicate as much time as you can to the task.

If you'd like to share how you picture your night going (or you want to come back after your home date and let us know how it went), the comments section is, as usual, all yours.

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More Info:

  • The January Cure 2018 Main Page
  • Download the printable PDF calendar: January Cure 2018
  • Share your progress on Instagram: #thejanuarycure
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