Michelle’s book Happy Inside, a practical guide on how to build a happy home, was released at the end of April 2020, nearly at the same time many of us, confined within our four walls, came to the realisation: we want something different from our lives at home.
According to the IKEA Life at Home Report 2021, 14% of people around the world said that their homes don’t meet their mental health and wellbeing needs.
Michelle’s own pursuit of ‘home’ has been a lengthy story too with its fair share of upheaval and disappointment. It’s a journey that’s taken her through nondescript student rooms where she endlessly moved the furniture around to try to make them feel better and years of “rubbish rentals”. But it finally culminated in her current home, a place described as her safe space to “retreat and leave the world with all its noise behind” – somewhere she could rebuild both the home and herself, from the inside out.
“Your home environment is the third pillar for a good life. It is as important to your wellbeing as good food and exercise. I believed this before the pandemic, but now the truth of this belief resonates with many who may not have really considered the importance of their homes in this way before. Life was previously moving faster than many could cope with. And home was just a place to leave in the morning and crash back into, exhausted, at night. I believe that home should be the ultimate foundation for the life you dream of having and the nurturing relationships you deserve. Because from such a space you can achieve a sense of balance that will assist you in finding your true purpose and fulfilling your potential.”
As she is working on her next book, Simple Inside: Master Your Space, Master Your Life, intended as the toolkit companion to Happy Inside, Michelle shares five steps for harnessing the power of home for health and happiness. “My home is my sanctuary and my secret superpower! These are guidelines that delve deeper than décor. Rather, the goal is to help you to become your best self through home.”