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Kennesha Buycks is the creator of Restoration House, a home and lifestyle brand focusing on creating soulful spaces that speak to the restorative aspects of home. A Southern transplant to the PNW, she is passionate about connection and encouraging others to live life with unique passion and purpose.

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  1. “ I realize you can be physically present in a place that used to feel so much like home and still experience loneliness, unsettledness, anxiety, and confusion.” That part. It really hit home (no pun intended) as I know when I return to my home state eventually, things won’t feel the same. Friends have moved, people gather at new churches, kids have grown, and are now far away. This is something I needed to hear.

  2. I’ve thought a lot about this in the last few years especially. There’s nothing like feeling at home in yourself and with others. Thank you for putting that feeling to words.

  3. Love this part:

    “At the end of the day, I find great resolve and peace knowing that I can experience this sense of home whether I am alone or with those who have helped nurture it within me.”

    And those who have helped nurture it within me spans far beyond my immediate family. I love what home looks like in this present moment and couldn’t be more thankful. Thank you for sharing, Kennesha!

  4. “I’m learning that sometimes that place of settled-ness and contentedness is found within me, and ultimately, because of my faith in God, that also means I find it in Him.” This sentiment truly resonated with my heart. It took me many years to realize home isn’t a place. Thank you for putting this feeling into such beautiful words for me!

  5. This resonates with me a lot. I remember a time when we were worried we couldn’t make our house payments and were considering going into foreclosure— it was an emotional rollercoaster journey of going through all the scenarios in my head of our future. After going through every possible what-if scenarios, it hit me that our house was ‘just a building’ , not what made it our home— it was our relationships, the memories—that are home. We could physically live anywhere and still be at home. Thanks for this simple, yet important perspective of what is really important!