As I wrote about moving a couple of days ago, I wanted to give an update. For anyone who’s moved before (and that would be, hey, pretty much everyone), you’ll recognize these photos.
For reference, this is what it looked like on Sunday morning, when I moved.
And now there are about 32 boxes and various items of furniture now in my humble abode.
Which is to say….my entire apartment and work space is in a state of disarray and disorder that is positively mindblowing. And that, as you can imagine, is totally soothing as a working environment.
I haven’t stopped working during this time, either. As a matter of fact, an article I wrote for xoJane on why my racial background is really no one’s business (and it’s not) was picked up by Jezebel two days ago. It was a huge honor and I’m really excited even to this minute about the article getting picked up. I celebrated by unpacking the medicine cabinet and having a Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks while I waited for the Time Warner Cable guy.
What’s surprised me is that in the middle of keeping up with articles for clients and racing up and down four flights of stairs multiple times with everything from a living room chair to what seems like the entire Dewey Decimal library of lifestyle manuals (I evidently have MANY more books than I thought,) I’ve actually made MORE time at night to just unplug and unwind. It’s the first time in life that I’m demanding more balance as things attempt to get more out of balance.
Despite the struggle to figure out where my socks are, I unpacked a candle, namely this gorgeous one from Baroness Von Neumann scented candle in Capri. It’s a gorgeous candle created by a real Baroness (lucky duck) who nailed the fragrance of the legendary isle with this one with a crisp-but-soothing combination of grapefruit, cucumber, Italian basil, lily and a touch of wood. It is a perfect fragrance for the house, but the lush fragrance will transport you when combined with a bubble bath.
I guess the lesson I’m learning is to be grateful for being busy, but as the schedule ramps up, the ability to demand more time for yourself keeps things in balance. Each night, I’m trying to take a moment among the boxes to sit back and be completely present during this really exciting, quite hectic time.
Because, as Ferris Bueller once said: