but scattered a little bit everywhere. That pretty much sums up the state of things, as I’m in the process of moving out of my home of the past 21 years. I’ve got mostly-packed, half-empty rooms with piles of stuff everywhere, and then I’ve got painters, electricians, hardwood floor guys, and a BIG mess over there. But in just a few days, I’ll be sitting in my new place, surrounded by boxes, wondering what hit me. I’m not moving far in distance, but it’s a big move for me in other ways.
It was a summer full of precious time with the grand girlies; visits from family and special time with my best-est childhood friend; lots of hard work and tough decisions, but also quiet moments of gratitude for my time here. I’ll miss this house for a lot of reasons, but I’m ready to move on. It took me awhile, but when I was ready, it was an easy decision. The house sold in less than an hour, my offer was accepted on the other house (out of 11 offers), and both homes had a short escrow. Everything flowed so easily, as it does when things are meant to be.
The real work is ahead of me now. There’s the obvious stuff, like taking out all the damaged cement, landscaping, replacing the old linoleum kitchen floor, covering windows, finding spaces for things in a much smaller house, etc, etc. Those are all minor though, and they’ll get sorted out in due time.
The tougher part will be dealing with all the emotions surrounding the events these past four years that led me to this space in my life. It’s acknowledging and honoring the losses, the disappointments and the fears; it’s about taking the time I need to feel them, and then letting them go. It’s also about feeling the exhilaration of a new adventure right around the corner, wondering what might be in store for me. I’m curious to know who I’ll be when the dust settles and I have a chance to look around. I wonder what I’ll find?
As soon as I get a tiny bit settled, I’ll be diving in head-first on next February’s Artful Journey retreat
, which is already about 80% full! What a blessing that so many artists want to come up and join us in February; I’m SO excited to have that to look forward to. I’ve missed my art peeps! See you on the other side!