Things have gotten so crazy at my house that the cats have decided to form a temporary alliance and are currently lying next to each other on my bed.
Not really leaving much room for me in the bed, I might add.
During this last hard push to moving day, I’ve needed to keep my spirit strong. As ever, one way I do that is by laughing at as many things I can, which I’ve been doing quite a lot lately. One reason is because every time I say “my apartment,” I think of this New Yorker essay, which I know I’ve linked to before, but it doesn’t stop making me laugh.
I also found motivation in this list of the 101 best restaurants in the US that Jama linked to over on Facebook, since two of the reasons I’m downsizing are so I have more time for travel and more time for food.
Of course, the reason I’m doing all this is so I have more time for my life, for the things that are most important to me, like exploring and creating and spending time with the people I love. This TED Talk by Brené Brown, which I’ve also linked to before, helped give me courage to take some big steps last year and to keep taking them, even though some of them have been so, so hard. It’s one of those things I think about and rewatch periodically, so I enjoyed hearing more from Brown in this radio interview Tanita pointed out to me. I listened to it while I was packing the other night, and Brown articulates so much of what’s important to me–her ideas about living wholeheartedly, particularly. I know what she means, and I know that living wholeheartedly is what I want to do.