Hey you! It’s been awhile since we caught up, and a lot has happened, so I thought I’d pop in to say hello and let you know what I’ve been up to lately.
I’m currently sitting here in my near-empty apartment, waiting for the movers to come and whisk me and my many boxes away to Los Angeles. I’ve moved six times in the last five years and probably between 25-30 times over the span of my entire life. Even though I do it more often than most people, it’s still an interesting dance to pack up everything that means something to you into a cardboard box, and label it with words like, “kitchen” or “office,” as if its contents could really be defined by one-word nouns. “The first bowl I successfully made in my pottery class” or “the mug I use everyday for my morning coffee and have grown sentimentally attached to” would ring more true than “dishes,” but I guess that’s the beauty of packing yourself into boxes. Only you will know the meaning and value of their contents, like an inside joke you have with yourself. 🙂
Normally, I pack everything up myself, so it was a nice change having Paul there to help me. Paul is the type of person who actually looks forward to helping people with things like moving. Recently he said to me, unprompted, “I’m going to come over this weekend so we can pack everything together.” He’s the best. 🙂
I’m looking forward to moving. I feel like the area and apartment I’m moving to will suit me better than almost anywhere I’ve lived before. I’m also gaining this renewed sense of enthusiasm and motivation toward my work and life. I have a lot of lofty, I-can’t-yet-touch-them-but-I-can-feel-them dreams and I think LA will be the place I make them happen.
On that note, does anyone else feel addicted to working? Sometimes, when I take a day off, I feel antsy because I’d rather be at my desk. I definitely wasn’t always like this and don’t want you thinking I’m humble-bragging about being an overachiever. Trust me, in previous jobs I was out the door the second my shift was over. But now, I crave working. I’m glad I’ve found a career I love, but it does scare me sometimes to think that I am, in many ways, “addicted” to my job.
Speaking of work, I felt a little overwhelmed the past few months, but have brought in a bit more help in order to soothe things and grow our community — specifically, five contributors and an online business manager. Man, they have helped a TON! It’s also really neat to see my little TNC team grow and I’m grateful to work with such talented women.
Random side note, but does anyone else hate having long fingernails? I just had to get up and cut them in the middle of writing this because they were driving me bananas.
Other random side note…I’ve been thinking of creating a YouTube channel or podcast with business and blogging tips. I like the idea of a YouTube channel because it feels more personal. What do you think? Would you be into one of them?
So finally, to end this accidental stream-of-consciousness post, here are a few reasons I’m excited to move…
- Wood floors! I kind of can’t wait to not have carpet everywhere I look. Not only do they look a whole lot nicer, but my dog, Monja, sheds enough to create an entirely new animal. It’s everywhere. And carpet has this lovely way of hiding it until you notice a chunk of fur stuck to your foot. Or clothes. Or anywhere, really. Monja also likes sleeping on cooler surfaces, so I think he’s going to be pretty stoked. Last night, we were hanging out in my (carpeted) room and he laid on top of a plastic storage box lid because it was probably the coolest place to sleep. It was really pathetic to watch haha. Also, adorable. Poor guy. He’s going to have a whole lot more places to sleep in our new digs.
- Walking to stuff! My current neighborhood is pretty suburban. I can’t walk anywhere. I’m excited for my new area because there are a lot of restaurants and boutiques right around the corner.
- More nature! The street I’m moving to has lots of trees and grass, and Griffith Park is right around the corner, too. I’m excited to get outside more and I think Monja will be happy, too. 🙂
- Decorating! I’ve put a really sloppy amount of effort into decorating previous apartments, probably because they always felt like transient homes. I’m hoping to add more “me” to this place and have already been planning some new decor. I’m excited!
What have you been up to lately?