As you well know, John and I are preparing to move into what we call the "cottage" - a 450 sf converted garage grandfathered in as an ADU many years ago. It's exciting, refreshing and frightening. I say we are "preparing" because we currently have the cottage mostly full (about as full as I'd prefer it ever be) while also having the 3 bedroom upstairs apartment also completely full. In fact, too full. How full? Three couches and a chair full. Too full.
With the help of a friend, we've made our tiny future home a little dream in many ways. We selected our own colors, floor, counter and fixtures. We're picking out our cabinet knobs and our fans. We'll hang our wedding photos on the walls. And... we purchased our first couch. Our first real, we are adults and sometimes buy things from department stores instead of Craigslist couch!! We can't wait to move in and be all settled. But between that happy ever after and now, is a lot of stuff.
I've been getting rid of boxes for the past year now, and it seems to never end. And that is just my things, not even his half. We will not fit. Not as we are. That somehow seems poetic, a tell-tale truth about our lives right now and this marriage we've just set out on. And I like that. It only adds momentum.
My goal for 2015, and for the months that remain in 2014, is to live a simpler life. Our wedding, and so far marriage has been an incredibly humbling process. I feel like perhaps I'm not as talented or skilled as I had thought myself. And while it really hurt at first to discover, I'm accepting that maybe I don't need to be. I know the coming year will be a constant learning process for me and will likely hold a few identity shifts (if not crises). My goal is to just handle them as gracefully as I possibly can - and accept that I don't need what I once felt accustomed to have and/or be. That being said - I deleted my to-do list yesterday. It was challenging, as I wanted very badly to keep it and prove myself by it, or at the very least judge myself by it. But instead I made myself clear that space in order to create room for a fresh start and a bit more play.
I hope to create space.
That is my personal mission statement for 2015 and perhaps beyond.