This week is moving week. Did I mention that we were moving? We found a beautiful apartment in our favorite neighborhood in Charlotte and spent Monday moving things from the old place. Oh, that old place. Back in 2011 when we first moved here, we took the first house we looked at because we had two weeks to move our lives from Orlando. It was good enough. I always expected that we would move after a year or two, but four years later and we finally made the move. Words can’t describe how happy I am to live in a more walkable neighborhood and to be able to see the Charlotte skyline just steps outside of our new place. It does magical things for my soul, I tell you what.
We actually downsized our square footage by HALF. Yes, half. If I live in a more walkable neighborhood, I don’t need as much space, especially if that space is bright and beautiful. Simplifying our lives is something I have wanted to do for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to do just that. The amount of STUFF we cleared out blew my mind a bit, but it’s such a relief to be rid of so much.
There are still boxes gathered in our tiny new space and we’re using lawn chairs as furniture because our sofa won’t arrive for another five weeks, but I’m so happy. So, so happy. I feel so much lighter and incredibly inspired already and we’ve only been here for 48 hours.
A new chapter is just beginning, is the long and short of it. The last chapter of our lives felt like it dragged on for a bit too long, you know? Like a television series that should have ended long before it actually did, but forced out a few more to milk it as long as possible and you think, “this show should have ended three seasons ago.” We needed this new chapter more than anyone will ever really understand, more than I even realized, and it has finally arrived.
So, here’s to simplifying, the beginning of new chapters, and empty boxes. Cheers!