Wow – these last few weeks have been such a whirlwind!
Now more than ever, I am trying to figure out how to do it all. Between packing up my things for the move, going back and forth to the apartment, furniture shopping, keeping up with work and fitness, creating content, and everything else in between, I guess you can say I’ve been a bit overwhelmed. I have to keep reminding myself that I can’t do it all at the same time. I’ve been working so hard to create a balance of all the above, but it has not been easy.
As a quick apartment update, my official move in date is now April 4, which is just 2 weeks away! I’ve brought several things to my new place already, but of course need movers to help me take the rest of it. There’s no way I could move my entire life up two flights of stairs on my own. Since I am only allowed to move into the building during weekday work hours, I unfortunately don’t have any friends who can help out.
So far, I’ve ordered my dream sofa (yay!), found my area rug, counter stools, and my kitchen is completely stocked with everything that I need. The countertop is getting replaced to white quartz either this week or next. I’m still on the hunt for a bed and pretty much everything else. It seems that I’ve been gravitating towards a mid-century modern glam style. Does that make sense? My color scheme is white, blush, light gray and gold. I can’t wait for it to all come together!
I plan on doing a more in-depth apartment post soon so that I can share more photos of the empty space before it get’s filled up and possibly give a sneak peek at some of the pieces I already bought. I really want to continue sharing this whole process with you. I did a mini apartment tour on IG Stories, but in case you missed it you can still find it on my story highlights!
All of this has been such a long (and expensive) process and I don’t know if you are ever really prepared for it. At the same time though, it’s been empowering just knowing that I am doing it all on my own. Everyone has been telling me to take my time and to just focus on the main pieces that I need right away. That’s probably been the best piece of advice. I know that once I have all my things in the space, I can start figuring out everything else that I have to get. It might take a few months before I feel completely settled in. One day at a time!
I’m moving from my childhood home, where I have lived for 34 years, to a studio apartment in Manhattan. I’ve had my anxious moments where I’ve freaked out a little bit wondering how in the hell I am going to fit all of my belongings in such a small space. I might take a cue from Carrie Bradshaw and store my shoes in the oven lol. I’ve actually been downsizing a lot and letting go of everything that I no longer wear or need. Whatever I didn’t donate, I am selling on my Poshmark closet!
Interestingly enough, this entire process and change in daily routine immediately made me think about the next book on my reading list by Erin Falconer: “How To Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need To Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything.”
When I went to the bookstore back in January to prep for my 2018 reading list, I was instantly drawn to this one. I love the whole concept of doing less, but achieving more. I mean, isn’t that the goal? When we try to do everything at the same time, we end up burning ourselves out, which then results in us not wanting to do anything at all or it simply causes us to be much less productive than we had hoped. This is such a happy time in my life and I don’t want to ruin that by stressing myself out every day. There is so much to look forward to!
I know that it’s not exactly the best time for me to dive into a new read, but I figured this would be the perfect book to help get me through the next several weeks. The plan is to read a couple of pages each night before bed to give me some extra motivation and narrow my focus the next morning.
While I have not read much of this just yet, I did want to share a few key takeaways that stopped me in my tracks as I skimmed through. Here’s a couple of things to think about today:
Take charge of your life by:
Moving from object to subject. Ditching busyness. Learning the sound of your own voice.
Language Shapes Us.
Start Saying no. Stop saying, I’m sorry. Release the crippling noose of should.
You’re supposed to enjoy the ride.
Success at any cost? Invest in your own well-being.
Less is a lot more.
Choose your goals. Not too many. Don’t do anything else (when you can avoid it)
I must admit that I am so guilty of the “busyness” trap! I am trying so hard to be more mindful of this and I have a feeling this book is going to give me a major wake up call in this area. I’m looking forward to diving in! Have any of you read this yet? If so, please share your thoughts on it with me below. You can check out more of the book here.
Thanks so much for reading. Stay tuned for more apartment updates soon. YAY!