Prepare for a stream of consciousness post.
1) A little over a month ago, my world was rocked. All of my friends and family are healthy and fine. The world rocking had to do with the loss of personal possessions. Unfortunately, there is a lawsuit pending, so I can’t get into further details. Suffice to say, my perspective on “stuff” is different. I still love a pretty home, but it seems a little hollow. I will keep blogging about homes and design projects. My heart is just a little different.
2) I have the most spectacular friends. I read this article this week – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/fashion/the-challenge-of-making-friends-as-an-adult.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&buffer_share=c7e61&utm_source=buffer. It made me all that much more thankful for them. Mostly ladies, mostI have met since turning 30. They are a diverse group, and that diversity offers me the greatest mix of women that can get mad with me, cry with me, laugh with me or have the rational pragmatic reaction when I seem to be at a loss for one. I hope I offer them a fraction of the same.
3) We’re moving to Chicago. After the difficult months(years in some cases) of job hunting, deteriorating home values and general malaise, my husband and I felt the need for a fresh start. I know that location doesn’t create happiness, but a change of scenery can’t hurt. I will be fully relocated at the end of next week. The coming week is going to be full of poignant goodbyes and I can almost guarantee I will be in tears as I cross that border no longer a Colorado resident. I leave this state, the state where I was born and raised, bruised and battered from tragedy.
I read another blog today and while I am not religious, I feel something can be taken from this no matter what your faith (or lack thereof). http://andrewsporch.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/on-responding-to-tragedy/. For those of you that don’t follow the link, the gist is this (my interpretation, not the original authors):
In responding to tragedy:
- resist the urge to spout platitudes (“everything happens for a reason”)
- resist the urge to engage in social analysis (this is not the time or place for furthering an agenda)
- resist the urge to demonize the perpetrator (this person may have committed evil and devastating acts, but is clearly not a rational healthy being. Anger directed at this person really has no value)
- Determine how aid those affected however we can
I think that is all that is on my mind this weekend. I will be back soon with some mood board plans I have for our new Chicago apartment, its gonna be fabulous – at least it is in my head. Right now, my husband is unpacking the moving truck and I am waiting to hear how bad my hypothetical space planning was and how “cozy” we will be.
I hope I haven’t lost tons of readers in the past few months of blog silence. It’s great to be back!