Happy New Year! I had this whole post planned in my head - about how I was going to talk about things I was anticipating this year. I mentioned what I loved about 2010, but I definitely have a lot to look forward to in 2011.
We're not moving. Well, not in February anyway. You all know I want to get out of this tiny little apartment more than anything. (Heck, I'd already started packing boxes!) But right now, it just doesn't make sense. Ben and I sat down and talked budget the other night - about the costs that inevitably add up when you move, to the stress of making sure we could find a place, to me being out of the country for the whole process - and it seemed smarter to stay, but neither of us wanted to be in this apartment for another year. The details haven't been all worked out yet, but for now the plan is to suck it up for another few months, and move in August. Long-term this is a really smart decision for us, but it's also frustrating because we're so ready to move.
I decided an attitude change was in order. We started talking about changes we could make around the apartment so it would be more home-y and not just the place where we slept. We talked about purging and re-arranging, and Saturday morning with the start of the new year, we started making our place a new apartment. We purged, sorted, packed up unnecessary items we weren't using (here's looking at you three sets of champagne flutes), and re-arranged some furniture. We found a home for one of our couches which will soon be replaced with a table and chairs that were offered to us awhile back. We worked for about six hours, and let me tell you, this place sparkled.
We realized it's okay to plan, but it's better to not live for the planning. And when I walked in from work today I walked into a home. Our home. We're going to live for what we have, not what we might have, or possibly want, and when it comes time to say goodbye to this place we'll leave the apartment and take the memories with us.
I've been in a pretty good mood since the New Year, and I know it's because I'm living for now, not for the moment three days or weeks or months from now.
Have you ever changed your attitude and decided to live for the moment? Did that help you later down the road?