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So we spent the weekend moving in. Funny how much stuff I’ve accumulated over the years while living in a 200 square foot studio. I read a funny piece recently about the “secret” to studio living. The secret is studio dwellers store overflow at their parents house. I had to laugh, so true!!!

It’s been easier to edit now as I’m moving in to my own place. There’s really only so much space and I want to make it my own. There is a book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up which I HAVEN’T read, but one phrase that I’ve grasped from the hearsay is “Does it spark joy?”. As I unpack I ask myself this question. If the answer is no, it gets put in the give-away box. Some things clearly spark joy, some I’ve kept because I feel guilty giving them away (i.e.. clothes i paid $$$ for, but haven’t fit me for years), and some I keep because I just feel like I should. Another tidbit from the book is to say “thank you” to the item and let it know it’s served it’s purpose and you appreciated it, but it’s time to let it go. It seems silly, but I find that it kind of works. I should probably buy the book because I know I’m missing a good gist of the process.

Ok, back to the task at hand. Here’s the main living space…phase 1, 2, and 3. I’m sure there will be a phase 4, 5, and 6 and I’ll let you know when I get there.

Phase 1 - empty

Phase 1 – empty

More stuff

Phase 2 – Stuff!

Settled in

Phase 3 – Comfy & cozy

After almost exactly a year of living in Napa full-time today is the day I move into my new house! It was an emotional and exhausting road getting to this point, but I am so happy and thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given. Two of my angels above took great care of me and are still taking great care of me.

I’ll post pics as I get settled in so you can see the progress. My sister, Pookie Bokamper, has graciously offered to assist in my move because she’s craaaaazy! Ha! Very thankful for her help. My POD is scheduled to deliver between 12:30-3:30, the hottest part of the day, but it’s only supposed to be 80 today so we got lucky.

Since the sale of my parents house and waiting for my POD I’ve been staying at my BF’s parents house while they’ve been traveling. They have a great view of hot air balloons as they go by their backyard on weekend mornings. Love them!

Balloons above the valley

Balloons above the valley