With what I do for a living, packing is a way of life. I don't even blink at it anymore. I'm not a procrastinator with it, but don't see the point of packing until the night before a trip. Mostly because it stresses out my poodle. After years of going overseas for months at a time, I've gotten pretty good and packing only the essentials and none of the extras. It's to the point now where if I'm packing for less than a month, I don't take it seriously. Which means I overpack for a week--not a good thing.
I guess the epitome of this was two years ago, when I returned home from overseas and had three weeks to completely cut my life off here in the States because I was moving to South Africa for a year. I was supposed to lead a three month Swazi trip and then settle down outside of Jo-burg. My scheduled return was set for December. I had two suitcases. One with bare essentials for Swazi and the other with "fun" clothes, my new warm North Face jacket, my favorite chocolate candy, a pair of shoes, and a notebook full of dvds. It's humbling to reduce your possessions to two suitcases, a carry-on, and a book bag. Even more humbling when you return to America after only three months because you're sick, run down, desperately in need of rest, and most of all, walking in obedience. I walked back into my room that day and felt so detached from all the things that were once so familiar--and are so again.
Now I'm faced with another packing dilemma. The blessing of a fully furnished apartment (and a different allotment of space--translation, less storage) means I can't take everything I originally planned on. How do you decide what's important? I want my room to feel familiar. I want my apartment to feel like home, even this temporary place. So as I sit in my room now (the one I've known as "my room" since I was a child), I'm overwhelmed with trying to decide what to take.
I need y'all's help with something. Any of y'all good at decorating? I'm not, although I do have a close friend who is and who will help me. I need ideas on how to make my room feel like me. Even though it's temporary, it's important. I can't paint, but can rearrange all but one (old) piece of furniture. I can't put nails in the walls, but can use sticky tack and other dorm-style tricks. My colors are the beach: blues and purples with bright accents-- yellow, orange, and pink. I love natural light. In fact, I don't turn on "fake" lights until the sun goes down. And I love bright, in case my blog didn't clue you in on that fact. :0)
How would you brighten and make my new room "beachy"? Your ideas will definitely help me out this weekend!
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