Dear friends, I am so excited to share that I will be moving into my first-ever studio apartment in December. This will truly be what is the essence of single living 😅. I am excited and scared at the same time.
Excited about ALL the opportunities to make it my own. It's a tiny space, so I will get to be creative with the space and turn it into all the things that I hope for it to be-- an inspiring, cozy, and quirky place that makes you feel refreshed from being there. I am also nervous because this will be the first time I will live 100% alone (I've always had housemates). As much as I love my alone time, I know that I will need to take extra care to be around my people, the people who I love and trust who check in with me when I disappear and go on all my creative pursuits. Sometimes it's good to have people who remind you to come out for some air and food when you're an introverted artist!
I remember a long time ago when I lived alone very briefly before getting a housemate in college. It was liberating to me. I loved it. I basked in my ability to have the place all to myself. I thoroughly enjoyed the times of dancing around the house like no one was watching, because no one was watching. The times of letting my artistic side run wild and doing art projects at midnight. I am thinking that now that I have the luxury of more privacy, I might have the courage to finally give my YouTube channel a worthy try. I have ideas inside of me that haven't even been born yet. I feel this inspiration slowly marinating, and I'm excited to see what comes to life!
I have spent this last year very much with my heart and mind facing externally. I have been doing things in the world, meeting people, having amazing experiences out there. I feel as though this move living on my own will be a nice turning point of returning to myself and going inward. Reflecting. Creating. Experimenting and learning.
Here are a couple of pictures of the space.
That's my mom on the right haggling with my landlady before I signed onto the lease ;).
The studio is nothing spectacular or large, but it is everything I need. I have so many ideas for making this into an inspiring space that I want to be in everyday. There is so much potential, it's exhilarating to me :).
It's funny because I've dreamed about having my own place for a long time, but I never actually thought it would come this soon. Not at all. It's amazing how God's timing is never as you would expect. I'm not complaining :).
Also, when I would dream about living alone, I had this very specific image in mind. It is quite random, but I saw myself from a third person perspective, and I was seeing the back of myself as I stood at the sink in the kitchen on a sunny morning, with the sun rays on my back, and me washing some dishes. I have no idea why I had this image, washing dishes is not my favorite thing in the world, but that is what I saw, and it always made me feel warm and happy as that image played in my mind. I don't know why I am sharing that with you, but I guess I feel like this place is the final coming-together of that image. Soon enough, I will be doing everyday things in this warm and lovely space, making it my home; even washing the dishes :).
I am excited to continue sharing all my progress with making the space my own, and to share what it's like to experience true single living. I do think it will be a lifestyle change-- hopefully a good one!
One thing I know for sure is that going into the unknown has always been a good thing for me. It's times like these that I more deeply rely on God, and it's times like these when my relationship with God is able to go deeper.
Wherever you are in your life, maybe you have other changes happening around you, maybe you are going through a change in job, change in lifestyle, maybe it's a change in relationship status, or change in the fabric of society around you-- I hope this is an opportunity for you to turn to God in an even more vulnerable way and talk to Him about all your needs, your worries, and cares. Also the things that you look forward to! Sometimes life changes come our way so that we can more readily rely on God to lead the way, and to hold our hand as we enter into the scary but exciting unknown :).
Sending you lots of love,
P.S. Stay tuned for future blog posts around my single living adventures! 🦋