Well, it’s that time again! Our lease finished in Manhattan, so we’re off to see more of the world. We spent the last two weeks selling (nearly) everything we owned so we could travel a bit without worrying about where to store beds or dishes. We’re minimalists and it feels so great to live on so little. You really don’t need too much to live happily.
I started on minimalism when your father and I were living in Las Vegas. One day I decided to wear this one pair of blue jeans I had been carting around everywhere we travelled “just in case” (after only wearing dresses for a long time). I hated the feeling of wearing these silly pants all day so finally your father told me go back to the apartment to change. I laughed and thought to myself that it was silly, but I really did feel more “me” in dresses! So into a dress I went.
Thing is, I had been lugging these jeans around everywhere I went. I realised at this point how ridiculous that had been and my worldview on belongings was forever changed. Your father and I made a bit of a celebration to accept the new mindset into our lives and (this is silly, are you ready Nico?) we stood on our 12, 13, 17 story high (whatever it was) balcony and threw the jeans off and away with glee. Here’s that transitory moment:
Directly after that, we emptied all of our belongings on to the bed. We were harsh with what stayed and what didn’t. If we didn’t like it, it went. If we didn’t use it, it went. It was a huge relief to be rid of all this useless stuff.
And so, this night obviously effected me quite a bit because nearly two years later, I’m still extremely enthusiastic about keeping what we need (and only that!). So, as you and I are getting ready to travel, I took this time to do another cleanse. The picture above is everything we own today. 5 dresses for me, 8 shirts/pants for you, toys, toiletries, and electronics. And geez, Nico, it feels so good!
Why keep a pair of jeans you can’t stand wearing anyway?
P.S. Here is our last picture on the stoop at our home in Manhattan. Good bye NYC!