Fresh lavender :)
I'm pretty sure no human has ever moved into a new apartment more slowly than I have over the past 6 months. I think my feet-dragging can mostly be blamed on the fact that in 5 years I've lived in 5 different homes and frankly, I'm tired of moving. I'm tired of re-selling or donating furniture that can't be transitioned and thus having to spend all sorts of monies on new pieces (I've put the Ikea family through college at this point). I'm tired of hanging and rehanging decorations, photos and knick-knacks. I'm annoyed at the idea of someday having to take it all down.
But, I fully recognize the longer I delay making my new digs a true "home" the longer I also delay the welcoming of new friends, opportunities and even potential new partners. I'm essentially telling the Universe I'm not ready to accept where I am in life--to settle in and be full present in this place. Working on my home is directly aligned with working on myself and I don't want to delay that any longer.
So in the past month I finally sucked it up and bought a new couch (a sofa bed, welcome future guests!), some ottomans, and a few decorative pieces. I've made a list of items/furniture to pick up over the next few weeks and I've started to develop some cool ideas for making my apartment both a magnet for positive energy as well as a source of comfort, love and gratitude for myself as well as anyone who may spend time here (come and visit me!). If all goes according to plan (and even if it doesn't, hey, we gotta be flexible) the good juju will be flowing in no time!
I've placed fresh lavender from the Ferry Building Farmer's Market on my kitchen table as well as in my sitting nook--it's the culinary kind, so not only does it look and smell great but it also can be used in my teas! I feel that gifting yourself fresh flowers, especially as a woman, is a great way to instantly brighten the home and your spirits. I've also got an arts and crafts night planned for next Monday with some pals where I'll be working on some homie projects that hopefully turn out as fabulously as they look in my head :) I'm excited to document the process and share with all of you my suggestions.
If you have any tips on cool ways to decorate/feng shui/pull in the good vibes to a new home, I'd love to hear them. I will take all the help I can get :)