I recently found myself in a difficult living situation that I removed myself from. I quickly found a solution and moved out with ease; but most of all, the overall experience made me extremely grateful and strengthened my spiritual condition.
Life throws you curveballs to make you stronger, not to throw you off track. Hoda Kotb reminded me of this when I saw her speak last January in New York, telling us her story of failures and disappointments in her early career. Little did she know, she was being guided on a new path: a much different and bigger path.
I wrote about this a while back in relation to my career in NYC, but it is still applicable here in Boston. I’ve repeatedly tried to plan my future, only to find opportunities I didn’t even expect knocking on my door. So far, I’ve been happily surprised by what Boston has had in store for me. I have connected with some amazing, talented and supportive people. Career wise, I’m taking small steps to grow professionally as well as focusing on the bigger picture; but unlike the past, I’m not expecting anything to happen overnight. That’s how I used to live.
Home is another area of my life where there is uncertainly. There are so many options, neighborhoods and living situations to consider: what is the best for me? When I first arrived in Boston last December, I packed light and stayed in an Airbnb. “Stuff” has become just a small facet of my life.
Home is where your heart is.
My heart lies within words, relationships, creativity and beauty. I’ve spent the past year focusing on me- not what I have or other outside factors. I used to think happiness was found in other people, where I lived, what I did for work or how I looked on paper. Boy, was I wrong. None of these external things made me happy; I had to find serenity and peace within myself.
I have lived quite simply these past few months, a far cry from how I used to live in New York. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I can easily pack up everything I own in a few minutes and Uber in a different direction- little black dresses, Henri Bendel bags, journals, plants, books and bracelets.
I’ve really got this rhythm down. Although moving every few weeks or months is not ideal, it’s truly strenghtened me, helped me learn Boston, made me more compassionate and allowed me to focus on myself, not “stuff.”
Home is where your heart is; you just need to be sure to stay true to it. ❤️