A few images of life lately…
Perhaps it’s self-evident that I’m busy this month: it’s been two weeks since my last post. We’re in the thick of our move to Austin. I began packing boxes yesterday, we decided on a moving strategy (hire your friends!), and we’ve picked a date for the big move involving a big truck and a plan of attack.
To be really honest, I kinda hate it when bloggers go on and on and on(!) about their move. So boring. I don’t want to do that to you, and I don’t have the energy to write about it either.
Suddenly I have nothing to talk about. Good-bye.
Okay, maybe I’ll talk about the move a little bit. It’s a bit more complicated than you might think. Paul and I have been collaborating with his friend Tim to move two homes: the apartment Paul and I live in now and Tim’s house, where Paul and Tim used to live with their roommate Matt. We had initially planned to hire professional movers because we’d prefer to trade our money for the convenience of having someone else do the heavy lifting. But the estimates we got were shockingly high for such a short-distance move (College Station and Austin are about 100 miles apart), so we’re going to rent a truck, hire/bribe some friends, and do the move ourselves. We’ve made our peace with this decision, so it’s on to scheduling a truck and packing boxes.
Meanwhile, I’m working 25+ hours most weeks, finishing the final weeks of my lab job. In Austin, as I’ve mentioned, I’ll be a full-time freelancer. After a meltdown last week, I realized that I have a lot of spiritual work to do to step into that role. My breakthrough insight: I am never going to be “free” of my fear of not having enough—enough money, enough time, enough creative work, enough food. I’ll never be free of my fear, so instead I must see my fear as part of my process. Charles Eisenstein has this phrase where he talks about humanity entering into a co-creative partnership with the Earth. Likewise, I am starting a co-creative partnership with my fear. I’m inviting it to join me in this new adventure. Intellectually, I’ve already made my decision, but the fear was nagging at me, pulling on me, demanding my attention. So what do I do with the fear? I invite it along for the ride! The fear will be what pushes me to work when I don’t feel like it. It will be what reminds me to be not just good at what I do but excellent.
You might say, “But Rose-Anne, isn’t that really negative to let your fear be what drives you?” I say: fear isn’t in the driver’s seat. I am. But fear is my co-passenger on the days that it insists on tagging along.
I’ve spent too much time being afraid of the fear. By embracing it, I hope to disarm the power it has over me. Last night, I bought a copy of May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein to work through my fear and find a healthier path. (And again, the fear might walk beside me on that path, but that’s okay.)
In other news, Paul and I bought a new car last week! He found us a used 2007 Volkswagen Passat, and we couldn’t be happier with it. Our vehicle until now has been an ancient, much-loved Explorer. We had been planning to buy a car for many months now. Paul tells me that driving the Explorer into the garage at our new place in Austin was his lightbulb moment: the Explorer didn’t belong in that space, our new car did. So when we came back to College Station, he buckled down, hit up Craigslist, and found us a lovely used car. It’s a much smoother ride than the Explorer, comfortable and in great shape. What’s funny is that I grew up riding in old, beat-up cars, so I don’t care about having a nice car. But even I like our Passat and feel very happy we bought it. It’s another item checked off our to-do list.
That’s all the news for now. I’m still planning to share my thoughts about budgeting on a freelancer’s income, but now I think I’m going to split it into two parts. So stay tuned for that!
Happy week, dear readers.