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Movin’ On and Takin’ the Good Stuff

January 14, 2014

Ever look back through the chapters of your life? Not in a regretful way, but just to observe where you’ve been and what you’ve gone through in the hopes of seeing where you might be headed.

nycThe same way we sort through our “stuff” and reminisce on items before pitching what we’ve outgrown, every now and then I do this with my past. As the decades continue to collect on my watch, I remember old addresses and the person I was when I lived in them and remark on how those experiences shaped who I am today. Like the fire in our house when I was five, the 200-year-old Amherst home I lived in after college that was freezing all winter, or the mouse traps in a Bronx apartment that forced me to push pass fear and empty them on my own. And it is within those memories – at those addresses – where growth louis

Last week I moved a client from New York City to St. Louis. In her early 80s, she’s called home to many places over the years, but this move she said will most likely be her last. Over lunch one day she shared a memory about her first home, a one-room apartment in Manhattan where she lived with her mother. Though her new apartment in St. Louis boasts 16 closets and magnificent views, it is that tiny first place she will no doubt always look back on most fondly.

For many, change is hard. But it can be truly rewarding. My client knows this and has embraced her next chapter. Every time we move we leave a little of ourselves behind, whether it’s material or emotional, but like a crab, it’s only the shell that gets left. The important stuff, the good stuff, that we take with us.


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  1. Edes Gilbert permalink

    How very dear of you. Thank you. And it is all true.


  2. Stephanie permalink

    Coming from someone who moved 9 times in 12 years…your writing struck a beautiful cord!

  3. mary permalink

    Soooooo true and don’t I know what stuff you and I have been going through. I am recovering from the big move and big chill and feeling lighter. Thank you so much for all you did to help me finish up the loose ends.

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Auntie M permalink

    As we think about downsizing after 42 years in the same place I can’t help but wonder which memories will stand out. I’m thinking it’s going to be all the family & fun times we have all had together. Great post Felice.

  5. Shelly Cohen permalink

    Such a great post and relevant to everyone. Change is inevitable in life and how we handle it is key.
    Another inspirational piece. Thanks for adding to our wonderful memories……..

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