Breathing, Packing, Purging, and Moving

by Liz Jansen

BreathingIt’s been a monumental week. I’ve completed the first draft of Crash Landing. Two-and-a-half years in the works, with a focused and intense three months of writing since March and it’s done. There’s still much to do but it’s a major milestone.

Now I’m taking a brief breather before going back and starting the revisions. After that, the manuscript will go to a few beta readers for more feedback, and back to me for more revisions. Then it’s time for professional editing. The words that make it to the printer have to pass much scrutiny.

Coincidentally, I’m moving next week, right during a strategic break in my writing. Not by choice, but because I’ve been asked to leave. That’s right. I’ve been evicted from my lovely place. Sadly, my landlord is ill and needs a live-in caregiver.

The good news for me is that I’m staying on the same street, which I love, and only moving up a few houses. My new place is even more to my liking and walks out to the same treed ravine.

It’s still a move though, requiring cleaning, packing, and hiring movers. Although I try not to accumulate much, stuff creeps in. Or something I’ve been storing hasn’t been touched in more than a year. At the same time, I’ll be doing some soul-searching for outdated thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

Going through the moving exercise is a good chance to declutter, purge, and divest of anything, on any level, that no longer serves me.

There will be no posting next week but expect me back the week after. Until then, I wish you health, happiness, abundance, laughter, and adventures. Safe travels, wherever your Road leads.


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Author, writer, student and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

4 Comments on “Breathing, Packing, Purging, and Moving

  1. It’s amazing how purging and downsizing can make ones life more carefree to do the things we were meant to do, enjoy lifes adventures. I did that two years ago.Good luck Miss Liz with your move. Look forward to your next post.

    • Thanks Debi – My packing has become a form of meditation, honoring what I have, with gratitude, and honoring what I no longer need, and with gratitude, divesting of it. Liz

  2. Liz, every time I see a biker, I imagine into the freedom of that life-style and way of traveling the roads, but I always wonder what would happen if there was a blow-out, since there are only two tires. Can you address that at some point so we car-people can stop projecting our own fears and anxieties and just enjoy imagining the freedom aspect? — Gary

    • Hi Gary – Although we can recognize our own projections, we can’t control that of another – whatever they are. The blow-out fear, while possible, has a very low likelihood of occurring, especially if the rider is monitoring his or her tire conditions. Of far greater concern is the car driver who’s distracted or for other reasons doesn’t notice the motorcycle rider. Thanks. Liz