nothing left to do

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hi gang, how are you this fab friday? hopefully summer is in full swing and the weekend will include all the good stuff we did when we were kids.

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for me, being back in miami has been great. i’m working hard to create nothing. it’s hard to believe i’m still unloading all the stuff i’ve been carting around for so many years. this time i’m clearing out of the house i shared with liz.

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moving again! anyway it forced me to empty yet another space that was full of papers, furniture, manuscripts, and magazine tear sheets. (that’s what all these pics are, sorry i have no idea where they’re from :(

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i guess moving is sort of meditation cause it forces you to really think about your stuff. i’m looking forward to seeing what life will be like when it’s completely cleaned out and up. the past few days have been about paying bills, downsizing and really relaxing, taking time to think about what’s next.

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it feels like a change is underway and i wonder what the next chapter will bring. i feel like i’ve been running for so long, 20 years in the city, a month in paris, one in ny, always something in the works. right now i want to stand still and re-evaluate. i’m getting pressure to head back to ny but i just want to stay here for a minute without making plans!

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what’s important now? how would it feel to dedicate real time to a book or a project instead of lugging them around unfinished, for years?

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the things i thought were constant are changing

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i recycled a ton of images today. i did keep a bunch and will maybe upload them to flickr one day. (when i have all that spare time)! what do you do with yours?

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i do love them so much

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but i just don’t want the burden of things

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so my aim is focus. i vow not to take on any new projects, and will try to turn those in the works into realities.

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well, that’s the plan anyway. one last day of purging tomorrow and i’m looking forward to it. good night for now and have a wonderful weekend with the ones you love!

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June 13, 2009. Uncategorized.

20 Comments

  1. Julie replied:

    Thanks for this entry! I too have been contemplating a “clearing out” and finishing up of projects. Thanks!

  2. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    There you are! Thought we had lost you this week, glad to hear things are getting organized for you Claudia. I fell off my bike today and a bit bruised up so totally bored but going to watch a movie and ice up a few spots-ouch! Picture a 55′yr.old falling off her bike, not a pretty sight!(Especially when the sight has a helmet and white legs to begin with)Have a marvelous weekend and talk later.
    XO

  3. Stephanie replied:

    I wish you well. Sometimes focusing is just what we need.

  4. The Red Velvet Shoe replied:

    Dear Claudia,

    Sounds like you know exactly what you need to do and are doing it. Sometimes we “run” so much that we don’t know what to do when it’s “quiet”. . .give it a chance and you will find so much beauty in the solitude of just an ordinary day. . .not to say it will fulfill you forever, but as you know, the French are masters at finding beauty in the slow, the simple, the ordinary. New York will always be there!!
    Have a luffly weekend and thank you so, so much for Blog Roll mention.

    xxMichelle

  5. Melissa replied:

    Claudia,

    Your week sounds so productive! Isn’t it nice to go through a ‘deep cleansing’ ever so often? There is nothing that leaves me feeling more satisfied than the purging of ‘stuff’, for it ultimately weighs us down.

    So happy for you and your ‘free’ spirit that is ready to move onto exciting things!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Melissa

  6. Slices of Beauty replied:

    Evaluating is lovely!

    Loving the silk closet and the steel chairs, beautiful.

  7. YSLGuy replied:

    Gorgeous pictures as always. Your blog is always full of such eye candy.

    I think taking time to prioritze and focus is great. We all need that at some point in our lives.

  8. Mary replied:

    Claudia,
    It seems that every year or so I need to refocus and shed more “stuff”. Even though I am not going anywhere, I feel burdened and restless. I make a new plan and clean things up. I am right there with you. The only dilemna is what to do with all the neat stuff.Any ideas?
    Mary

  9. Stephanie replied:

    I’m beginning to feel some of these burdens myself: Incomplete projects, unfinished books, stuff with no where to put it….
    Your purging, prioritizing and refocusing inspires me to do the same…before the heat of summer and fall drains me of the will to do so!
    Best wishes for peace and wellness as you figure out your next step. It sounds rather exciting, actually. Enjoy!
    http://stephanieclayton.blogspot.com/

  10. Fabulous Finds Gal replied:

    It sounds like you know what you need to do for you. So, follow your gut. It never fails you. Thank you for sharing all these ridiculously amazing images with us!! You are motivating me to clear out all my stuff too… But, I have a feeling if I start going through my years of mags, I will get sidetracked. Good luck to you Claudia.

    • theparisapartment replied:

      i know what you mean about getting sidetracked. that’s why i’ve been pretty brutal about paring down and making quick decisions!

  11. rochambeau replied:

    Am and will be thinking about you Claudia!
    Change is good.
    xoxox
    Constance

  12. rochambeau replied:

    ps
    Beautiful images~all!

  13. Judy Wilkenfeld replied:

    Yes, very nice images indeed. Thanks for stopping by also.

  14. theparisapartment replied:

    oh wow hey you guys, i’m so glad to hear you’re feeling the same way, it was a restlessness, and it’s starting to fade, that fast! today was more progress and i’m feeling light as air! mary, i agree with you, it’s hard to know what to do with all the great stuff. i’m going to do something on etsy and lots of giveaways.

  15. Sue replied:

    Your energy level is amazing! How DO you do it? Please put my name in the pot for your giveaway. I can just imagine what scrumptious goodies you have stashed away!
    ~Sue~

  16. Judith replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    It’s such a great feeling to clear out the old. It leaves room for the new as well! Have a great trip and cannot wait to see what you put up in Etsy!
    xoxo
    Judith~

  17. Melissa A. replied:

    These are great pictures Claudia. Me being a very visual person, I love seeing pictures in between your comments.

  18. Brooke replied:

    I bought one of those accordion suitcases for my tear sheets. I label them according to room or purpose, e.g., Fabric, and keep the suitcase in a closet. Once a quarter I purge it.

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