As my husband and I embark on our 5th move together (yes, we’ve moved every year we’ve been together and yes, we know we’re crazy), I’ve been reflecting on my somewhat nomadic lifestyle. All in, I’ve moved more than 23 times over 5 states in my life (not counting the summers in college where I jumped around to various friend’s houses). Of course, there’s also the summer where I spent 2 months traveling the country with my family (which I know I’ve mentioned before). While moving can sometimes be a pain (scratch that..a HUGE pain), I realize that I wouldn’t be who I am without all of this traveling around.
For starters, I’ve become a wandering soul, or as my husband likes to always say, a gypsy. My thirst for travel is so deep that I know it will not be quenched until I have seen every single place in the world. Literally, every.single.place. Some even more than once (like Paris, le duh). It wasn’t until recently that I also noticed how much my travels and moving have effected the way I dress, the music I listen to, how I cook and the way in which I decorate our home.
My style has always been a bit schizophrenic, one day being bright and colorful (like tropical locations), some days being nautical (like my Northeastern roots), and other days being very city chic (thanks to where I currently living). After living in NY for a few years now, and traveling to Paris and Greece, I now find myself gravitating more and more towards clean lines and neutrals when it comes to clothing choices. My choices in music can also be a bit all over the place, but my college days in the Midwest brought on a love affair for country music that is still going strong, and when I cook, you can pretty much guarantee that I will probably have on some Parisian cafe music or Italian tunes. My cooking style is fresh and healthy and very much farm-to-table, but at it’s core are many family dishes rooted in Northern Italy, the place where my family originates from. As for home decor, I like things to be clean (Greek style) and modern (city style), a bit on the rustic side (those college days in the countryside of Kansas coming into play again), with a splash of color (reminiscent of New Mexico, one of my favorite places on my trip around the US). Of course, I like to throw in little things from our travels that serve as reminders of the places we’ve been, the places we want to see, and if nothing else, make for great story starters.
As I embark on this next move, I am thankful- thankful that it’s just a short move down 4 flights of stairs most importantly, but also thankful for this gypset life that has shaped me into me.
I’d love to know- have you moved around a lot? Do your travels/moving effect who you are? And last but not least, who wants to help me move all our stuff down 4 flights of stairs? I’ll pay you in tequila and hugs!