to grow old like this.


{postcard nest from etsy}
Yesterday I nested. Finally. If you've been following me a while, you know I've moved a lot. With only what would fit in my car. With truckloads of borrowed furniture. With truckloads of my own furniture. And, then, once I started living the transient life of a hobo at the end of the world: With only what I could carry with me on foot. I've moved boxes into storage. To my aunt's garage. To Good Will. I've stored things in not-so-reliable places during the Patagonian winter months, only to come back to find them subsequently moved (practically) outside, growing black blotches of mold.

{scrub by danske}
Step one in my moving process includes new rubber gloves, bleach + elbow grease. Step two, here in hoboville, paint + more paint. Step three-ten, is moving, unpacking, weeding out what I don't really need (if I wasn't able to do that while packing up the old abode), shopping + decorating. Or, here, just putting up what little we have to decorate with. This usually happens within a few days of pulling all-nighters. Not so with our current digs. We've been here since the end of July, and I only finished yesterday. 

{photo by alexis mire}
Yes, friends, it's true. I've finally cleaned out and decorated our bedroom. Hello, most sacred space in the house. So sorry for neglecting you for months! You can feel that there is extra room to breathe. It's not that things weren't put away, they were (mostly). But a few odds and ends on the floor patiently waited to go up. Now that everything has a home, I feel like our mirrors and photos--even my earrings--smile upon us beatifically while we sleep. Perhaps they're just as happy as we are. 

{robin's nest necklace on etsy}
After all of my vagabonding, I am ready to settle down, have a porch, plant a garden, actually design my interior. It's a huge commitment, but I think I'm finally ready for it. My daydreams have always involved movement + travel, accomplishing something out there. Now I dream of nesting, discovering the perfect place to root down (and whoever said this has to just be one place?). I dream of living life; running marathons; traveling to new places + visiting our old stomping grounds, family, loves; all the while always having our home to return to. 

Have you found your nest? Are you afflicted by wanderlust?

29 comments:

Anna Walker said...

I am so glad you nested! It's exciting and calming isn't it?
:)

E. Charlotte said...

Hurray for nesting! I nest where ever I end up. Even if I don't plan on being there for too long. Ya just never know--if you'll be there for 6 months, or 6 years. So I try to make it personal from the get go. :) Feels so good!

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

yayyyyyyy ur all settled! - i have my nest but i'm not settled in it tho :o( .. i always have GRAND ideas that keep me from being TOTAL settled ..

Collette Osuna said...

wow...what a truly beautiful post:)

Glad you are settled and happy!

Have a Fashionable Day:)
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Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Good job! Glad you got everything done in you sacred space!
We moved 7 times in the first 8 years of marriage- now we are settled and I love my home!

Valerie said...

Sounds like you had a productive weekend! Glad you're getting settled!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

i've always felt conflicted between these two desires: i love my home, but sometimes you just want to GO.

we're in our first home (nest? :P) and hope to not leave anytime soon. but who knows, really?

ps - your patagonian fashion sounds like my hubbers dream come true. i think he'd only wear his hikey pants and north face fleece, if he thought he could get away with it everyday.

Oh, My Darling said...

Aw, such a lovely post to read!

this free bird said...

Heather I can't even begin to tell you how I relate to this. For years I've moved from place to place to place. Only on Day Island did I actually settle in for more than a few years...and then had to be pried off the side of the house when I had to move south for work.

I lived out of boxes the first 4 or more years here in SoCal. Finally a decorator friend came over and forced me to unpack boxes and settle in. I feel at home - at least a little - but somehow always looking to the next place.

Not sure what that is...wanderlust? Perhaps.

It is so great to hear the peace in your voice when you describe your life and getting settled. The tone of your writing is just so serene. :)

xoxo,
Carrie

Sam Harvey said...

i am ready to go vagabond around now. you can take my place. i do agree though that routine is important to growth. especially when you are a mom. great photos. did you buy that birdie necklace?

ceo said...

We have created a nest but always suffering from wanderlust......

You have a lovely blog :)
xxx
CEO

Claire Kiefer said...

Don't let this whole "nesting" thing interfere with moving back to California--you promised!!! :)

sherri said...

I haven't found my nest - or final one at least - but congrats on you finding yours. love that first photo - very cool.

yours truly dear said...

aww, yay! way to take the plunge :] we havent officially nested yet because i want a house first. who knows when that will happen... haha! anyways, congrats!

Gracie said...

I think I have found my nest for the moment. Although I do a have bad case of wanderlust.

I'm in that in between stage where I want to travel but also want to set up home. So I'm trying to do both :)

And thanks for the child birth book recommendation. I will have to check it out :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I can totally identify (3 countries in 1 year!) Now we're a bit settled but I still haven't bought a dining table in 4 months!

Congrats on being settled!

Stacey said...

I'm very happy for you and i know the nesting feeling very well. Being a former nomad myself(this is the longest that we've lived in one place). Also, could your nesting be due to the little one too?;-). You know you go through a nesting phase when you must have everything clean and in their place:-)...i'm just sayin'...xxx

aizkim said...

your sweet comment made me smile. I love your blog super so much so that am following you now. I was so amazed to see the bird's nest neckalace as i made a very similar one! I'd try to post it in my blog next time. Have a great day!

Lady Grey said...

I love all these nest pictures.
I'm still looking for mine : )

its simple love said...

Right now I am afflicted by wanderlust. Went to Peru half the year, came home to no money, no house, no job... ha ha. Now the hubs and I are living with the in-laws and saving for a down payment for a home! I am going nuts! I want to nest. I want my own place. Done with the wanderlusting and living out of a suitcase. Glad you got your bedroom decorated!

Rachael

p.s. Come join in my Lil Petite Jewelry Giveaway when you get the chance :)

Mariska Meijers said...

Life evolves, there are phases, I was ready to settle down in my mid 30s, got married, 2 kids and then 10 years later al the wanderlust started al over again :)

Poppies and Sunshine said...

So happy for you! This is an exciting new chapter in your life! How nice!

Becca said...

Ahh this is so peaceful, Heather. How happy!

Scientific Housewife said...

Great post!

Leah said...

Oh that is best feeling! Great post doll!!!

Luvs!

Faiza said...

I think I read a hidden exhale at the end of that. Perfect!

Škorčica said...

So great you're settled!

But nothing wrong with being a vagabond from time to time. :)

I hope I'll be re-nesting soon :)

Krystal said...

this all sounds so lovely it hurts.

The Zhush said...

Doesn't it feel so right? I am such a "nester"!

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