We’ve had a lot of these LIFEy posts lately, but that’s kinda just how I’ve been feeling. You know how you get in those moods where you just want to clear everything out, tidy up and start fresh? New-vibe Hyacinth Girl is a big example of this, but alongside that change in my life I’ve been making some others. Not a spring clean, per se, because it’s still well and truly cold as fuck. A winter clean? Yuletide clean? We did just have a midwinter Christmas family dinner the other weekend, complete with flaming Christmas pudding.
One big change that’s easy to underestimate, but has made a huge difference in feeling settled, was rearranging my living spaces. A couple of months ago I drunkenly bid on (and won) a dining table on Trademe. For $27! After doing without a dining table for almost six months, this was a big thing. It’s a nice square table and it just perfectly squeezed into my Mum’s car and everything turned out great, so I think the Dark Lord of Tables was smiling upon me. I ambitiously thought I might sand it back and paint it white, but that hasn’t happened yet.
Not my table; a different, more beautiful table, that might be in my future. I’m writing this from a cafe, where my table is not, so this picture of a different table will have to do.
About the same time as the table, came the tumble dryer. We’ve actually owned a dryer for some years, but when we moved into our current place there wasn’t anywhere for it to go, so my parents kindly offered to store it for us and I ambitiously decided I could manage with the washing line, and a clothes horse when it was really raining. GREAT JOKE MORGAN HAHAHA then it rained for months and my washing piled up and the more washing there was, the harder it was to bring myself to tackle it. The harder it was to tackle the washing, the harder it became to tackle anything. This is partly the washing’s fault and partly depression’s fault, but you know, regardless, it needed fixing and the tumble dryer was the answer. It now lives in my sunroom and vents out the front window and ANYTHING is better than feeling despair over damp towels.
Possibly the most exciting manifestation of my Fresh Start is the device I’m writing this on – my brand new Macbook Air. This one’s paid for by Future Morgan, who is already feeling the pinch of $180 less a payday (if I want to pay this off before my interest-free term runs out). Honestly, though, the lightness of this thing is worth it. Plus, my old Macbook was on the verge of death and I was not prepared to deal with losing everything at a probably really inopportune time.
Other things which always aid in a Fresh Start are revamping your (one’s?) skincare and makeup vibes. I already got rid of a bunch of makeup which was just taking up space, and I’ve changed up my skincare routine slightly, in the neverending effort to make my skin sort its shit out. I thought it might be nice to do a skincare routine post, as I haven’t really done that before, so that will probably be up relatively soon. Next time I see my doctor I’m going to see if she can switch me back from the mini pill to the combined pill, as the oestrogen tends to help acne. Does anyone have any experience with this, by the way, going from one to the other or vice versa, and it affecting your skin?
How do you like to change your life for a fresh start?