Making something new out of the discarded or neglected is what gives me the most creative energy. Gutting and remodeling this outdated studio apartment in 2011 was one of my favorite projects of my lifetime. I learned a lot. I really like being dirty and tired from physical work. I slept remarkably well. I knew my mission. There were deadlines.
The downside of all-consuming projects for me is that they become an escape and I neglect other responsibilities in my life. I’m learning something about that now too. When is a project a craving? What am I escaping when I’m willing to get so singularly focused? Who in my life is this affecting? How?
I’m not entirely sure what’s next. I’m learning to be OK with the unknown.
CATS: Does your cat sleep with the person in the family that is under the most stress or sick? Our cat Karen does this all the time. They are such remarkable pets. Here’s an explanation that made sense to me about their behavior.
“Here’s an unknown tip inside the secret life of cats. All cats are empowered to remove accumulated negative energy from your body on a daily basis. While you are sleeping, they absorb it from your body.
If there is more than one person in the family, and only one cat, it may accumulate an overload of negativity from absorbing energy from so many people. When they sleep, a cat’s body releases the negativity that it removed from you.
If you are extremely stressed out, they may not have had enough time to release this negative energy, therefore it is stored as fat until they can. Therefore, they will become overweight — and you thought it was the food that you were feeding them!”
This post from HOUZZ embodies everything I admire about renovating industrial spaces. If the owners happen to see this I would come sit at that table for 14 anytime and bring something fabulous to share. I think we’d be fast friends. Amazing work and ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. Wouldn’t Eleanor be surprised now? She would stay a while.