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My Assault on Stuff & What I'm Doing Next

My recent war that I've been waging has been against stuff. For a while (and by that I mean since 7th grade), I've produced my own income and spent most of it on things from the internet. I've talked about this before so I won't bore you with the laundry lists of my posessions.

Then when I sold my house in North Austin, I was faced with the prospect of moving all that stuff. My most financially productive years were while I lived there, so I bought a ton of stuff. During that period of collection it never occurred to me that I would eventually move. My garage as well as one of the bedrooms in the house because warehouses for my things.

When I moved, I took a pretty extreme approach. I went through every item in the house and made a decision - either I needed it or not. If it was worth more than $50 or so I sold it. If it was worth less than that I put it in a bedroom. If it was worth less than $5-10 I donated it or threw it away. I posted my address on craigslist and let people go into the bedroom and take all that they wanted. Within a few hours the bulk of my stuff was taken away.

A year ago

On Portland: Small Town Girl in a Bigger City

It's so weird to think about what I was doing this time last year. It has been on my mind a lot lately.

This time last year I had met Jonathan. We'd spent a good three weeks together and were getting ready for Halloween. If I wasn't at Drita's or Mulligans spending time with Jonathan I was at my friend Angela's or meeting up with her somewhere.

I wanted so very badly to be a dragon for Halloween. I had found the costume and ordered it at Halloween Express. Angela and I were shopping at Gordmon's since she worked there. I was still wrapped up in the throws of trying so very hard to impress Jonathan and wearing way more makeup than I normally do and flashy/sexy outfits. We all went to dinner at the Bardenae (I have no idea how to spell it) and I learned how very much he likes steamed clams, and that they are always disappointing.

My life had taken a complete turn and suddenly I had a taste of a lifestyle I wanted for myself. I think it is because of this I was able to put up with and provided so much money for people that I should not have, so much longer than I should have.

Drita has two lovely daughters and I babysat them every here and there. I remember when Jonathan invited me to go to Boo at the Zoo with him and his daughter. I had never done anything like that before and I was admittedly, a little bit envious of him. My life at the time seemed to be going in this brand new direction.

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