With a storage unit full of furniture, we loaded up our family’s minivan with the rest of my belongings, temporarily abandoned my car, and drove across the country to my childhood home–and my home for the next four months before The World Race.
That’s when it began: the daily pacing to the mailbox anxiously awaiting my library’s newest arrival: Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt.
Between unloading and sorting, I took a reading break to hear about Allison and Sharaya’s 50-state road-trip.
While I was supported to be unpacking my belongings, I found myself unpacking the baggage of my heart.
When she mentioned they emptied the car and sorted everything keep–send home–toss, I did the same with my wardrobe–keep, donate, toss. I’m ashamed to admit the hundreds of once-beloved t-shirts still living in my room have been pruned down to 15 I’m keeping to wear. (Yes, Love Runs made the cut). The rest are in a waist-high moving box headed for the local second-hand store. (Well, minus those I’m saving for a t-shirt quilt).
Allison has a beautiful way of telling her story in a way where readers both lose and find themselves.
At times I forgot I was reading a book. I thought I was living her experiences.
At other times, I was pretty sure she was taking the words right out of my heart and putting them on the page.
“That’s the thing with ideas. They start small, somewhere inside of you, and nothing will happen with them until you finally speak them out loud.” (24)
By the time I reached the end of the book, I had to put it down one chapter unfinished.
When I stared it, it was well past my bedtime and Allison was motivating me to do projects I’d been neglecting for far too long.
Don’t worry, I ultimately read the chapter and am making progress on the projects.
But there’s still more unpacking to do. And my around-the-world journey is still looming on the horizon.
What’s your “packing light” story? It can be literal or metaphorical.
Best story left in the comments by Thursday (9/12) wins a free copy of Packing Light. (Thanks, Ally!)
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