Not a Deer in the Headlights

“When you first go in there, before you move even one thing of yours in, burn some sage. Make sure you open the cabinets and everything.”

That was my mentor’s advice on the new place I’m renting. Because I think I’ve finally identified a set of walls to hang my art on so I can invite people to see it. It’s not in the Heights, and it’s not a house. It’s a townhouse, walking distance from Saks Fifth Avenue, the newly opened Nobu, my favorite Starbucks, and Whole Foods. Things don’t always end up being exactly what we envisioned, but it’s important to prioritize and find something that will work for what we need. This house has easy access from a beautiful street with good parking, it has generous walls to hang art on, a cozy bedroom for Holly and me overlooking a crepe myrtle, and a very large second bedroom that can function as studio and office. I think this will work very nicely for what I need, and the landlord loves me and is excited about my business.

I am no longer like a deer in the headlights, paralyzed with fear about my next move and all the changes I am making in my life. I think now that I’ve finally found something suitable I will be more at peace and able to work better.


  1. Location, location, location! This one sounds splendid! Good for you, Elena. And a crape myrtle, too! Who could ask for more? Well, that’s another story… And a resounding ‘yes’ on the sage burning.

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