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I'll Be Home For Christmas

Marissa Conway

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the look: scarf from Zara, tank from Forever 21, skirt from Topshop, shoes from Topshop, sunnies from Topshop


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Month four of my move to London, and in some ways it feels like the first chapter of my adventure here has come to a close.  I'm back in California for Christmas, head full of busy thoughts, so eager to be in the land of sunshine but a bit hesitant to be leaving London for even two weeks.  Moving somewhere entirely new takes heaps of energy, time and money - not to mention patience, which I have very little of.  So building a life from scratch has been no easy feat.  It's one that (despite and maybe because of the lows) has left me a bit dizzier for the thrill of life. 

It seems the majority of the people I know are in various states of transience, and I find myself in frequent discussion attempting to once and for all! understand how to define home wherever I am.  And each time I think I may be on to something concrete, it slips through my fingers.  Home is in glimpses, in the taste of a pistachio macaron, or the sound of my sister's voice, or the smell of my stinky cat.  They're silly things, but they're my favorite things.  And perhaps if I were to find myself in one place which gave me everything I wanted and needed - would I even stay?  Maybe this is the curse of wanderlust - each new city is a room in my global house, each new community a branch of my extended family.