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Welcome to The Shabby Suitcase - a blog documenting the creative outlets and general wanderings of a nomadic twenty-something. 


The latest adventure.


The Art of Exhaustion

Marissa Conway

the look: top by Holding Horses, skirt by Corey Lynn Calter, shoes by Guess, watch by Marc Jacobs, sunglasses from Target, thrifted bag

I'm a month out from gathering up my life in three not-big-enough suitcases and shuffling over to a new country.  I'm equal parts thrilled and overwhelmed, and no matter how much iced tea I knock back, I'm in a constant, zombielike state of exhaustion.  (So exhausted that I currently have very little energy to use for general annoyance at The Bachelorette's Men Tell All episode.  Ya.  That bad.)  For years now I've wanted nothing more than to find myself in a tiny apartment in London, in the midst of beautiful accents and stunning artwork and tea!  Endless amounts of lovely tea.  And now it's happening.  But the thrill of living the life I want is (only slightly) diminished by the deluge of paperwork, organizing, and fees that need addressing first.  It's an art, knowing how to look at the bumps along the way and the pieces of frustration and realize that they're simply moments that demonstrate how badly I want this, how much adventure awaits me.