Change is often lauded as a universal challenge, but sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world. Buying new clothes, moving to a different neighborhood, losing touch with old friends—we crave renewal as much as we crave stability. Starting over can be a kind of release: through it we can brush off the parts of ourselves we’ve grown sick of and replace them with things unmarred by repeated exposure. This makes transformation, both our fear of it and yearning for it, quietly tricky. Parsing our productive instincts (to grow, to learn, to seek adventure) from our destructive ones (to deny, to distract, to run away) requires understanding our natures beyond the ways we’ve always described ourselves, or assumed we are. It means courting our most inconvenient truths.
Change, then, can be as necessary as it can be escapist—it’s up to us not to delude ourselves accordingly. But there will be times in all our lives when gut renovation is the only emotionally honest path forward, and that’s when things get interesting. Renovation, our theme for this month, requires awareness and humility first, a willingness to dismantle—old houses, old stories, old beliefs—and the gumption to rebuild from scratch. Maybe that’s why change on the scale of transformation is such an appealing form of renewal: Whether in the realm of homes, bodies, closets, relationships, or emotional interiors, renovation is hard-earned.
This month, we plan to delve into the sloppiness and consequent gratification of big changes. Some topics we plan to tackle: Makeovers that changed us—and makeovers we want, realized. Small hacks for big changes. RENOVATION SHOWS (obviously). Some questions we plan to answer: They say you should renovate from the inside-out, but can you renovate from the outside-in? Can one change in 30 days? How about in a single moment? How do we evolve without losing ourselves?
If you have any musings on this topic, the floor is yours. We’re prepared—eager even!—to let your ideas renovate our story plans for the month, too.