1. How many times have you moved? When was the last time? 9 times, not counting to and from college each year. The last time was in November 2004 when we moved from our freaking sweet St. Louis apartment into the parsonage of my current church.
2. What do you love and hate about moving? I love nothing about moving. I have more stuff than I think I do, I don't have enough boxes, I put too much into one box and can't lift it or I waste space in another box, the house begins to feel like an empty shell as things are carted out and if I still have to live there in that state for a while longer, there's a certain melancholy that hangs over everything. In conclusion, moving has been, is, and always will be a pain in the ass. If I could name anything about the moving experience that I do love, it'd probably be the excitement of moving into a new place. Unless that place sucks. And a few places I've moved to have sucked.
3. Do you do it yourself or hire movers? I've only had movers once, and that was because my church paid for them to bring me here. It was fantastic. A couple people came in the day before and boxed everything up, and then it was loaded on the truck. It was easily the least stressful move I've ever been a part of.
4. Advice for surviving and thriving during a move? Hire movers. If you don't or can't, then start packing early, do it a little bit at a time, and don't sweat it too much. And if you have to remain in your old place for a time even after most of your stuff is in your new place, try to get out as much as possible so that empty shell feeling doesn't drag you down too much.
5. Are you in the middle of any inner moves, if not outer ones? I'm a father. So everything associated with that is my inner move at the moment. More on that another day. And because of that big inner move, I don't dare attempt many outer moves at the moment.
Bonus: Share a piece of music/poetry/film/book that expresses something about what moving means to you. The only thing that comes to mind at the moment is the movie Cheaper By the Dozen. It sounds a little corny at first, but I think the combination of the parents attempting to follow their big dreams while their kids try to make the adjustment to a stark new beginning is speaking to me right now.