Monthly Archives: July 2018

“Home is where your stuff is”

I was featured in Psychology Today Magazine this month, in an article called “Place Value” about people who choose to forego material objects for the freedom of living spontaneously.

Arikia Millikan _ Oliver Mark

Photo by Oliver Mark for Psychology Today Magazine.

Home Base: “I never really formed a concept of home,” says Arikia Millikan, a writer and information architect who travels about three months a year and considers her one-bedroom rental in Berlin to be just one of her “bases.” As a child, Millikan moved often and says, “My mother would tell me, ‘Home is where your stuff is.’ I have internalized that.”

I was asked to pose for a photoshoot with Oliver Mark, a Berlin-based photographer who has a way of capturing subjects in their most regal state. This was a particular feat that day considering that I had just landed from an 21-hour flight from LAX through Copenhagen and finally back to Berlin, and was experiencing proper jet lag. When the intercom buzzed, I was trying to clean up my apartment, which looked like a tornado hit it from my last-minute packing frenzy (I always pack at the last possible moment). I was wearing no makeup, I hadn’t done the dishes, and Oliver came in and said, “You look great, I can work with this,” and just started moving furniture around and pulling clothes out of my closet.

It was the most fun I’ve ever had in a photoshoot, and I am honored to be immortalized by Psychology Today as a notable “minimalist traveler” of our time.

An extra bit from the interview that wasn’t included in the final version:

I sometimes joke that my brain is like the bus from Speed — if it slows below 55mph it will explode. I feel the most emotionally content and intellectually stimulated when I am in motion. I could never accept the level of monotony most people cherish. Every new place filled with new people is a series of puzzles just waiting to be solved. Perhaps Berlin feels like home to me precisely because it’s always buzzing with novelty. There are a few parts that anchor me, but it feels like a different city every day.

Read the full article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201807/place-value

Special thanks to: Kaja Perina (EIC, Psychology Today), Hannah Kenyon-Lair (hair), and Amira Marion (wardrobe).

 

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