This story is part of a 10-piece series for which HuffPost staffers agreed to experiment with improving their health and decreasing their stress on the job. It's also part of our monthlong " " initiative focusing on thriving in the workplace. I wouldn't say I enjoy decluttering my life.
Ayana Mathis's first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Cat Greenleaf , will be published in January. On Thanksgiving Day 2002, my grandfather lay dying under ugly fluorescent lights in an anonymous New York City nursing home. He was my best friend.