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First Home Buying Journey

I’m 31 and I’m buying a house for the first time.

I’m at a point in my life where I can “afford” a house.

This is exciting news for me since I’ve rarely lived “alone.”

The last time I lived “alone” was only for 10 months. In the past I’ve lived with siblings, roommate, and boyfriends.

I’m ready for a place of my own. I guess I’m ready to “settle down.”

And because I can’t do anything easy, the house I’m getting is a real fixer upper and I love it.

I will be using a 203k limited/streamline loan. I’ve done hours of research and I still feel a little lost. So I will be documenting my experience with the loan and the whole rehab process. I’m hoping I will be able to do some of the rehabbing myself – like tiling, painting, putting together Ikea cabinets (which is probably what I will end up using). I am super excited because there’s a clawfoot tub that I’m dying to refinish if it’s in good condition.

So feel free to comment/send me messages regarding it and I will answer them as I can.

Bright and Early

I can’t seem to wake up early enough. I have my alarm set, my light to turn on as well but I just can’t get the motivation to get my ass out of bed. I know what I am doing wrong. I don’t sleep early enough. I use my phone as my alarm. I don’t put my phone far away enough. But I’m afraid that even if I did those things, I would just get up, get the phone and turn it off and go back to bed. I don’t have much faith for myself.

But I am working on it. One step at a time. I’ve been listening to the 5am Miracle podcast. And it’s helped with my motivation. I just need to stop thinking about doing it and just do it.

Here’s my morning plan:

5:00 – Get up, drink water, stretch, meditate

5:10 – Use the bathroom (brush teeth, wash face, etc)

5:15 – Get dressed for workout

5:20 – Take Murdoc out to pee

5:30 – Feed Murdoc

5:35 – Go for a walk/run

6:05 – Make myself breakfast

6:30 – Shower and get ready for work

7:00 – Read

7:30 – Plan my day and journal

7:45 – Prepare my lunch (if it’s not done the night before)

7:55 – Do the dishes (if any)

8:05 – Leave for work

Dream Big

Happy New Year!

I’m going to start the year with this poem again. I’ve mentioned it in the past on blogs and websites but I always come back to this because I love the meaning of it. Now I just need to truly believe in it.

If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily —
but for something that tugs at your heart
something that’s your dream.
You owe it to yourself
to make your days here count.
Have fun.
Dig deep.
Stretch.
Dream big.
Know, though, that things worth doing
seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be days when you want to turn around,
pack it up,
and call it quits.
Those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Persist.
Because with an idea,
determination,
and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts,
your intellect,
and your heart
guide you.
Trust.
Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of wroking hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.
The start of something new
brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only you.
And you will only pass this way once.
Do it right.

By: Anonymous

The Beginning

This is going to be the beginning of a new chapter. A lot has happened in 2015 and 2016 is going to be even better. This is going to be my online journal. Mostly for me, but also for you. My mind wanders a lot and so I think creating this journal will allow me to get it out of my head. That’s one of the steps to Getting Things Done by David Allen. Sort of where all of this thinking has started. It technically started with reading about minimalism.

New Apartment

Got my keys to my apartment! Thank you so much S for letting me stay in VP as I looked for an apartment. I believe I’ve found the one. It has a garage, pet friendly and it’s cute, it looks like a castle!

Now I need to make sure I don’t overfill it with crap. It’s hard. But I can’t wait to decorate it and make it my second home, the first being KC.