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We did it again!
Because, you know, it's been a while...
Two days ago we put an offer in on this sweet cottage which is located next to a small airport runway. It got accepted and we are officially under contract!
If this surprises you, trust me - it surprised us, too! We did not wake up on Friday morning with the expectation of buying a house! So what happened?
When we first landed in our little town by the Pacific Ocean in 2015 we bought a bright and spacious condo that we loved. But in the backs of our minds we always dreamed of a house as well, especially a hangar home on an airfield. In 2018 we almost purchased one but pulled out in the last minute because the house just didn’t feel right. Instead we decided to build a spec house in one of the new neighborhoods that are popping up all over the place in our town. The idea of a brand new house was appealing but if you’ve been with me long enough you know what happened next: we built the house for eight months, lived in it for nine and then realized that neither of us loved the house, it just didn’t feel like home. So we decided to sell it again and through a series of serendipitous events we were able to buy back our condo, all without any financial loss.
We are not wealthy people, nor are we property investors or speculators. We are just two people who’ve been smart with their money and who enjoy exploring different places and who are not afraid of taking risks and unconventional steps to create the life we want. As a result we’ve moved around a lot over the last couple of decades, sometimes that was driven by my husband’s job, other times it was a reflection on our desire to find a place and home that works for both of us (my husband is an American ‘country boy’ while I am a European ‘city girl.’) We’ve come close a couple of times, like with our current condo. Yet we still had some dreams: my husband wanted to be close to a runway for our plane while I dreamt of a cute cottage with a big yard for growing veggies and flowers.
We were not actively househunting but when – through another set of curious events – we ended up looking at this cottage last Friday, we fell in love! And something strange happened. As we drove up to the house I had a sense of recognition and suddenly I felt very emotional. We walked around the side of it which opened up to a huge backyard:
Suddenly an image flashed across my mind: of me - looking trim, healthy and a little weathered by the sun and life - holding up a vegetable that I had just pulled out of the ground, and a big smile on my face. It’s a little hard for me to put into words what this ‘vision’ means to me. You see, I’ve never really had an image of myself in older age and I think that’s partly why I’ve been struggling so much with this weight loss journey and my identity, I just couldn’t see myself as that slimmer, healthier woman in midlife and beyond. Sure, I got glimpses of her here and there, but they were always fleeting. Until I stood in this yard on a gorgeous sunny day and there she was.
This ‘vision’ is interesting because I’ve never had a big yard, nor am I a gardener. I barely keep my balcony plants alive! Yet here I was, seeing myself so clearly. It was very powerful and even now, just thinking about it, I have tears in my eyes.
While this house does not have a hangar my husband will eventually be able to get one of the freestanding hangars on this little airport, and then he can just walk across the runway to get to it. Until then we still have our hangar at Bellingham airport which is a 25-minute drive away. He is thrilled about moving to this airport community where he already knows a lot of the pilots who live there, and I am equally happy to become part of such a nice and peaceful neighborhood.
As you can imagine, we have a LOT to do over the next few weeks: list, sell and pack up our condo! The last few times we had hired a company to pack and move our belonging but this time I decided to do my own packing because I want to do a good amount of decluttering and also save some money because we’ll need it for all the future house projects. The house will eventually need a new kitchen and bathrooms, which are old and outdated, but to begin with we’ll just replace the downstaits flooring and then go through each room bit by bit and repaint etc. The current owner just put a new carpet in on the second floor where the bedrooms are, thankfully it’s a nice one so we won’t need to replace that.
There is a lot going on in my business this summer because Squarespace are introducing a new editor which will impact one of my courses. I was planning on updating it in August but I won’t be able to do that now as we’ll most likely move that month. So I have to postpone those updates which is not ideal. But I am looking forward to making them in the fall from my new office at the house :-)
Oh, and tomorrow my brother and two nephews (16 and 19) arrive from Germany! They are here for three weeks and I am so looking forward to seeing them. They are not at all surprised that we are moving, in fact, the last time they were here in 2018 we were building the house! We’ll have viewings while they visit but they are pretty chilled out and the teenagers will just have to be a bit more tidy ;-)
As for my weight loss journey I know that I won’t be able to focus on my program for the next couple of months, not just because of the move but also because I’ve not been focused on it consistently for the last few months, either. It’s been a struggle and I don’t mind admitting that. I’ve been thinking about what would help me get through the next few weeks as far as my eating is concerned and I decided to keep it really simple and focus on these three things:
Listen to my hunger/fullness signals as best as possible.
Eat mostly fresh, healthy foods that I love, which is easy in the summer.
Stay hydrated which in my case means at least 96oz of water every day.
Keep fingers crossed that we’ll find a buyer quickly and that the house inspection and everything else goes smoothly, too!
Have a lovely week,
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