A lot has happened since I started this blog, and even since my last post. I have sold a home, moved, caught COVID, got divorced, got engaged, bought a home, and got married. It is crazy how life works out. For me, it has definitely been for the better.
At the start of the pandemic, I began working from home and my son began virtual school. This was a very eye-opening experience. Lots of things have been put into perspective for me. I feel brand new.
Sheltering in place and working from home were wonderful for the introvert in me. I was extraordinarily productive with my office work and work at home. I learned to better manage my time and set work/personal life boundaries. As I was limited to a certain amount of social interaction, I had plenty of time to self-reflect. I that I had too much stuff. I had more than what I needed. I realized how much of my money was going toward ordering in or eating out. When I was working away from home, I was often tired when I got off from work. I was also spending a lot on gas traveling to and from work and to and from my son’s school. I started investing the money I was saving.
I have embraced minimalism (relative to my former lifestyle) and literally got rid of 75% of my stuff. When I joined my husband in our new home, we both decided to start fresh. I gave all of my furniture to my brother and my husband either sold or donated his furniture. Then we shopped for all new items to furnish our home. Fortunately we have similar tastes, and shopping was easy. We both wanted our home to feel bright and uncluttered. Both of us have the tendency to collect things, and we have to continuously hold each other accountable to our decision to remain clutter free.
I have also become a plant mom! Plants are my new obsession. My home is filled with light and vegetation. Taking care of and being surrounded by them is so calming. I was horrible with plants before. Cacti and other so-called un-killable plants have perished in my care. Now my thumb is viridescent! I can rehabilitate the struggling ones. I can propagate, separate, and repot. I am so proud of myself. I sincerely believe that they are thriving on all of the positive energy we have infused in our home. My husband, son, and I are so happy.
My husband is also a skilled woodworker so I am really living my HGTV dream. If I can dream it, he can build it. When we were dating, we always talked about working on various projects together. Now we are doing it. I am looking forward to sharing our work.
I often reference my season of unfortunate events. I am now in a totally new and exciting season. I can really appreciate what I have because of all of the lessons I learned in the past.