Things have been a little quiet on the blog front because of all the life we’ve been living behind the scenes! Over the past 2 months, a lot has happened.
1. We sold our house!
We’d been talking for a while (practically since we moved in) how the house way way too big for our little family. The amount of time spent cleaning, doing yard work, and maintaining a house with half of the home unused just seemed like a waste of our time and money.
When someone told me they had a client looking for something that sounded remarkably like what our house was, I offered to let them see it and the family of 6 fell in love with it and made an offer immediately.
We actually signed the closing papers today, so as of tomorrow we are no longer residents of Snowdrift Way! (This means those of you who send me snail mail will need to update our address in your books!) This is really exciting for us, because we are no longer paying a mortgage on a home we don’t love. We now have the chance to find a house that is more suited for the Stews.
Which brings me to life update number 2…
2. We moved!
We’ve downsized considerably. We went from a 4 bedroom, 2000+ sq. ft. home, to an 880 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom condo.
It’s actually pretty amazing.
Turns out, having a smaller space means less stuff. Who knew?
We sold a lot of the things in our old house that we didn’t love – things that didn’t have sentimental value, ironclad purpose, or didn’t give us joy whenever we saw it. With the money we made selling our old things, we were able to buy a couch that we truly love and that makes me happy to see when we walk in the door.
The dogs also love the move. They spend more time with us (it’s pretty hard to escape your pup when there’s only 880 sq ft of space), and they get 6-7 walks a day. They even get to sleep in the bedroom with us at night (a new thing I haven’t decided if I really love yet), so they excitedly wake us up with licks and the occasional bark.
Having a smaller space and no yard to maintain has given us the opportunity to do more stuff: more hiking, more travel plans, more together time; versus the time spent complaining about dusting the downstairs and cleaning up the backyard. It has cut way down on the number of things to annoy us.
3. I quit my job!
With the smaller space comes less cost. We ran the numbers, and we don’t need the salary I was bringing in from the job I really didn’t like to live. I submitted my notice to my job to pursue something that really excites me and gives me a fun challenge every day: Real Estate.
I’ve had my real estate license since October, but didn’t have a lot of time to truly focus on it. Now I’ve been devoting full time to it and I love the freedom of schedule, the day-to-day function, and the challenge of helping clients solve their problems. It is so rewarding to say “I will find the best place for you!” and see client’s get excited when things work out for them.
Overall, it’s been a time of change and new things. Ultimately, Matt & I are both happy with these major life decisions. While it was a bit nerve-racking having all of this happen with a vacation in the middle of us, yes. But man, life is a ride. 🙂