It’s hard to believe that it’s been one year since we received the keys to our home! At times, it seems like it was forever ago. Other times, it feels like we just moved in last month. Probably because we still have unpacked boxes and projects that we thought we’d have finished by now! 😛 Please tell me I’m not the only one guilty of that! I still struggle with this every so often because I just want everything to be “done.” Like it’s expected that someone living in their house for a year should have it all finished. But expected by whom? I try not to be too hard on myself and have let go of any timelines. This is real life. Real things happen. Can I park in my garage? No. But I hope to someday. 😉
I think it helps to reflect and focus on how far we’ve come and how much we’ve done, opposed to what we still have left to do. It was just last year when we were wrapping up things we’d put into action in our goal to become homeowners. Challenging things like paying off all of our credit card debt and saving money at the same time. Some of those credit cards we’d had since we were teenagers or in our early twenties! What a relief it was to get rid of those.
Last year, we were just dreaming. We were in our 3rd rental home in 4 and a half years. (The owners of our first rental decided they wanted to sell, the owners of our second rental decided they wanted to sell, and then we decided to buy when we were in our 3rd rental. Go figure!) I absolutely adore those Downtown Vancouver homes, but there are some quirks that I wish we could change. For instance, they all had small kitchens and the main bathroom was shared (aka, no master bathroom). So sure enough, we wanted a big kitchen and our own bathroom. And we got that! We had big renovations like the kitchen (and we’re still in the midst of other projects), but we put so much love, thought, and work into our kitchen. I smile every time I walk into that space. It’s a dream come true. So in the end, we remember to count our blessings. For there are many. <3