In November 2016 I wrote a guest post sharing my family’s story on the Cohesive Home blog. If you’ve never written out your story, I highly recommend it. It’s extremely helpful in reflecting on past experiences and in some cases, seeing the silver lining to past struggles.
In my post on Cohesive Home I had mentioned we were working towards owning a home but it was a goal that felt impossible to reach. Two months after the post was published we had a terrible explosion of mold in our apartment after a week of rain. It was not fun, especially since this was the second time in 4 years water damage had caused mold to grow in our unit.
We immediately packed a bag and moved into an Airbnb. Then the next day, Jeff left for a trip to Guatemala. While he was gone I moved us from our first Airbnb rental to our friend’s lovely guest suite and started packing up our entire apartment at the same time. It was a trying week and a half of teething, broken sleep, packing up our old apartment and looking for a new place.
During this time our close friends were moving out of their house and it was empty for a month and a half before their new renters moved in. It was divine timing that we had a place to go for a few more weeks! We moved all of our belongings in and will forever be grateful for their hospitality while we continued to search for a new, more permanent place.
I found there is enormous power in praying for and speaking your goals out loud. I realize I don’t do that often enough. While we were house hunting there came a point during our loan approval process that we were warned we’d likely be turned down because of my recent departure from work to stay home to raise our son. I was nursing my son in a Target parking lot when I felt an overwhelming, unprecedented calm & reassurance that we would. I’ll never forget that feeling of God speaking so clearly to me. It wasn’t easy from that moment on but we moved into our new home on March 17th, 2017.
Reaching a new goal doesn’t mean the obstacles are over. We’ve brought back “no spend month” indefinitely to help us adjust to added expenses while on a single income. Living as creatively, consciously, simply and intentionally as we can seems to be part of our calling.
So, while I enjoy being able to connect and share encouragement online with others who are living simply, I would love to have an actual community to meet up with in person. Soon the Cohesive Homies San Diego group will be launching and if you’re in the area, I would love it if you joined me! Nothing beats a great conversation and finding community with those pursuing similar goals. If you’d like to sign up, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m hoping to meet you soon!