It takes time to decorate a 4 bedroom house, especially when you’re moving from a 2 bedroom apartment. After 7 months, we finished the major decorating and painting projects. Our house is now reflective of our personality and lifestyle, and just in time for another move. Here’s a tour:
Maybe we could have finished more quickly if we just went to a store and bought everything, but we wanted to make several furniture and art pieces. It took longer, but the end result is more rewarding.
Surprisingly enough, we’ve decided to put it on the market. Are we completely insane? Didn’t I just say that we only moved in 7 months ago? Didn’t I just say how happy we are with the end product?
When Darren and I decided to leave our home in Canada and move to the US three years ago, we never faltered. We were living our dream life. We moved to southern California and put our bucket list lifestyle into action. But pregnancy and envisioning a family life changed my idea of the perfect location. Rather than seeing the consistently ideal weather and the dreamy beaches in Orange County, I started to see the high cost of living and the absence of strong family bonds. A television commercial with big, community homes and friendly neighbors was all that it took. We packed up our life and were off, again, to North Carolina for the southern charm and family environment.
We built a house where I could envision Athena walking down the stairs in her prom gown or opening Christmas presents near the fireplace with stockings hung on the mantle. We found the family community setting that pulled at my heart strings.
When we go outside to check the mail or go for a walk, neighbors say, “Good day” and chat as if we’d been friends for years. We have regular dinners together and roast marshmallows by the fire. I am humbled by the goodness of our new family. The children are polite and, although a little older, take care of Athena like they are her brothers and sisters. It’s more than I ever thought possible and I have an amazing imagination.
But I want it all. Is it too idealistic to believe that having it all is possible? My daily life in Orange County included relaxing on the beach in vacation mode. I always said that I wanted my everyday life to be better than vacation and it was in California. My daily life in North Carolina is more home and friends focused with the opportunity to be surrounded by the most amazing people every time I step outside my front door. I’m torn between the community we can have in North Carolina and the outdoor life we can had in California.
I believe that our life can be full of great happiness as long as we don’t settle. It wasn’t a mistake moving to North Carolina and I’ve accomplished more in the last year year than I could have accomplished anywhere else, but I’m 100% fulfilled here. Should I be “trapped” in a house because it’s new? Should I stay longer because I just moved in? Should I settle because I made the decision to move here? The answer is NO! Our life is a constant journey and I’m in search of what brings the most happiness and laughter to my entire family. I’ll make mistakes along the way but that’s the best part of the adventure.
We think that moving back to southern California is the best choice for us so… we’re going to do it. There are no mistakes; only new adventures.