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Monday, July 24, 2017

What Moving House Has Taught Me About Myself

If you didn't know that Jesse and I were building a house and moving in to it at the start of July then hi, welcome. You must be new around here because its been pretty much all I've talked about for the past 5 months.

We've been on our own for almost a month now and I think that we're finally kind of getting the hang of this whole adulating thing. Doing things for myself was definitely a shock at first but we're both still alive today, so we must be doing something right, right?

Having never moved house (or anything, for that matter) in all of my 23 years of life, I didn't really know what to expect from this whole process, but boy have I learnt a lot about myself, about Jesse and about life in general.


I'm more patient than I thought I was
There have been trying times throughout this process, of course, but I'm actually very proud of how I've handled them. I always thought of myself as someone with a very low level of patience in general, but I should have given myself a bit more credit - I have far more patience than I thought.

It's possible to live with less
GUYS! They're not kidding when they say that the cost of living is ridiculous. I've always been one to squirrel away some of my paycheck to savings and then spend the rest on food or make-up but now that my salary goes in to looking after the two of us, the "selfish" spending has been cut down dramatically and I'm actually okay with it. At the end of the day, we can buy the cheaper branded food and still be fed, we can sacrifice a little selfish spending and buy the nicer appliances, and we can live with less and still be happy.

I enjoy living like a tourist
Okay, maybe living like a tourist is a bit much, but I really do enjoy acting like a tourist and spending the day exploring my surroundings. It’s amazing how much people take for granted in their own hometowns. Although we moved a literal 5 minute drive away from the house I grew up in, I made it my mission to find all of the unique/special places, pretty parks, good cafes/restaurants in the area.

My O.C.D. is actually much worse than I thought it was
I was diagnosed with anxiety and mild O.C.D. a long time ago, and I thought that I was managing it pretty well.. and I was, until I moved in to a house that is constantly dirty and cluttered, that is. I simply cannot handle mess or things out-of-place, and living in a house that currently sits atop a pile of sand means that I'm constantly sweeping and mopping. We're also still unpacking so there's boxes, knick-knacks and general junk scattered throughout the place. As I result, I'm stressed, I'm not sleeping, I'm irritable and I'm uncomfortable. I'm dying inside, guys.

Jesse and I work well as a team
My workmates actually made a bet based on how long it will take for Jesse and I to have an argument and THEY ALL LOST (smartasses) because throughout the whole moving and living together process, we haven't had any major/noteworthy/life threatening arguments. Of course we've had the odd small disagreement here and there, but we can read each other like a book. We both know when we need to come together and we both know when to give the other space. We've accomplished a lot as a team already and I'm quite proud of it.

I should have appreciated my mother more
Even after such a short time spent fending for myself, I have an insane new level of appreciation for my mum. Cooking dinner, making lunches, doing the laundry, keeping the house tidy, all without a single complaint. I don't know how she does it (pls halp).


All in all, though, I'm so excited to continue doing what we're doing and making this house our home. This is an exciting new chapter in both of our lives and I'm so happy that I get to spend it with the one that I love most.

31 comments:

  1. Stefanie StillerJuly 25, 2017 at 2:41 AM

    Great post!!! I think you learn a lot about each other and also yourself when you´re doing a big project like this

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  2. I am terrified to start packing when it comes moving day! Too much stuff

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  3. Elizabeth ColetteJuly 25, 2017 at 6:05 AM

    This is great, all that you learned about yourself! I think it's awesome you can appreciate more now that you are doing it yourself. Congrats on moving!

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  4. Moving is so stressful, but it does teach us valuable lessons. It is great you took these lessons in stride and are using them to improve. Agreed on the less in more note especially!

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  5. Ashley StephensonJuly 25, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    When I have moved in the past I have dreaded it! Our next move we are hoping to be moving into a house we built so I am totally OK with getting rid of all of our furniture and starting new! Ha - IDK if that will happen but it is a nice thought!

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  6. Awesome post. Taking big steps like that can always give you perspective.

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  7. I agree it is indeed possible to live with less and be very very happy! Sounds like this move made you so mindful and happy! I wish you all the best and cannot wait to share this journey with you! Please keep us updated!

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  8. This is so right. I felt the same way when moving.

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  9. Yup, it does take a lot to move! You do need patience, that's for sure. And it is tough to stay on top of all the cleaning. Congrats on your home!

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  10. It was truly exhausting when moving to one home to another. But all it worth it when you finally settled in. And yes, you learned to live less.

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  11. Moving can be an exciting time in your life. Or, it can be a negative, unwelcome event. I'm happy that you make your move a little less stressful and more enjoyable ! You really embrace your new future and look forward to the wonderful things yet to come !

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  12. Fantastic post! You learn a lot about people when working on challenging projects like this. It also makes for great bonding time.

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  13. Elena StevkovskaJuly 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    I agree that it is possible to live with less. I am also in the process of decluttering myself.

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  14. I can totally relate to these, I've definitly learned a lot of these myself, especially the appreciating your mom part. Praise to them.

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  15. Yes, moving to a new place is always tough! We did it when we moved from KY to FL. Packing is hard but we learned to be smart and strategic with our decision to downsize.

    Mae | http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org

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  16. First of all congratulation on your new home and You wrote your experience very nicely, to be honest moving from one place to another place is a trouble for me.

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  17. I definitely agree, Stefanie. :) x

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  18. It's amazing how much junk we accumulate haha. It's a good excuse for a cull, though. :P

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  19. Aww thank you, Dawn. It was definitely an eye opening experience aha but I'm glad I did it. :) xx

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  20. I feel you there, Ashley! I had dreams of buying a whole bunch of new, gorgeous furniture.. but then I saw our bank balance... hahaha. Good luck on your next move, girl! xx

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  21. I couldn't agree with this comment more. <3 xx

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  22. Aww thank you, Chelf! You sweet thing, you. <3 I'll be keeping you updated for sure. :) xx

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  23. It's definitely an accomplishment to come out on top, good on you. :) x

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  24. Oh man! The cleaning! Don't I know it haha. Thanks, Amber. <3 x

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  25. Awww. That's very kind, thank you so much! I'm glad that it was a positive event. :) x

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  26. Yes, Valerie! I've known my boyfriend for close to 4 years now, but I definitely feel like I know him EVEN MORE now. :) x

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  27. Living with less was a bit of an adjustment, but it's definitely doable. :) I do love a good declutter. :) All the best. x

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  28. I just don't know how they do it! Haha. x

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  29. That's a big move! Here I am complaining about moving 5 minutes down the road, and you've moved states! Haha. It's definitely smart to be strategic with your moving. I tip my hat to you. :P x

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  30. Thank you, Anamika. :)
    Many people see it as a hassle to move - I sure won't be doing it again any time soon haha. x

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