Remember how we talked about moving? And then we talked about not moving? Yes well, today we’re talking about moving again! (Fickle, aren’t we?) You see, recently we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction we are heading in, what we want from life and how we can achieve our dreams and goals, and we’ve come to realise we aren’t being terribly proactive in making those things happen. Though our life right now is pleasant enough and we’re getting by ok, it’s not really going where we want it to. Instead of moving forward we’ve been treading water, and we’ve come to realise that in order to get somewhere we need to make some serious changes. We’ve thought very long and hard about what we need to do and we have decided the time has indeed come to leave this little house, only instead of moving to another rental as we originally planned, we are going to stay with my mama!
Though I doubt any adult ever dreams of moving back home and it was never a part of my plan, at this point in time moving in with mum for a little while just makes a lot of sense. Reuben and I desperately want to travel and buy a home of our own as soon as we possibly can, but paying rent makes it really difficult for us to save the money we need to do those things. Our plan is that once we leave here, we will put the money we are currently spending on rent into savings. Even while paying our share of the bills, we should also save a considerable amount of money on utilities. Though saving is our main priority, there are a lot of other great things about moving in with my mama. It’s incredibly difficult to find pet friendly rental properties but at my mum’s place our fur babies are very welcome. Unlike the house we rent now, mum’s place has a huge backyard where Daisy can run around, and my mum has her own doggies for Daisy to play with. (Poor Daisy gets a bit lonely being an only dog child.) Also unlike our current home, Mum’s place has plenty or storage space for all of our things, room for us to plant a veggie patch and a kitchen that is actually conducive to cooking. Hurrah!
Obviously this move is going to mean making a lot of adjustments and compromises. I have been completely independant since I left home at 17 and my mum has lived alone for a few years now, so it’s unlikely to be all smooth sailing. It will also be sad to leave Bendigo (for just a little while!) because we really do love it here. (We’ll only be an hour away and we’ll still be here all the time, but it’s not the same as living here.) I am sure we’ll have disagreements and frustrations, ups and downs, but I’m also sure we’ll be ok. I am really grateful that Reubs and my mum get along so well and that mum lives close enough to Bendigo for this to be a viable option. Reubs and I are both eternally thankful that my mum has so readily embraced the idea of us coming to stay. We feel very lucky to have her support.
We will be making the move to mama’s house at the end of this month. In November we will be taking a few weeks off work to take a big road trip and catch up with our friends and family throughout New South Wales and Queensland, which will give us a chance to catch our breath and regroup, all ready for a fresh start when we return. Though in some ways moving out of our own place feels like a step backwards, we know that ultimately it will help us to move forward. Right now we are feeling very excited about all the future holds for us…
Wish us luck!