As we’ve been slowly telling our friends, last weekend, while I was in Texas for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we made an offer on a condo near the square in Decatur. After a couter-offer and some negotiation, I electronically signed (real estate has entered the 21st century!) the agreement to purchase our new home.
This decision has been a very difficult one for me. I love the security of our home. I love our beautiful house with lots of room for all of us. I love living in Pine Lake, surrounded by our wonderful neighbors.
But, I really want to live in a place where we can walk to stores, the library, and restaurants. Where Camille has more freedom to go to the places she wants to go to on her own. Where Chloe, who wants to try out school, can have a choice of going to school or homeschooling.
But, part of my dream is to live smaller. Lately, I have been feeling more and more like my stuff owns me instead of the other way around. I don’t want all of this stuff or all of this house and yard any more. I want more time to do other things instead of spending my time taking care of all these THINGS.
So while I’m terrified and sad to leave this amazing home, I am looking forward to all the possibilities of this new adventure.
While we aren’t renting, this article is an interesting read: Why Downsizing To A Smaller Home Can Make You Happier