In light of all the chaotic changes that have taken place in my life in the past year, I feel the need to reflect on the happenstances which brought me back to my hometown, after years of traveling and living in other parts of the country. Life has been ever changing and evolving for myself and my husband, and I am so grateful for my journey.
We started by living with family for financial reasons. In 2016, my grandfather passed away, and this catapulted me into a whole new mindset. I refused to live by anyone else's standards; I had to live my life for my happiness, in honor of him, and in creating meaning for my life which was at that time, not present. We moved in with a coworker for a short period of time; then, a tent in my parents' backyard for two months, saving up for a van we would call home for two years. We traveled up and down the east coast a total of five times(!), living in Savannah GA for one month, then Yulee, FL for fifteen months. Coming back home to PA in April 2018, we struggled with ideas and decisions for the future. Our plans to "find a plot of land to park our van on" deemed fruitless, as residential zoning laws prohibit such activity on the east coast. Not to mention, we weren't financially equipped for such a purchase, after discussing the issue with a real estate agent. Finally, we moved to an efficiency apartment in Walnutport, PA in a historical pink building right on Route 248. For five months, we created amazing memories and reveled in our newfound privacy and the luxuries of running water, a shower and appliances! We created amazing music, together and separately, and discovered scrumptious recipes that fit my food sensitivities. On November 13, 2018 we brought home our beautiful kitten, Chione. She has completed our little family and brought us immeasurable joy that we just cannot find with other humans.
On December 28, 2018, we received a written letter that our building had been sold to a property management company. My neighbor texted me to inform me that we would all have to move out by Jan. 31. Despite the fact that we had a one year lease ending in July, the new rental company desired to "buy us out of our lease." Their plans are to completely remodel this building (built in the late 1800s) so they can increase the rent to an astronomical amount which we cannot afford. It was either the lease buyout option, or have to move three more times while they remodel only to be faced with the same home finding situation in July.
We opted to move within thirty days. Heartbroken at the loss of our beloved first apartment together, we frantically searched for a new place. Within fourteen days we succeeded, and signed a new lease for a spot in my hometown, only four miles from work! Comparatively, this new apartment is much larger, has a separate kitchen and bathroom, and feels more like a "home" than our previous efficiency. Craig and I are settling right in, and look forward to our time together here.
Life is all about changes, adaptability and your ability to cope with the chaos around you. One can plan every aspect of their lives down to the second, but nothing will ever be written in stone until it has already occurred. I am thankful and content with our new home, and look forward to our time here.
"Turn your magic on; everything you want's a dream away." -Coldplay