it's the little things

Recently, my fiance and I purchased a house. Now, to be quite frank about the whole situation, we should have done A LOT more research into what it means to buy a home, what you bring with you, and what you inherit when stepping into that next chapter of your life together.

Now, all that aside, I didn't write this to talk about all the struggles we faces in the first month of home-buying/home-owning. Instead, I wanted to talk about all of the little joys that have made owning a home so much more than what I expected. There are so many little things that I love about this place, but I'm only going to mention my top three in this post.

First, there's our porch. Now, this might seem like something so trivial for so many, but after talking about it with my fiance, we realized that between the two of us, we'd never experienced the joy of being able to wake up, make that first cup of coffee, and just sit on the front porch talking about the day and what the upcoming week could bring. We've noticed so much more about the outside world together: the birds, the effects of our neighborhood squirrels in our freshly planted garden, the kindness of strangers welcoming us to the area. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced in any home or apartment that I've rented.

Next, there's the layout. Most homes I've lived in have felt do I put it...cookie cutter? Main entryway that connects to the living room, one long hallway of bedrooms, and a kitchen that's openly attached to a small dining space. This house, more than any place I've lived, has so much character. The weird little angled wall that separates the kitchen from the dining area is one of my favorite additions that the previous owners installed. I don't honestly know why, but it's just quirky enough to breathe a little more life into the space. And, even though it's currently a boiling pot from lack of a ceiling fan, I love our office space. It's private enough to not be the first thing that's seen, but connected in such a way that it acts as the heart of the house, especially with my fiance working from home.

Finally, as a tall man, I am in love with the fact that for the first time in my life, I have a standing shower. I didn't realize how much I would actually enjoy not having to open and close shower curtains, but good lord do I. And, here's the weird side of my brain, I actually like that it gets a little stuck sometimes when you try to open it up. Why, you ask? Well, that's because if a scary person broke in and wanted to attack me, they'd have to work that much harder to get the dang thing open. Odd, I know, but it's the little things, right?

With all that being said, I'd like to challenge you all. Go around your house, your neighborhood, your space, and document three little things that bring you joy. In these weird times, we can all get a little caught up in the negative space that's been created around us. So, take some time to breathe and appreciate the little spots in your life that just make you go, "Wow, that's so weird but I sort of love it for its weirdness."

I hope you all stay safe out there and you've enjoyed this. If you want to see more or keep up with my writing, don't be afraid to join the email list. I'm always open to being social media friends as well, though I'm taking a bit of a mental break from it right now. I'll be back again soon with some more insightful, semi-goofy, dialogue on my life and the odd waves that wash up against it.

See you next time.


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