Monday, October 5, 2009

Gratitude Mondays - Home.

Me at my current apartment. I love the layout of the place. It was built in the 1920s and has tons of charm, faux fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors, tons of 1920s touches. But the constant need for repairs, my upstairs neighbors, and a slew of other potentially disastrous things that have me currently staying at friend's houses much of the time. It has all finally caused me to turn in my 30 days notice. 

It has been a while since I actively did a post on being grateful. I've learned that Friday isn't the most convenient of a day for me to do this sort of post. Fridays are always crazy. So I am going to try Sundays or Mondays for a while. And since right now I am stressed out and frustrated about my apartment falling apart. I think now is the best time to take a step back and be grateful for some things. 

Can't wait to be doing this again. Ahh the joys of living alone. 

I've noticed that during stressful times, being grateful is one of the only things I can do to bring me back to sanity and rationality. I've been through a lot of crappy situations, and gratitude is always a fail proof way to remain Z e n during a storm. 

While looking through endless ads for duplexes and houses in the OKC area, preparing myself for another move. I put up my own ad in the housing wanted section, marketing myself as a good tenant (which was surprisingly successful)... But I learned while looking through the other housing wanted ads, that my situation could be so much worse

An essential of being a bachelorette. A proper floordrobe. And an unmade bed. (this isn't my room, just a funny pic)

I do have a place right now. I am inconvenienced but not completely homeless. I am not running away from an abusive spouse or made homeless by a hurricane. I have not gone through a fire and lost all of my belongings. I have money for a first months rent and deposit and am not having to negotiate my way into having more time or relying on the generosity of someone to let me pay it off. 

The favorite of my coffee table books. Best 50 cents I've ever spent. 
Just a book of photos and biographies of people that live alone in various cities. 

I have some control over my situation, although it is annoying. I do not have children that are relying on me to provide a safe place to go. I have a great job. And although getting a roommate would save me a ton of money, I can afford to live by myself modestly. And I don't mind handing over the extra cash in order to save me the headache. 

I am grateful for the potential places I have found that are adorable and surprisingly affordable. I am grateful to be moving into a better neighborhood. I am grateful for finding landlords who seem much more sane. Grateful for soon no longer having to share a porch with anyone. Not having to worry about noises outside of my house. Soon I will not have upstairs neighbors. 

Definitely will be making yet another trip here very soon. I go here every time I have to move.
Another essential for a cheapo bachelorette living alone. Or for cheapos in general.

There aren't a lot of situations that are much more frustrating than to have something go wrong at the place you call home. The place you are supposed to go to retreat from the stresses of the world. No one wants to have a stressful day at work only to come home to more stresses. But I am grateful for the fact that this situation is manageable and temporary. 

I am grateful that I have something to be excited about. and not just frustrated about. 



briannelee said...

Awww. It def is good to always look at the bright side of life. Focusing on negative things will not get get you anywhere. Glad you are taking this approach to your living situation. I lived on my own for awhile and it was awesome!

Closet Full of Nothing said...

This is such a happy post :) I try to stay positive everyday too.

Diana Strinati Baur said...

love this. I am sorry I am behind on my blog reading. I think gratitude mondays are Just Fine. Love your approach and will be following all developments.

Being grateful is a good way to get through deflating situations, I totally agree. We all need to get reminded of that one, for sure. Especially me (yesterday my head literally turned on its neck 360 degrees like in the exorcist. I scared myself. Time to look up and say thanks).

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