I certainly wish I had the glorious announcement that we have found our home, but sadly no, that's not the case.
In fact, just after I wrote this post, we began the process of putting another offer on a house. I thought maybe I won't have to actually post these words.
But no, as nature would have it, our luck continued, and that one fell through too! I'm trying not to get too concerned. Ok, I am a little.
The fact is, we have about a month and a half left on our lease, and the housing market is visibly rising around these parts. (Which now totally defeats one of our reasons for moving down here.)
I'm getting slightly anxious, wondering if we will be stuck in this small apartment for yet another 6 months.
Part of me tries to convince myself that if we raised our price range, more houses will be available to us, and it's easy to drive by an open house knowing full well we can't afford it, but drop in anyway. Just to see what it offers, we say.
If I'm not careful, I can let those things fester until they produce thoughts such as,
- I wish my husband could bring in more money so we were able to look at a better house.
- I hate living in this 750 sq ft apartment, with half of my life still in boxes.
- If only I had a home to decorate exactly the way I want…then, I'd be happy.
It's so so easy to look at that budget and curse it. To be constrained by the numbers that dictate how you live, and what you can or cannot buy.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
Instead of resentment, you can choose to THRIVE….to replace those thoughts with contentment. Because if you're not happy now, you certainly won't be happy later. Nothing will satiate those cravings within you…nothing. But contentment will.
- View that budget as a learning experience, a way to help you develop the habit of living on less, so it doesn't change you, if by chance, you were to be blessed with more down the road.
- Practice the art of coming in under budget – master a new way to save, or a method you haven't tried before.
- Be proactive in searching for a new venture to bring in extra income. I've certainly tried my fair share!
At times, I'm at such a loss, living in a place where my hands are free of renovation and house projects, and I don't have easy access to a craft room when I feel the need to create.
But I quickly busy myself with something else (because relax and do nothing is not in my genetic makeup), and I soon forget those negative thoughts I was dwelling on before.
I certainly don't want to live a life of regrets – thinking what if, and only when. I want to be content. I hope you do too.
True contentment isn't based on our circumstances, it's what we make of those circumstances that brings true contentment. <– Click to Tweet