Dh and I have taken the decision to sell our house. It’s something we hadn’t talked about for a long time, but it makes a lot of sense now that we have moved into acceptance of our current situation – that is, need to survive on a teacher’s salary while DH gets his business up and running. While teachers make a decent salary (at least, in Ontario), it is not something that will bring riches. However I am quite thankful for the security that it provides! Anyway, our current home was purchased with a higher income and it is difficult for us to float in our current situation.
I thought it would feel depressing, like a defeat and sadness to take this step “backward” in our lives. But – much to my surprise – it is actually quite freeing. Dh and I both feel positive and energized about it. I do dread the pile of work ahead of us though – we need to get rid of probably half our belongings, not to mention doing lots of touch-ups and some renos around the house. The quotes from real estate agents are better than we expected, so that is motivating. Hopefully we’ll hit the market around mid-September. Once we sell (notice the positive thinking) we’ll know how much $$ we have to make our next move. We’ve talked about buying a fixer-upper kind of house (since DH has the skills, and is willing to use some of his time to improve a place while also working at his new business). We’ve also discussed something where we could rent out – ie. a duplex where we could rent out one side, or a place with an apartment. But, plenty of time for that once we’ve made it through the next steps.
I hope this sense of energy and happiness means that we are moving in the right direction. Since school ended, I have not done so well at keeping to a routine including regular prayer … however I have not had coffee for 3 days, so I am slowly working on getting to a better place.