Well, as a lot of you lovely readers know, my life over the past 10 months or so has been very different from my life before that. It was quite a culture shock to transition from city living to suburban living, to move from way up North to way down South, to graduate from a very intense and busy Masters program and into real life, with both its freedoms and its constraints. This has been such a time of newness and learning and "figuring out," and there have been some ups and downs. Today, I thought it might be fun to share some of what I've learned in these last few months.
iPhone shot of the morning light streaming into our little apartment.
Don't buy filet mignon from traveling salesmen, even if they tell you it's high-quality meat and it seems like a great deal (can you tell that we learned this the hard way?).
Always take advantage of military discounts! Even little ones, like 10% off at Lowe's and Michael's, do make a difference over time.
It's so much harder to keep a two-story, two-bedroom townhouse clean than it is to keep a teeny-tiny two bedroom city apartment clean.
Going to the gym can be fun! As long as it's a Zumba class you're headed to.
Curtains are tricky. I'm still working on my curtain style. I've never had so many windows to dress up in my life, and there was certainly some trial and error involved!
Trusting in God's plan, not my plan, is the best way to go through life.
A good vacuum is so important. We don't have one yet, and I get very cranky when I use the mediocre one we do have.
Starting out the day with a cup of tea and writing is such a treat.
Don't spend money on an expensive blender. This one does the trick beautifully.
Built-in bookshelves are a top priority for the first home we own. The stacks of books around our house are getting taller and taller!
Sharing a home with my husband is even sweeter than I'd imagined.
Painting furniture is the best way to give old pieces new life. And one of the best ways to give your home a fun, eclectic, look!
Things are cheaper in the deep South. Way cheaper.
Blogging is such a joy. Now that I've started this blog that I've had in the back of my mind for so long, I can't imagine life without Something Ivory and all of my lovely readers.
And so much more...
It might be fun to make this a series, a way to catalog and reflect on life as it changes and moves forward and takes us with it. Maybe I'll check back in with another few things I've learned in a couple months. In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Tell me below or write your own post! What have you learned?