15 May 2011

Change - it feels so good

You know how we've been looking for a house for the past year? Well, we're done looking for now. After nearly ten contracts written and two houses that got to the inspection stage only to find something we weren't comfortable with buying, we're through. We're staying where we are. We've been feeling really down about the house-hunt and it has been painful. So we quit. A year is enough.

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

Over the past week, we have started talking about a new life path - something that is making me feel lighter already. We're changing things... and where we can't change them we're changing our attitude:

We are going to learn to love our little apartment. We're clearing out crap that we've been gathering in anticipation of moving which made our 600 feet feel a lot smaller like boxes and packing paper. We're going to get rid of our futon and replace it with a comfy couch. I've delivered a few (more) boxes of things I don't want to part with but don't want in the apartment into my childhood home (thanks, Al!). We'll probably buy a new bedspread, some curtains, and shelves to organize our things better in the space we have. 

We're enjoying the nice weather. No sense in dreading summer. It's not here yet. And really, the summer isn't that bad. Last summer I said I'd try not to hate it so much, and that little bit of effort really made it so much more enjoyable.

We're enjoying each other. We've been walking Rufus together each day instead of each of us doing one walk alone. Instead of having separate mornings where I lay in bed until Jason is out the door, we get up a little earlier to walk Rufus together. It's a great way to wake up and start slowly and a great way to decompress after each day.

We're bettering our health. Two walks a day instead of one with Rufus. Gym trips for Jason (a train I need to jump on too). Less takeout, more home-cooked meals. Water in our spankin' new stainless steel water bottles that don't make us feel like we're drinking plastic or BPA.

We feel better already. Rufus feels better already.

What do you do to make yourself feel better when you're feeling down?

1 comment:

  1. "Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of the mind than on outward circumstances."
    - Benjamin Franklin

    And this one, which applies to things just as much as it does people:
    "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."
    - Stephen Stills