There are moments in life that sing. Sing a symphonic melody that is made only possible because of multiple players contributing their expertise in an manner that is sincere and beyond expectation.
I mentioned in last week’s newsletter that a dream had recently come true in my personal life, and that dream would not have been possible without a handful of people, seasoned in their craft, as well as close family and friends, giving beyond what was required or expected of their patience, time to listen and support.
I have purchased a house in Bend. The boys and I have a home that is ours in Bend, Oregon, and to say I am happy is the most miniscule of understatements I could express.
Giddy beyond tickled is what I am. 🙂
And it has a peach tree!
The culmination of this dream realized was not without five years of searching, a real estate agent that stuck with me through it all, multiple stumbles along the way as life tried to teach me lessons and thankfully patiently waited until I absorbed and applied what I needed to learn, family that endured my many conversations about the real estate market in Bend as I tried to understand it and learned to navigate it myself, and friends who supported me with their words and good thoughts all the way through until the key was in hand.
As I have shared in my second book, owning real estate is not the only means to financial security, but for someone like myself, who calls her house her sanctuary, having a home of my own once again, is fundamental to the foundation of the life I love living.
Needless to say, it has been four years since I have had a space that was a blank canvas on which to tinker without limitation. In the space of those four years, my attention has been given to more travels abroad, projects that I am so happy are now part of TSLL community (the cooking show, the second book, the podcast‘s past four seasons – the sixth begins next week!) and time and resources to explore Bend deeply to discover how I most enjoy living in a town that I feel most fortunate to call home. But now it is time to make my home in Bend, Oregon, the actual, literal home.
I do not know what decor and yard & garden projects will be forthcoming (although, as you might imagine, my mind is tickled with so many ideas, it is nearly spinning with glee), and they most likely will be gradual, but when I do begin to tinker and put my signature on my sanctuary, I will share bits and pieces of what I learn here on TSLL. I have created a new category in TSLL’s Archives for just these posts when they are eventually shared.
So, if today you find yourself along your journey, wondering if indeed that one big dream you have been holding onto in your mind may happen, please know that I had my doubts, as well as fears, over the past few years that the reality I share with you today would happen. But it did. How it all unfolded, which was primarily by chance, is something in hindsight I will honestly admit, I did not expect. But, with clarity of what I wanted and what I could afford, as well as more knowledge in a variety of arenas I learned these past four years, the decision to strive forward was without hesitation.
Wishing you a lovely start to the week. Bonne journée.
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