Today I am thankful for my condo.
As you know, I moved into my new home in July. While I took time and thought long and hard about renting out the condo I own and moving downtown, the decision on what condo to rent downtown was made extremely quickly. I mean, this is the ONLY place I looked at. I was in CFA study mode and I really did not have the time to look around. I saw this place, it had everything I wanted, the price was right, and it just 'felt right'.
|The view from my patio!|
While the decision was made in haste, it has ended up being one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Yes - in my life. It was unconventional to go from living in a condo I own, to renting it out and renting downtown. I know for some that is a 'moving backwards' but I think anyone who knows me, knows that this whole decision to move downtown has been far from 'backwards'. I have had many people comment on how much happier I am. There is a spring in my step and a smile on my face as I walk or bike to work. I still have days where I think - "someone pinch me because this couldn't possibly be my life!"
|I love my condo's open floor plan. I finally have room for a big dining room table - which has 2 leaves!|
So today, I am reflecting on how great this move has been for me. I've traded in a crappy, life-sucking commute for a 10 minute bike ride or 15 minute walk. I grocery shop on foot. There are miles upon miles of running paths (along a beautiful river) right outside my front doorstep. I have a beautiful view, room to host family and friends, and room for a huge dining room table!
|The kitchen has great storage (there is a pantry in the back) and a good amount of counter space. Since it's an open floor plan, it's great for hosting as I can be in the kitchen but not feel like I am missing out on the fun!|
This week, my family will gather in Minneapolis for Thanksgiving. My brother & SIL are hosting on Thursday and I am hosting dinner on Friday. I am so excited to show my apartment and neighborhood to my siblings. I am especially excited that I have a dining room table big enough to accommodate 13 people!! There will be 15 of us in total, but 2 are infants. I never thought I would have room to host a meal for my family so I am feeling especially thankful this year that I can finally play the part of the host!