Hello Hello Hello, Beauties!!!
I know, I know…I’m falling off. Not really, I PROMISE! Things have just been so crazy this Fall. As soon as I returned from Wisconsin I hit the pavement running on “Project Buy a House.” This was the brilliant brainchild of my husband. What was most brilliant about it was that he scheduled it while he was 7,000 nautical miles away. So, being that I had absolutely nothing else to occupy my time, “we” decided this would be the perfect time for us to buy a house. And what makes it even more exciting is it’s perfect placement during the Holiday season. (We are actually scheduled to close on Christmas Eve!) What is Thanksgiving without a termite inspection or Christmas without a house full of (unpacked) boxes? ”We” started looking the week I got back. I think I got back on a Monday and by Thursday I had my first full day of showings. Well, it’s been less than a month & I’m happy to say we found a house, our offer was accepted & today I spent the morning at the new house with my awesome realtor Jesus, the inspector & the Brownboy Superheroes. Nothing major found in the inspection so we are moving full speed ahead. I’m pretty much in panic mode right now. That seems to be how I operate best; however, writing to a deadline is something I rock at, packing up a 2,600 square foot house by myself with the “help” of a 5 and 8 year-old is not.
Yesterday I spent the whole day purging their play room. I’m really excited about the prospect of completely de-cluttering our space & creating a home. I really need that right now. We have lived in California for over 4 years & in this house for almost 3 but we are currently renters. With hubs in the Navy & the market being a mess when we first moved out here (not to mention the sticker shock on Cali real estate) we never intended on buying in California. If you had told me even 2 months ago that I was going to fall in love with San Diego after 4 years of actively disliking it, I would have totally dismissed you. But somehow (and I know how) it happened. I woke up one day & asked myself why I was so against liking such a beautiful place. We are within minutes of oceans, beaches & deserts and within a couple hours tops of mountains, snow, hot springs & forests…my 8 year old speaks, writes & reads Spanish better than many first-language Spanish-speakers his age & my 5 year old is quickly on his way due to a nationally renowned (FREE!) dual immersion program, I live in a great community & lots of people would kill to live here…so what my problem? I’ve been so focused on getting back to the East coast & being closer to my family & friends that I’ve forgotten to live in the moment & enjoy being truly present. It has left me really unsettled. The sort of unsettled I start to feel when hubs gets new orders & it’s time for us to relocate…except it’s not. This typically happens every 3-4 years and I’ve gotten so used to it, right around the 3 year mark I subconsciously start to get itchy feet. I have been in that space for at least the past year. But a few months ago some thing started to happen for me in my spiritual life–which I won’t go into here, & everything started to change…quickly. The moment I changed my perspective & got out of my own way, a lot of things started to happen for me…and I continue see wonderful things unfolding. One, I am ecstatic about not just living between 4 walls but nesting, growing roots & making a home–owning a home again, painting, hanging pictures, & cooking in my kitchen. We bought an older home with some character so we could make it our own & I’m really excited about my kitchen renovation project…yes, it wasn’t enough to just buy the house while hubs was gone, I’m going to renovate the whole kitchen before he gets back too! Ahhh, the life of a military wife. Oh! and a yard big enough to support a garden & lime, lemon & avocado trees was MUST HAVE. I’m super hype about growing my own herbs & veggies & sharing my recipes here with you.
Speaking of making moves…that’s another thing that has been happening for me…I’ve decided to take the blog to the next level…a domain of my own. And I need your help. I’m tring to decide if Kimchee & Collards is the best name under which to brand myself & I would love your help. Y’all have been here from the beginning & I would love your input. Up to this point, I have been blogging mostly about plant-based eating but I would like to incorporate other facets of holistic health like beauty & wellness & I’m just not sure if Kimchee & Collards speaks to that. What do you think? I would love to hear your blog name suggestions. Well, lovelies…I hope you all are making strides in the first phase & I’d love to hear about everyone’s progress, roadblocks, success I’m getting ready to introduce the next phase for those of you who want to crank it up a notch. For me personally, I will be chillin’ in phase one until after the holidays, at which point I plan to get hot in phase 2 because I am training for a 1/2 marathon in the beginning of February. Let’s be honest…the Holiday season is not exactly the best time to try & cut more things out of my diet. I do think, however, that having been in the first phase for almost a month, I’m in a good position to be on auto-pilot by the time the cookie exchanges & holiday parties creep up on me. BRING IT!
Well, Lovelies, back to packing…