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Gratitude #4 - home

Since I was on my way to the bookmobile anyway and walking by the office, I paid my rent a couple days early. I own my trailer but rent my land. As I made out the check, I felt grateful not only that my landlord doesn't raise the rent much, but that he created such a safe, beautiful and affordable place to live. (The other trailer parks I looked at were all seedy. This one looks like a vacation property.)

Moving out of Chicago, where rents kept going up and quality of life kept going down, was a deliberate decision. I reasoned that staying there would only ensure that I would feel tethered to a day-job when what I wanted to do was write. I came up with a 5-year plan to live somewhere dirt cheap while I lived frugally and got my writing business going. And yeah, the 5-year plan took 10 years...but I honestly don't regret that. In a way, it's that much sweeter, because I know I persevered. Just because things might take longer than you hope they will doesn't mean you should quit. They're still worth doing!

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egret17
Nov. 29th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
I feel similarly grateful for my wee condo, and pleased that I went with my instincts when I bought it 9 years ago - buying well under what I was approved for so I could live easily within my comfort zone.
jordan_c_price
Nov. 29th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Condo living sounds pretty sweet to me, except for sharing a wall/floor/ceiling with someone. When someday I move I would love to live somewhere I didn't need to upkeep the property. And with a pool! (And a workout room, if I had my druthers.)
egret17
Nov. 29th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
My condo building is not quite that high-falutin'. ;) Sharing a wall isn't bad (I'm on the top, NE corner - looked entirely at top NE corner units, actually). But there's a batshit crazy renter downstairs I could live without.
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