New Home Tour

You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about moving by now. We’re 99% unpacked and mostly living normal every day lives at this point, even if we don’t quite have a space for everything yet. Although there a lot of things we want to change over the next few years, I think I really love this flat.

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My favorite thing about this flat is the high ceilings. I love the sense of open airiness it lends to the space. The entry way is moderately functional. I have a plan to make this space bright and eccentric. There are some unsightly meters that need to be covered up, and the front door is absolutely hideous, but we’ll get there in the end.

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Emily’s room still needs some furniture, but we’re waiting for her input before we make any major decisions. I think we might try to find some funky pieces for her at a charity shop. She’s sixteen, so I’m not about to presume what she would like.

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Our bedroom has a ton of space, so we really need to look at some art for this space. I’m hoping to add a dressing table. We’re thinking navy with accents of orange and yellow for a color palette. My heart’s desire is to have a big fox print hanging above the bed.

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The bathroom is definitely the most lacking, mainly due to the fact that there is absolutely no storage in this room. It’s also the room I care about the least. We’ll get to it eventually.

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The living room is massive and structurally in good shape. This space really just needs decorating more than renovation. We are, however, thinking of building a bar in the alcove and a window seat in the bay window. We’ve had an idea to build a shelving unit around the tv for additional storage. I also have a project in mind to update the fireplace. Those brown tiles are not awesome.

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The whole reason I was sold on this place is the spacious kitchen/dining area. For a tenement flat in our price range, this kitchen is downright massive. Eventually, the whole thing is going to get overhauled. The whole house is getting wood flooring, and additionally, we want to install white streamline cabinets, butcherblock countertops, and one of those oversize white farmhouse style sinks. If all my dreams come true, we’ll have an additional row of lower cupboards with additional counter space and a light blue vintage style fridge to match my KitchenAid mixer.

I can’t wait to test this place out by throwing our first party. This is going to be a wonderful home. Eventually. Let’s do it.

Awesome in December

Awesome in December

Awesome in December

This month has had my anxiety cranked up to 11. Between moving and pouring money into the new flat, I’ve barely had a moment to even think about Christmas. It happened almost without me knowing it. And birthday? What birthday? That was barely a thing. Whatever. Fun is for children.

I’ll share photos if the new flat soon. There are lots of things to fix to make it beautiful, but at the moment, it’s nearly livable, and that is saying something.

We did manage to get out of the house and see Rogue One. While I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece, it’s definitely a lot of fun, especially if you’re already a Star Wars fan. Have you seen it? What did you think?

I’m saving my pennies for a new fridge and cooker, but until then, there are so many things I want to cook on my questionable appliances.

These peppermint crinkle cookies look so rich and fudgy, they’d make you shudder with delight. 

I can’t remember the last time I had a good cinnamon roll. These overnight toffee cinnamon rolls need to be in my life now. 

I love spicy chicken, but I have no patience for bones. These Nashville hot chicken tenders are the chicken of my dreams. 

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What were your favorites this month? You loved Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Poinsettia Champagne Cocktails, and Chicken Parmesan. I’d have all that. Maybe we should have a party. 

I hope you had an awesome Christmas. A season of change is upon us. I’m ready. 

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Be Awesome

Be Awesome

Be Awesome

More and more lately, I’ve been noticing a dichotomy developing between the life I wish I had and the life I actually lead. I want to be adventurous and interesting. I want to be thin and beautiful. I want to be endlessly compassionate and intelligent. I want to kick ass at my job and at my life every single day. I want to be a woman that my daughter will admire. I want to live for a hundred years and read every book and visit every country. I want to be perfect, and I don’t want to accept that that’s an unreasonable expectation.

In real life, I come home from work, put on my pajamas, eat leftover meatballs, watch three episodes of The Crown, eat a giant slice of cheesecake, and go to bed. I am utterly boring.

I have a very hard time acknowledging the positives in myself, and don’t you dare try to enumerate them. Seeing the positives in the world around me comes quite easily. I know all about my many many blessings. 

I know the life I want to have, but I can’t stop feeling tired and listless. I even know some of the things that I could do to get there, but then I just don’t do them. I give in to my exhaustion and indulge my urge to be boring.

Maybe I should stop punishing myself. Maybe I should change. I don’t know which one is right. 

Or maybe… Maybe I should just keep faking it. Maybe I should stop looking at other people’s online edited lives and being overwhelmed with envy. Maybe I should remind myself that there are a lot of people who are just as boring as I am most days. There might even be people who look at my edited online life and feel envy. 

I don’t have the answers. The only thing I know is that every day, I get to make choices. Everyday I can choose self-love or self-loathing. I can be easy on myself, or I can be hard on myself. I can do what I’ve always done, or I can go against my instincts and just be happy. 

Choosing happiness probably comes easy to most people, but in case it doesn’t, know that I’m right there with you. Know that you’re not the only one struggling to be okay with who you are. Know that you’re not the only one faking it. Eventually, we’ll make it, and that will truly be awesome.

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