Hi sweet friends!!! How is everyone doing today?! I am SO excited that it’s Thursday and time for our weekly chat! Seriously, it makes my week. I even treated myself to some fancy coffee this morning so I could really get in the groove.
Do you have your coffee too?! If not, pour yourself a big mug because that’s part of the rules. (Or tea, or water, or a nice little 8 AM rosé moment, or whatever floats your boat but I like to pretend we’re on a little coffee date).
Ok real quick, before I dive straight in, the other night I had this like major blog breakthrough (in my head). All week this week, Ben has had to work late, which means I’ve been home alone with the cat every night until about 9 PM. No complaints or anything, but I feel like when I’m alone after work, I am actually super productive.
So the other night it was storming SO BAD and I’m absolutely terrified of storms. And I tried to watch the news and literally started crying (yeah, it’s that time, y’all lol) but honestly I was crying because of the tornado damage to a nursing home which is REALLY FREAKING SAD and I just decided I couldn’t watch it anymore.
Basically I closed all the blinds, turned off the TV, turned on some soothing music, lit every candle in the house and then I just sat here and THOUGHT.
I called it – wait for it – my Rainstorm Brainstorm.
I thought it was hilarious and so did my mom OK!?!?!
Yeah I know it’s kind of lame, but that’s me, so whatev. Anyway. I actually just sat here with an open blank document and typed out every single idea that came to my mind that I could talk about. And then I pulled out my (barely used) content calendar, and actually WROTE DOWN when I needed to post these ideas, and also what I want to Instagram each day.
It was pretty epic. Because if there’s something that I’m not super good at, it’s planning ahead. I’m just a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of person.
SO. With that being said I really do have so many fun posts coming up, and my Instagram (hopefully) will be a little cooler because I watched a tutorial on photo editing and I just hope it takes it all up a notch.
Sooooo within the next month expect maybe a few tweaks here and there. But I’m pumped.
I feel like we just had a full coffee talk but y’all don’t even know what we’re about to discuss yet!
Let’s get into it, shall we?
Today I want to talk about something SUPER relevant to me TODAY and that is house hunting. Or should I say – apartment hunting. Rental hunting, maybe? Idk. It just doesn’t sound as cool lol.
But yeah some background here, Ben & I are renters and we currently live in the Lakeview neighborhood. We love it, but we have both always wanted to live closer to the city. Honestly though, we’re really not high-rise types. I LOVE to visit high rises (hello!? Doormen, amazing views, elevators, pools, and gyms – who wouldn’t want that?) but for some reason I just think living in one would feel like I’m living in a hotel. So we really prefer more of a residential feel.
Yeah, if you couldn’t really tell (*sarcasm*), my living environment is super important to me.
You know the type of people that can just live wherever and as long as it’s cheap or by their work or whatever they really don’t care?
Yeah. Not me. I’m pretty particular.
And our landlord is actually selling our current place which gives us a deadline. I’m actually totally OK with this, because we currently live in a 1-bedroom and we just need a little more space. So the house hunt has officially begun.
But it made me think (because I’m like obsessing over it) – what do you guys look for in a new house?
I realize this may have a crazy variety of answers depending on where you live – someone’s NYC list won’t be the same as Hoxie, Arkansas (yes, I’m obsessed with Bachelor even though this season is SO BORING). But I still want to know!
Like if you were on an episode of House Hunters RIGHT NOW – what would be on your list?
Do you need a yard for your dogs? A parking spot in the city? Washer & dryer in the unit? Hardwood floors? Carpet in the bedrooms? An updated kitchen?
Are you a modern design lover? Joanna Gaines farmhouse-style? Or do you prefer more of an eclectic, vintage-y feel?
I seriously want to know!
I feel like you can learn so much more about a person when you see their everyday environment and I seriously want to know your thoughts on this.
My wish list? In-unit washer & dryer are non-negotiables for me (and actually pretty hard to find in the neighborhoods I love). I am also a stickler for hardwood floors AT LEAST in the living areas. Bedrooms – I can deal with a little carpet, it keeps things quieter. Major updates aren’t a huge factor for me – I’m ok with older appliances as long as they work lol. Oh – and outdoor space is crucial for me. Idk what it is, but if I don’t at least have the option to walk out on a little deck or patio I feel kind of trapped.
I don’t feel like that’s too much to ask, RIGHT?!! Lol.
Should be an interesting next couple of weeks.
Ok but really. Can you guys tell me now??? Give me your House Hunters list! Even if it’s extreme, it’s just for fun! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!! Oh – and do you have any advice I should heed while looking? Anything you’ve run into that you want to warn me of!? Tell me that, too!
I will be back on SATURDAY. Yes, SATURDAY. With a new post where I’m sharing a challenge that I’m taking on in March. I’m excited to share. See you soon! Xo.