The month of January has flown by! I’ve been so distracted and busy (and lazy too). We had been looking for an apartment or rental to move to for several months now and finally found one before the holidays! They were still being built so our move date was pushed to February. We are so excited to have a place to call our own. I left college in 2012 and moved into a house my dad had purchased. a real fixer upper. It was cute and it was something different. I lived with two other girls for the next year. Around the beginning of 2013 they both moved out and I was planning on finding a place as well for my soon-to-be husband and I to live. We looked and looked all while I lived alone in that house and planned our wedding. Soon the wedding was here and we hadn’t found a place. So we came back from our honeymoon and just stayed put. It was a blessing of a house with affordable rent, plenty of space, and a backyard for our pup. But I had lived in this house for three years with other people. There was too much hand-me-down furniture to count. We wanted a fresh start. We are striving towards a minimal lifestyle; keeping only the possessions we need.

So I’ve been absent while we packed and sorted through the past four years accumulated there. This past week we made the big move from around 1250 square feet to 642 square feet on the second floor. Although that sounds negative, we couldn’t be happier with our new home. We didn’t come close to filling the box truck used to move. We invested in some furniture to call our own, J built me a big work desk we had both been wanting. The first few days were definitely challenging living out of boxes. "Now where did we put that?" was said numerous times. And having all my makeup packed away was a bit o f a struggle for me. The pup is not used to hardwood floors, but he's a champ and is adjusting quickly. The apartment complex is very pet friendly and even has a decent sized dog park. We put together our ikea purchases, and everything started to find it’s place. One week in and I feel like we are already home. I’m sure there are plenty of bumps in the road ahead of us, living in close quarters with a big dog, but I welcome the challenges I know it will further our character individually and definitely strengthen us as a whole. Excited for what’s to come in 2016.