This week, moving out of my parents houses has been on my mind. Some people have baby fever, but I have a fever for being independent.
I’m eighteen years old and I haven’t completely made up my mind.
Yes, I know it’s pricey. Yes, I know I have school to pay for. A dog to take care of. A full time job. Free laundry/groceries at home right now. Family time. Obligations and responsibilities.
Both of my parents are amazing.
They have nice, comfortable homes. They are both great, experimenter cooks. They share my love for movies. And if I live with them… free laundry.
Need I say more?
I have discreetly danced around the idea, to close friends and family members, of leaving the nest. These well wishes have given me many things to think about and a fair amount of warnings.
For example: “Can you afford it? Do you want a roommate? It’s more expensive with a dog, you sure you want to do this?!”
I’ve always been a planner.
If any of you have heard of the Spiritual Strengths test (if you haven’t, you should google it!) then you’d know what I’m talking abut when I say my top strength is futuristic. I can literally sit in a chair and plan out every detail of my future without even moving.
The downfall to this strength is that you spend all of your time planning and not actually doing any of it. And let me tell you, my future involves a nursing job with big bucks, a tall handsome husband, a North Carolina home, and a lot of other lofty aspirations.
I’m also going to let y’all in on one of my secrets: at home, underneath my bed, I have an entire set of dishes, pans, a set of crystal, measuring cups, rugs…..and in the garage: four dining room chairs, a coffee table, a cedar chest, two wingback chairs and probably more things that I have forgotten about. I have been planning on this for two years now. My mom even contributes to my collection, and my sister likes to tell people that I have an entire apartment under my bed.
This is a big step and I know I’m young, and naive and very unexperienced. But I can tell you that I have a big supportive family, something in me willing to take a chance, and a God who really does take care of me even when I don’t acknowledge him.
So for all of you young adults wanting to take a big step in your life, this is what I start out with to make big decisions:
1. Pray. God wants you to ask, and even when you don’t think he’ll answer, try anyways!
2. Ask Around. People love to tell you what they think or know. And sometimes, they’re actually right.
3. Be Prepared. It never hurts to be ready for anything.
4. Take a Chance. We live one life, we’re young and it’s perfectly okay to fail (a lot).
…..now, I know that if someone only took these four things, and tried to make it in life they wouldn’t get very far, but those are core values in my life and they seem to help me with more things than you’d think.
So look out world I may be joining ya’.
Anyone have advice or know someone with rental properties? 🙂