The house we are renting did not come furnished. Had we been needing a place through the winter months, we could have probably found an affordable furnished rental (off season at the beach). Since we were needing to move into a home at the beginning of the busy season...spring break, summer, etc...we chose an unfurnished place and used our own things that had been in storage.
|the uhaul truck we used to move our things from storage...|
|...apparently I'm not the only one that dislikes moving ;) ha!|
It has been rather interesting going from our camper back into a "regular" house. Fun... to be living close to family and friends, getting to decorate and enjoy a new to us house, being able to share things and places from our childhoods with our children (we both grew up in this area). Sad... to be moving out of our camper, ending our travels for a while. Scary... to be going back to a "regular" lifestyle.
I'm scared of going back to the "old" me. The old me wasn't bad, that's not what I mean by that. The old me was what most people would consider normal... and I don't want to be normal (I can hear my husband's jokes now, hehehe).
For example: When we moved into this house we needed a washer and dryer because we had sold our old set when we moved into our camper. I had every intention of buying a decent used set, cheap and functional. Unable to find a used set, we went to a big box store still planning to get a plain, affordable top load set. Well, I walked out of there with a brand new set of shiny, fancy front load steam whatever (I don't even know what all) laundry machines. I was happy for about one day. Then it hit me...I bought those machines because "every body else has them so I want them too". Gag. I was very disappointed in myself for so quickly falling back into "normal". (Please don't think I'm judging anyone else for having things like that, I'm only talking about my own personal convictions). So, we returned them and got our money back. This time I was a little more patient and we were able to get a set we found on Craigslist for about 20% of what the new ones cost. The real kicker? The cheap and functional set, while not new and shiny themselves, clean the clothes better :)!
I feel like our life has been a journey, a series of events and circumstances, that led up to us taking the step outside the box and deciding to live differently. It was not something that we just woke up one morning and decided to do, it's more like we were slowly nudged farther and farther in that direction until it became obvious that was what we were supposed to do.
Letting go has been a process. At times a very painful process, but so worth the end result.