I knew that Betty would need to be replaced but thought I would be able to take my time shopping for my next vehicle. When the giant pickup truck decided to turn left *into* the driver's side of my vehicle, I was left more than a little shaken. Seriously, when I looked out my side window, all I saw was his grill. I had to crawl over the passenger seat and use that door to get out of my car. Betty was a write-off and my search for a replacement became frantic. After I replaced her (with Betch, a 2010 Toyota Rav4) I spirited a friend away to Dublin for a much needed vacation.
Unfortunately, I have felt like I haven't been able to catch up since then...I had certification training at work, have been trying to fly extra hours/work shifts at the office to put some money aside for savings, had a minor mental breakdown (not ready to talk more about that yet) and
Remember how I had mentioned my priorities were shifting? Well, it seems there's been another change too. I hesitate to call myself a minimalist because I'm so far from their ideal but I definitely feel myself drifting towards minimalism. I've spent much of my downtime so far in 2015 (ha, I realize that's only been a few days) going through the contents of my home and purging what isn't necessary. I should clarify that this isn't a easy or quick experience. My closet, for example, only seems to lose one or two things at a time but that can still add up. My frugal, non-consumerist side has helped as well as hindered at various points of this process. My linen closet was tricky because other than being faded/stained, my towels are actually in decent shape. Frugal Kristyn says "Don't throw then out, they're still good!!" and Minimalist Kristyn says "But do you really LOVE these stained towels? Get some pretty new ones!!". Compromise Kristyn is hoping fabric dye will cover up the stains and give the old towels a fresh new look.
I've definitely decided to sell the townhouse I've called home for 3.5 years now. I love my home. :( The layout is great for me, there's more than enough space, I'm close to all the amenities in my small town...but the stress of cutting grass/shovelling snow/cleaning the more than abundant space is too much. My neighbours have always been kind enough to help with some of the exterior work but that's not their responsibility and makes me feel guilty. I'm in the process of finishing up some upgrades/reno's and am hoping to list my home in the spring. I'll likely look for a condo. I used to be adamantly against condo ownership but I can see why, for someone single in my line of work, its almost the only reasonable choice.
2015 will be about attempting to simplify my possessions (less stuff = less stuff to waste time cleaning/maintaining) and in turn, simplify my life. The standard resolutions of being healthier, learning new skills and travelling will all apply too but right now, I'm just trying to weed out what's just cluttering my life and my mind. I'm hoping to use this blog as an online journal of sorts but I'm only planning to post once a week and spend more time living offline. :)
Happy New Year! Let's make 2015 great!