Life has been pretty busy lately going through quite a few changes for us. Mostly, with me. I'm always the one changing things around! 6 months ago I got a new job and made us move downtown, and now I transferred to another new job, and am making us move again! Ug. I'm sorry, Jesse. Luckily he claims he likes change.
The new job is with the same company, just a transfer to their main office for an administrative assistant position. A little bit less stressful than leasing, so it's a welcome change for me. A job with regular office hours, that I don't have to work overtime for, and that I finally get weekends back to enjoy with friends and family? Yes please. It might be a little bit more boring, but I'll take it. I started last week.
Because of that, we no longer get a fancy apartment in a luxury building downtown, so we're in the market for a new place. By the middle of May. And actually, this is the perfect opportunity to do something we've been considering for a few months now.
We are moving in with our dear friends Nat and Andrea! It's funny, a lot of people have roommates for a lot of reasons, but when we say we're moving in together it means a lot more to us. It's trying to create a sense of community. It's the idea that by sharing space, food, time, music and other things we can maybe gain something amazing back.
We've been so intentional and purposeful about it--making sure we know what we're getting into, what our goals are, and how we want to reach them. I know there are things to be concerned about, but I am so confident we can get through them, and I am so excited about the possibilities.
A few goals of the house:
1) Be More Eco-Friendly. With four people eating, we can buy in bulk and use less packaging. We also want to make more things at home, like bread, granola, etc, to use throughout the week. Composting, bike-riding, carpooling, recycling...it's easier to do all of these if you have three other people committed to helping you.
2) Band Practice Space. We're looking for a house with a great basement that we can soundproof for the band. Having a practice space right in the basement means music can be more of a lifestyle for them. And I can be the ultimate groupie!
3) Live in Community. I've become more and move convinced that the idea of church is rooted around a community. It's a group of people that care about each other and invests time, energy, emotion, and support in everyone else, including people outside of the original community.
That's some of what we're aiming for. First we have to find a house that will accept us! Then, the challenge begins...