Please excuse any errors. I'm not a professional writer.
Our journey to our little cottage.....
This is how living simply , with only the things I love began...
If I think of how I find myself here right now , I will have to go back a little to the year 2000. I was already married but I found myself like many young women wanting to be successful on my own , so when I landed my dream position at J.E.Caldwell Jewelers in Delaware I was a step closer. Then in 2005 would be the big dream house on the Chesapeake bay. We had arrived! Right? Not really...this is were the stress began. Now I worried that I need to be more successful to keep up. Working more hours and not enjoying all the things we aquired. Then in 2008 the economy crashed and my life hit a all time stress level. Just like a lot of people I lost my position I loved because we went out of business . How do I keep up now...I worked more hours and added over a 2 hour commute to my already stressed out life. I made myself sick with worry that it was changing me physically and mentally. Now we had to maintain all the things we had and still we were not enjoying them. I had become someone I didn't recognize . I knew right then that I needed to do something to stop this stress. So with the support of my husband this is were the real story begins ....
I don't want to use the word "eliminate" when referring to things that were in my life, I think of it as "choosing" what was real and made me happy. This is harder then it sounds . My career was first on the list , I found that I had excepted a " job " after J.E.Calwell's closed and needed my career back. It's funny about how life comes back around to were you are meant to be. Sidney Thomas Jewelers called me and asked me if my sales team and myself were interested in reopening the old J.E. Caldwel's location as a Sidney Thomas store and now I enjoy getting up in the morning and starting my day. Next my attitude ! I was negative not of just myself but of everyone around me. I can only blame myself for this not anyone else , I needed to just walk away from everyone's vision of who I needed to be to them and just be true to myself. Fast forward to this year. The Dream house was put up for sale. I was planning on this being the hardest part , that was what I thought ...but the next step was the hardest.......packing up all the STUFF! We started trying to decide what to move to our new home long before we actually decided on a new address. Let me tell you we acquired alot over the 26 years we had been married . When I say a lot, I mean TONS OF STUFF...no joke.
We decided that we would look for a new forever home that would be half the size of ours. I wanted 800 square foot and my husband thought I was crazy, we compromised on 1450. We looked at a lot of homes and fell in love with our cottage the moment we looked at it. I actually stalked it for many months. So half of our things had to find a new home. It took me 7 months to decide on what I loved the most. It did help that the family that purchased our home wanted most of our furniture, it still didn't all fit in the end and I'm still trying to make some tough decisions. I am happy that all of the things I let go of found loving homes with people that will cherish it. I didn't want my 1 ton of stuff to fill up more of our local landfill. In the end I must tell you we are definitely happier with living simply with only the things that as a couple decided that we love. We are in LOVE with our new little cottage on the bay. We have less space to live in,but spend more time with each other.
We have found we have more with less. My hope in sharing all that I love with you , will keep me on this positive track that my life is on now. So thank you for going on this journey with me. I would love to hear what makes you happy, so maybe I can find some new things too.
Hello...I'm Rene trying to live my life simply with only the things that I love , and make my heart sing .....