Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

Finally! Finally, I can share with you guys why things have been so quiet here on the blog lately! I’ve been dying to share this news with you all, but we had to wait on the right timing.

Just 7 short months after we bought our first house, we have decided to pack up and move. Crazy. I know.

The most common thing we’ve heard since sharing the news with friends and family that we’re moving is “But you just bought a house!” We also grappled with the fact that we’d just bought a house, especially Kendall. I mean that’s no small investment. But in the end we both agreed that a house was not a good enough reason to hold us back from our goals and the life we really wanted to pursue. 

Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

We knew from the beginning that this was a short term house for us. I said 2-3 years and Kendall said 3-5. Even though we absolutely love our house and neighborhood we intentionally bought this house to fix it up to either rent or resale down the road. We just didn’t know the road was going to be so short.

So, why are we moving so quickly? The reason is two-fold.

Sometime early this summer, after a lot of thinking and researching, Kendall decided he was ready to make a career change. We’re really grateful for the job and company he’s worked for these past 2 years. As his wife, I’ve seen him grow a lot and become more confident in his skills through the opportunities this job provided and that’s been really cool. But it wasn’t a career that he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life. We figured that If he was going to make a career change than maybe we should consider moving as well. We wanted to be in a place that was strategic for his new career choice and would connect him with the most people.

Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

In addition to making a strategic career move, we also wanted to find a place that we wanted to settle down in long term. Living just outside of Charlotte, NC has been okay. Kendall’s liked it more than me, but when it came down to it, it’s not where either of us wanted to be for the long haul.

We listed out several cities that we thought might be good options for us. Some were close to family because we’re not super close to either right now, and some we were just interested in or thought might be good for what Kendall wants to do. We started doing our research and making lists of pros and cons on each city, and in the end, we both kept coming back to Greenville, SC.

Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

Kendall’s long term goal is to start working with college students to help them find what they’re good at and passionate about and than act as a match maker between them and potential employers to help them find a job and company they can grow and excel in after college instead of just taking whatever job they can get and hating their lives for their first few years in the job market. He believes that by doing that, people’s lives will be better, companies will be more productive and profitable, and the work force will be stronger. (p.s.. I’m super proud of my man and the vision he has)

One of the reasons we kept coming back to Greenville is that there are several colleges and universities in the local area and in surrounding cities as well. There’s just so many close together and we didn’t know of another city like that. We also have several connections in Greenville that will help encourage and pave the way.

Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

We also kept coming back to Greenville because we both love it. We’re both small town country kids. It’s been cool living outside of a large city for a couple of years, but really it’s not us. We missed some of that small town vibe and love all the arts and culture and the laid back vibe in Greenville. We’ve also not been as active outdoors here and we’ve both missed that as well. Hiking was a regular part of our lives in Greenville and we’re hoping to add camping and maybe kayaking to that eventually.

Since we knew we’d be moving, renovating the house has been on hyper drive. If I’m not at my nanny job I’ve been mudding, sanding, or painting and Kendall’s been working on other repairs and improvements. Hence the reason for the lack of blog posts. I have been taking pictures, though and can’t wait to share some before’s and after’s with you guys once we get settled into our new home. This blog feels like an extension of me and I’ve really missed sharing with you all!

Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

It’s been so amazing for me to see how God has been working out the details little by little. Things are not all completely sorted out yet, but they’re getting there. I keep picturing a stone path being laid, and each stone is laid right as we need to take our next step. It’s a little nerve wracking sometimes because I like security and having answers to all my questions but God is growing my faith and trust in Him and Kendall through this whole process. We’ve both just had this settled peace inside of us that this is what we’re supposed to do and we’re on the right path.

We both know that probably things are going to to get a little harder before they get better once we’re there, but we’re excited for the adventure and we’re also excited to bring you guys along with us.

We’ll be moving back into the first house we rented when we first got married, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of decorating a rental and sharing with you all how you can make a rental almost if not just as cozy and pretty as your own home.

Why We Chose to Move 7 Months After Buying Our First House

I’m hoping to come back later, and share more of the details of how God has been working all this out even before Kendall told me he was ready to make a career switch but this post is too long already.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks so much for reading! Now, I’ve got some packing and painting to finish up. Our move out date is the 19th and we have to have the house finished by the first of December. So if you need me, I’ll be the blur running around with a paint brush, splattered clothes, and a messy bun.

#glamorous  

Keepin' It Real: Renovation & Life Realities

You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.
— Tim Burton

I sent this quote to Kendall a couple of weeks ago when all the craziness that is our life was getting to him and he wanted to know if he was crazy. And than he asked me again last night if we're nuts and you guessed it, I told him this quote again. It is one of my go to quotes because I think it holds a lot of truth.

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities

The last two weeks have been tough for me. Between trying to keep up with blogging and learning the ins and outs of the business side of it, our home renovation, working, keeping up with everyday responsibilities and a couple of other outside commitments, plus trying to be a nice wife and dog mom through it all has felt like a little much. I know a lot of you probably feel the same way.

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
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Yesterday I finally locked Tripp (our dog, not my husband) outside for awhile so that I could get some work done without him on top of me and sat on the floor and cried with some sandpaper in my hand. It was all just too much in the moment. There's some exciting things ahead for us, but right now we're waiting on final answers and details and the not knowing and uncertainty really gets to me sometimes. I feel like I'm hanging on a string and being dangled over different places and wondering where and when I'm going to be set down and settled. I just like to know things and the not knowing and waiting and the rushing to get things done in the meantime sometimes bubbles up inside and bursts out in either shouting or tears or sends me under my covers to sleep and escape from it all. Pretty sure all three of those things happened yesterday.

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities

I'm working on trusting God through it all and it is not easy. I have lots of moments where I'm asking Him why about things and telling Him I don't really understand. I'm constantly reminding myself that He is kind and good even if it doesn't always seem or feel like it, and I'm also constantly reminding myself that He is not my genie in a bottle and that He will let me know what I need to know when I need to know it and He will guide and direct us on our way even when we can't see the way. It is hard to trust and believe all that at times and there are moments and days when I doubt it, but in my head and heart, I know it's true. 

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities

This renovation and life feels like it is kicking my butt right now, mainly because we're having to rush it and barely have a clue what we're doing and things take way longer than you think they will and mistakes are made and have to be fixed. For instance, I carefully taped off our dining room since I was using black paint against white and the black bled through and I had to go back and touch up the whole dining room with a tiny little artist brush. Shoot me. 

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities

Would/will I do it again? Yes. Absolutely, yes. Because it really does bring me a lot of joy, and I'm bonkers. We're bonkers. Even in all my despair yesterday, I was throwing out some ideas to Kendall and he just looked at me and told me I was crazy. I take that as a compliment because all the best people are, right? 

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities

Even though I'm overwhelmed and my house is a train wreck and there seems like a million tiny little details to tend to.  I'm excited for what the future holds. But for now I just have to put my head down and do the work and push through the hard stuff. Oh, and be nice to people. You can pray for me on that last one. 

Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities
Keepin't It Real: Renovation and Life Realities

Thanks for letting my share my heart with you guys and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week! The weekend is just around the corner! 

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Guest Bedroom Progress

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When we first moved into this house, we opted to stay in what we call our guest bedroom because color wise it was more tolerable than our master bedroom and didn't have a window and door looking out into our laundry room.

Here are some before shots. It wasn't unlivable or horrible but it wasn't pretty either and just felt dingy and dirty. Sorry these aren't the greatest before shots. For some reason, I thought I'd taken a lot more pictures of this room than I actually had. #bloggerfail

Guest Bedroom Progress

Since we're flipping this house to either rent or sale we decided to paint this room the same blue grey color as the master bedroom. You can read why we chose that particular color here. I'm really loving how it came out in both rooms!

My goal when pulling this room together was to use things we already owned. I did end up purchasing a new duvet cover since we didn't have one yet, and l also purchased a decorative pillow cover but other than that everything else we already had. Granted, some of the stuff I used to style this space is stuff I'm supposed to be putting in an online shop eventually, but now that they're on my shelves, I'm not so sure that they're going to make it there. 

Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress

The iron bed is one that Kendall's aunt gave to use when we first got married. (Here is a similar one, but I love this one!) We spray painted it black for this room. (This is the paint we used.) When it lived with her it was a bright yellow, than we painted it a cream color when we moved into our first rental house, and now it's black. Who knows what other colors it will see in the future, but for now I'm loving it black! My goal with adding touches of black through the bed and accents on the shelves was to add a hint of sophistication to this room. It could easily start to feel a little blah without the contrast that the black adds or a little country with the blueish walls, ticking stripe, and sheet ruffles.

Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress

I found this cute chair at one of our local thrift stores. One of the guys priced it to me at almost 30 dollars and his business partner heard him and was like "noooo" and sold it to me for I think 15. I was laughing inside and glad for the deal. I'm planning on recovering the seat cushion in this red and white Otomi print from Spoonflower eventually. I think it will really pop nicely in this room.

Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress

The cute bohemian pillow is one of Ikea's new items, and I just love it. The duvet is also from Ikea and comes in a couple of other colors. The funny thing is, is that I bought this exact duvet when we were living in the apartment, but decided I wanted to make my own and so I sold it. Well, let's just say that duvet cover never got made and now I'm back where I started. It's a classic design that will go with a lot, and I probably won't get tired of it too soon. The ruffled sheets aren't exactly my style because they lean a little more country than I'm going for, but they do the trick for now and actually help add some texture in here for the time being.

Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress

The bookcases are also Ikea. This is their third home and they've held up well. Eventually I'd love to paint them the same white that we're using in the rest of the house. The white that Ikea uses on them is a warmer white than we went with in this house so they look more cream than white here. They're also temporary in this space until we redo the laundry room and than they'll probably go in as "built-ins" to give us more storage in there.

Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress
Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress
Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress
Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress
Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress
Pickens House Guest Bedroom Progress

So, what's left to do in this space?

  • Well obviously the windows need something. I've got some long white curtains that I'd like to hang and I'm debating on adding some small pom pom trim like this blogger did to add some more visual interest and a touch of whimsy.
  • I also have some wall mounted lamps to hang on either side of the bed.
  • I also think it would be fun to bring in some more fun bohemian type textiles and add some art, but I'll add those things as I find them. 
  • Once the shelves are moved out, I'll looks for some small side tables or I've thought about DIYing some wall mounted nightstands like these on either side. 
  • And lastly, I'd like to update the light fixture.

Anything I'm missing? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 

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