Starting a New Chapter in My Life

It’s been 5 months since my boyfriend and I broke up. We were together for 3 years and also lived together. It was a rough break up. He kept the house because the lease was in his name. I was left with trying to find a place in a hurry and it just wasn’t working.

I decided to live with my dad until I could find something of my own to move into. Something that was only supposed to last a month or 2 at the most, has turned into 5 months. At 31, I knew I couldn’t keep living with my dad, even though I was living rent free. I needed to be an adult and get back out there and live my own life.

Trying to find a place to live here is a little difficult. Apartments and homes cost so much each month and then you have all your utilities and internet or cable. I was so stressed out thinking I would never find a place that was nice and safe.

I came across a post on craigslist for a place to rent that peaked my interest. It was only $425 a month, including all utilities, internet and cable. What’s the catch? I would have to live with someone else. I would have the whole downstairs to myself, but could I possibly be ok living with a stranger? I decided to take a chance and met with the lady…I took someone else with me because you need to be really safe when it comes to craigslist! After I met her, I left the house pretty quick and decided that maybe living with someone isn’t right for me.

The house was dirty, the lady seemed clingy and I just didn’t feel good about the situation. I was about to give up when I came across another post of someone looking for a roommate. I decided to give it one last shot & I’m so glad I did! We met at my local Starbucks and got to know each other a little and we instantly connected.

She is gone most of the time working out of town, so I would have the home to myself about 80% of the time and I would only be paying $400 a month! This seemed like a perfect fit for me. I am so excited for my new adventure! I won’t always live with a roommate, but at this time in my life, it’s what works for me. Maybe I’ll even make a friend along the way.

Finding a place to live gave me so much anxiety. I felt anxious and nervous all the time. I am feeling so much better now! I feel hopeful and that’s a good feeling! Only time will tell if this will work out, but I am being very positive about it & hoping for the best!

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