Honestly, I’m trying to figure out how I even start this blog post. I feel as though my head is still spinning because of the recent and fairly sudden decision to sell our home and move.
How? What? Why? When? Exactly! Those are precisely the questions my wife and I are asking ourselves at this very moment. But, I will do my best to fill you in and hopefully answer a few of these questions.
Covid Stimulus Money
I’m from Mississippi and my wife is from Tennessee. But, North Carolina has felt more like home than any place we had ever lived. We love the location, the city, the proximity to the mountains, and the beach, we have an amazing community of friends, and we purchased what we consider to be our “dream home.” So, the idea of leaving has never been on our radar.
So, what prompted this life-changing decision? Covid stimulus money. Let me explain.
My wife and I are both self-employed – I’m a blogger and she’s a graphic designer. And, sometimes self-employed people fall behind on their taxes…FOR THREE YEARS! Yes, we had not filed taxes for 2018, 2019, or 2020. But, relax, we’re almost finished and caught up.
Because of this little lapse, we didn’t receive any stimulus payments and like others in our situation, we would be getting it as a tax credit and in a lump sum.
We begin to talk about things we could fix around the house and do some updating. In the middle of our conversation, my wife asked if I thought we would be in our current house for another ten years to which I quickly replied, “Why wouldn’t we?”
For some reason, that question stayed with me all night and I hardly slept. The more I thought about it, staying in Charlotte, NC for the rest of our lives seemed not so certain. And, her question of “10 years” played over and over in my head. And, for good reason.
The fact is if she had asked me that same question ten years ago there’s no doubt we’d stay. But, ten years from now in our current season of life? That’s a completely different story. How?
Well, 10 years from now…
- My wife and I will empty-nesters and possibly grandparents. We have five children ranging in ages from 20 to 9 so no more little ones.
- Andrea’s parents will be into their 70’s and our kids will all be grown. And, seven hours away is the closest we have lived to them in fiften years. My wife’s parents are young and healthy, but do we want to rob them of what little time the could have investing in our younger children? No, we don’t.
- All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. will all be well into the latter years and some might not be here at all.
I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. And, these are only just a few examples of what brought us to our decision. But, I promise to fill in more gaps as we progress.
As you might imagine, there are lots of things to consider in a very small window of time. We have to get the house ready for the market, look for another place to live, and oh yeah, decide where we are going to be moving to. No big deal. The hardest thing is going to be telling our friends. But, we have included most of them in this decision for counsel and support.
Still, I don’t look forward to eventually telling our friends and neighbors goodbye. My heart is already aching.
It goes without saying we are still a little shocked and surprised we are doing this because we’ve never been in a situation that allowed us to dictate the terms of something this heavy. It was usually always tied to a job.
Personally, I still can’t believe we’re doing this and there’s so much to do. We have to get the house ready for the market, look for another place to live, and oh yeah, decide where we are going to be moving to. No big deal.
I’ll do my best to keep you all updated as the process unfolds so be on the lookout for blog posts that are not food-related.
Thank you all for your support, love, and encouragement. It means more than you could possibly ever imagine.
Peace & Plants,