Neil and I have moved every year we have been together and I had also moved every year before that since I went to college. We lived in the first home we bought for two years and while we had planned to stay longer we knew it was not where we would stay forever. I am so glad we found our current home and we are really looking forward to staying somewhere for the long haul. Every time we have moved we did a marathon of unpacking and had a house warming party within the month. We always said it is better to set a date and work toward the goal. We are past now the one month mark in our new home and we are so far from being unpacked.
I know it is going to be different this time and that we will be doing projects and improvements for years to come. We are holding off on unpacking about half of our boxes until we get through a couple projects and painting. Each of these projects seems to take so much longer than you think it will.
I have been feeling unsettled and wish that we had our spaces more set up. There are so many tasks we need to do and it is hard to have the house in disarray. I am looking forward to finishing up the painting and the closet project in our master bedroom. Once we finish those projects we will be able to set up the rooms and do the next stage of unpacking.
I am working on trying to enjoy the process rather than wishing it was over. I have been wanting a house to work on and make my own that I knew we would stay in. But now that I have it I need to find a way to appreciate the present moment, no matter how messy it is. As it is now officially fall, I feel I need to take a cue from the season and start to transition myself – slow down, savor, and find small ways to settle.Like these amazing smoothies I got with my sister in between coats of primer in the living room, matcha-strawberry-banana and mint chip goodness!
I have also been missing our friends and the community we created in the Bay Area over the past five or so years. Although, I do feel stress and overwhelm from working on the house and fact we aren’t unpacked, I think it is all the big changes that have been happening in my life that are the core of this feeling. In the past three months I left my 9-5 job, we bought and sold a house and moved to a new city. It all feels exciting but it has been a lot of big changes and I am waiting to find my new groove.
I need to take it one room at a time, one coat of paint at a time and one day at a time. I keep thinking it has already been a month, and I need to think it has only been a month. I am going to take it slow and try to enjoy each part of this process. With the new season, and this new life I will find my new routine and community. It will just take time.
For me labor day has marked the end of summer and beginning of the school year. It has been another loved, long weekend. It has been a last chance to soak up some sun. I have been in only been in school and worked in an office so “labor” never seemed to apply to me. It took on a new meaning this year as we got through the first few weeks in our new home that is quite the fixer upper. I was so grateful for a wedding out of town that forced me to not paint through another weekend. We were able to get away to Kirkwood for a wedding, spend a day hiking and relaxing there, and still have a full day at home to … you guessed it – paint! Who knew I would actually take a break from manual labor this labor day weekend?
I have been painting for the past week and a half, two coats of primer, two coats on the ceiling and two coats of paint in half of our house (about 1,000 sq. ft.). And the kicker is we still need to paint all the trim, so we are not done yet. But every step we do complete feels so good and it really does make such a difference.
Every time I finish a coat I look forward to the time when I will NOT be painting. But I am also so grateful for our new space and love envisioning all the potential and the projects we will work on. I have been super spoiled and have lots of help from my sister and mom, so needless to say I have good company! When I am on my own, I covet this time to listen to audio books and podcasts.
We had such a relaxing Sunday this past holiday weekend. We slept in after some late night dancing at a wedding and read in bed before heading to breakfast. We also picked up a great deli sandwich and brought snacks from home for a hike on Lake Margaret trail. After showers and a couple hours lounging and reading we had wine and played cards. It was divine! I love camping or cabin like trips when we read together and play some cards with drinks before dinner. I definitely feel like these two activities categorize a relaxing day away with Neil for me.
We hit the road at 6 am on Monday morning to beat the holiday weekend traffic. It was so great. We were home after errands and picking up the dog by 11 am. Neil brewed beer for Oaktoberfest and I painted.
What did you do this labor day? Was it a mix of projects and play? Did you go out of town? Would love to hear what you were up to!
We have been in our new house for less than two weeks and are already well into a few projects. We should probably prioritize and complete one before starting the next, but you know how that goes. The first thing I want to prioritize is painting, as the whole interior needs a fresh coat of paint. There are lots of crazy colors and holes, nicks, and drips around the house.
One project we started our first weekend was tearing out the sheetrock and removing the wall separating the two closets in the master bedroom. We figured if we are going to paint it, might as well update the closet first. This was my first experience of #demoday and I actually got quite into it. I definitely came out with some bumps and bruises but it was fun. We haven’t quite finished but took out most of the sheetrock, base boards and trim in an afternoon. We plan to take out the rest this week and begin to primer the whole upstairs and stairwell. It could be called the rainbow house with an orange kitchen next to a purple stairwell and hallway and a green family room, see fun pics below. My favorite “fun” fact it you can touch all three colors at once!
We are already making so many plans and love talking about projects but I can feel us slipping into overwhelm and want to wrangle us into setting our priorities and making a schedule for projects.
Overall, I am loving the new house and the new neighborhood. It is nice to see our families more often. I can walk in about 8 minutes to an awesome local grocery market, a bakery, coffee counter and yoga studio all in the same shopping center.
We will be working on this house forever but I am looking forward to making it ours. How do you prioritize house projects? What was the first thing you did in your current space? It definitely seems like I need to take my own advice from this post, it is like déjà vu. I would love to connect with you on instagram and I am on snapchat @eatlovenourish.
We have exciting (big) news! Some people know but we have not made any official announcements about our upcoming move. We are moving to Santa Rosa! We are so excited to move up there and can’t wait to work on many of the projects in the new, huge house. We will be sad to leave many of our friends and the amazing community and life we have built in Oakland over the last 5 years. But good news is, we won’t be too far away and we will have multiple extra rooms for lots of guests up to beautiful wine country, brewery haven and the Russian river.
We have always discussed our 3-5 year plan and our longer term plans and goals. When we first bought our home two years ago in Oakland we thought we would live there for 3-5 years or possibly more but that someday we wanted to move north. I grew up in Sonoma County and my husband lived his whole life in Napa. We always discussed Petaluma as our goal and looked for fun after our first home buying experience. Let’s get real, I totally became addicted to Redfin. We would look occasionally in the neighborhoods we liked and even started looking in San Rafael and Fairfax. One time Neil widened his search in Sonoma County and found the house we will now call home. He showed me the pictures and I was in love but we thought we can’t afford that. We said that is our dream home in 10 years.
About a month later we were hiking in Yosemite and started talking about the possibility of Santa Rosa. Neil had become more and more interested in Santa Rosa and had done some research about the city’s master plan and statistics. We began discussing the possibility of another city in Sonoma County. One of my first responses was “I wonder if that house is still on the market.” Once we got back to civilization I checked the internet and lo and behold it was still on the market. We followed up with a family friend in the Real Estate business and made an appointment to tour it the next weekend. During that week the home had a price drop as it has been on the market for a while.
We loved the home and decided to make an offer. The best thing was that everything seemed to flow quite easily. I had mentioned to Neil I would love to get this house for the list price, which is unheard of in the Bay Area. With the price drop we ended up offering the original listing price (YAY!). Then we were receiving offers on our current home in Oakland and Neil was quite worried about getting a large enough offer to make our new down payment. I was confident that we would get more and even said we will get between X and maybe even more than Y. We literally got 3 offers, One was exactly X, one was Y+1 and there was one in the middle. I was so amazed how I could manifest what I wanted.
Now I have to say not everything went that smoothly. There were lots of unexpected issues with the new house, and unexpected expenses and issues throughout the process. But, overall this was our dream home in a fabulous, walkable bikable safe neighborhood and is close to family.
We are thrilled to be starting this new chapter of our lives and we can’t wait to share more of our journey.
Have you made a big move? How did you build a new community in you new city? What are your favorite ways to make a space feel like your own?
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Most of my friends and family know by now that I have left my “day job” but I have mot shared this here. I am going to shift my focus to teaching more yoga and expanding my women’s wellness and birth services. I am also looking forward to blogging more and starting a podcast with Neil. I have been doing these things on the side for over two years and am ready to jump in. After working in an office for so many years and juggling a work schedule and yoga classes, and occasional births, being at home has been such a change of pace.
I am working to find my new morning routine and what time of the day I prefer to go to workout class, as I no longer “have” to go at 6am. I have not settled into a consistent routine yet but am focusing on trying to add mediation into my day and keep up my workout classes as well as a 45 minute to 1.5 hour walk with the dog everyday. All good things, I have just been doing them at completely different times depending on the day. Having coffee or tea and breakfast to start my day is about the only thing I have nailed down in terms of routine. I am looking forward to finding my new groove in this new venture.
From the first time I discovered overnight oatmeal in 2012 it has been one of my favorite go to breakfasts, especially in the spring and summer. During those seasons there are so many good fruits and warmer temperatures lend to a cooler breakfast. I love smoothies, warm oatmeal, eggs and all the breakfast items. I tend to go between oatmeal and smoothies and leave more complicated breakfasts for the weekends. With more time in the mornings I have been mixing it up but it felt good to go back to an oldie but a goodie.
Overnight oats are so easy and are perfect for busy mornings to just grab and go. I have had different recipes on the blog before but this is my latest go to.
Blueberry Overnight Oats
1/3 cup of oatmeal
1/3 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp flax seeds
1/2 chia seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup of blueberries
Add all ingredients except blueberries to a jar and shake or stir until well mixed. Add blueberries and mix the fruit in. Seal jar with a lid and place in the fridge for 6+ hours or overnight, hence the name.
I love adding all different kinds of fruits and nuts to the base recipe. I shared my pumpkin recipe before which is my favorite in fall/winter and I also love peanut butter banana combo as well as strawberry and unsweetened shredded coconut.
What has changed in your morning routine recently? What are your current breakfast favorites? I would love to hear or see over on instagram or find me on snapchat @eatlovenourish.