Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Forward motion by a path I didn't expect

If you live here in the DC area, you already know this.  But if not, let me give you a little background first.  Rent in North Arlington is about triple rent in Palm Bay.  Rent out in the 'burbs is still more than double.  And you probably don't get a patio or a pool like you would back home either.  While we get paid more here, I wouldn't exactly call it triple.

I had a studio for a little bit when I first moved to Arlington and then upgraded to a normal 1-bedroom.  I like living alone.  I've done it for 8 and half years now.  Kinda makes up for not having my own bedroom until I was 12 and sharing a bathroom with too many boys until I was 20.  2011 is the year to change that.  I'll still have my own bedroom and won't share a bathroom with boys, but it's time to join the DC roommate culture.

I've thought and prayed for more that a year about my long-term goals and how to make sure I'm planning for the future.  My career + my rent = no savings or equity.  Change careers?  Go back to school?  It would be smart, but it's just not for me right now.  Move somewhere where rent is more reasonable?  Like to the burbs and commute?  Too stressful and isolating.  To another town entirely?  Thought, prayed, visited, no go.  DC for me for now.  Roommates?  Fought the idea for a long while.  But then, with a realization that God loves me and desires good things for me, it didn't seem all that bad.

So here's the deal.  I'm currently in a month-to-month rental agreement.  All I need to do is give 30 days notice and I'm gone.  I've love to live with one or two girls who love Jesus and keeping the kitchen clean.  And who live in Virginia inside the Beltway.  I have my ideas about neighborhood preferences, but I'm going to see what God has up His sleeve first.  I'm not in a hurry.  I want to find the right fit.  Pray for me and tell your friends!

*Oh, I did have a roommate my last year in FL, so I have a reference if anyone wants one.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

change is a brewin'.....

I wonder who coined the phrase "God works in mysterious ways"?  Because really, they hit the nail on the head.  Things are churning around in my heart and head.  Change seems to be coming up.  Not change that would really make a big impact on anyone around me, but personally could be a huge change.

Let's see what the next weeks bring......