Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Yoga of House Hunting

Finding a new place to call home is a strange and wonderful task--especially when you're looking for a home that you'll be able to call home indefinitely.

Like yoga, house hunting is a practice of self exploration.

Through a long and tedious process of looking into other people's homes, you discover what's most important to you in life. Are you more worried about having the best flooring and appliances, having great outdoor space, or being close to town? Are aesthetics more important or functionality? Are you the kind of person loves a project or would you rather have exactly what you wanted from the get-go? If you examine it closely, it can give you some profound insight into the person you are and the life you live.

House hunting is also about balance. You have to balance the perception of who you think you are with who you want to be in life, and how you want others to perceive you. Do you want to be one of those people who pay much more for a home just so you can say live in a particular neighborhood--the upwardly-mobile neighborhood, the artsy-fartsy neighborhood, or the hipster neighborhood--or are you OK with less prestige?

You compromise on some things to set yourself up for the life you want.

It took my husband and I almost a year to find the house we finally (FINALLY!) moved into a month and a half ago. We're not in a posh neighborhood near a yoga studio (drat!), but we have hardwood floors (so I can happily unroll my mat in any room in the house!), a fenced in backyard where our doggy can run like the wind, and a kitchen that makes me so happy to prepare food it's OK that our dining out budget has been drastically reduced.

After living in cramped apartments for last decade, I feel incredibly blessed to have a house that with a little elbow grease (and a TON of paint) we can make our own! But I feel even more lucky for the lessons that I've learned along the way. I'm sure there will be many, MANY more. :)