Friday, March 30, 2012

An Update

Looks like the Apartment Gods have not smiled upon us. After losing two perfect apartments for the same dumb reasons and not seeing any others that matched the location/utilities/price range we were hoping for, we have given up our search. My roommate is going to move in with her sister, and I am going to continue to live with my parents. Unless I want to live with random Craigslist strangers, there really isn't anyone else I can look with.

I'm pretty upset and stressed, since I was so looking forward to having my own kitchen, but I am taking this as a sign that I need to save my money and make my cross-country move sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Moving to California has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I need to take the steps to make it happen. It won't be for a while still, but it's more likely it will happen if I can establish a solid savings and try to get some freelance work to boost my resume while continuing to gain job experience at my current job (which I love). It's a terrifying idea--moving thousands of miles away from everything I've ever known--but also an exciting one. In fact, with the money I was going to put towards the apartment, I'm already halfway to my goal of what I want to save before I move. I think I can actually do this, if I am patient and work hard and plan it out.

I'm disappointed that I won't be getting my own place right now, but in the long run I know this is a good thing.

So, friends in Western Massachusetts, I will need to borrow your kitchens for a little longer. I promise anything I make that ends up on this blog, you can eat as payment for me messing up your kitchen. I thank you in advance for your help :)

And Los Angeles/California friends: keep me in the loop for when you or people you know are looking for roommates ;)

8 comments:

  1. Aww babe, I'm sorry! But maybe that just means it's not meant to be right now and the perfect apartment is waiting somewhere in the wings! At least now you're saving money by not having to pay rent?

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    1. Saving money so I can move across the country before I'm 30 is my current plan :)--preferably sooner!

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  2. Sorry to hear your troubles with finding an apartment. :( I think that a lot of the places in the area are sticklers because of how many students live around here (undergrads are notorious for being bad tenants). I hope you either find someplace or get to do what you want and move to CA!

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    1. Yup, my roommate wanted to look in the Amherst/Deerfield/Sunderland area and I'm sure it's because of the close proximity to the colleges that we had such trouble. It just sucks that they have to hold us all to the same standards--two young professionals are likely to be better tenants than two college freshmen, and though we both have full time jobs and steady income, we don't make enough to qualify to live in these places, despite being able to more than pay for the rent. Oof. But it's onto bigger and better things, and hopefully I'll be able to save enough to live in California sooner rather than later!

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  3. Yuck! I hope you find a place soon. I'm on the opposite end of things...I'm trying to sell my house in Phoenix to move home to Cleveland, and will inevitably end up living with my parents as my husband and I get settled into the area and find a house of our own. We just had an offer fall through and are eager for someone who wants a place to live! Thinking good thoughts for you :)

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    1. I can only imagine how difficult that is! My parents just bought their first house two years ago, and that was such a hassle I imagine selling one would be even worse. I've given up on finding a place around here, going to stay with the 'rents and save my money so I can move to where I really want to be :)

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  4. It will all work out eventually. In the best way. When you get to L.A. you can come and cook in my kitchen anytime. xo

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  5. I'm sorry things didn't work out!

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