Posts Tagged Dreams

Building A House/Building A Home

I am building a house! I am building a house! I AM BUILDING A HOUSE!!!

I have to keep telling myself this because I still can’t believe it. Never did I think I would be doing this by myself, but here I am. I bought 3 acres in July! Now I am in the process of approving floor plans. I chose a builder and sent him floor plans that I drew up myself.

On a side note: I could sit and look at floor plans for a week straight and never find a plan that I love…or even like. Am I weird?

And…Pinterest is my best friend right now!

I found an exterior of a house that I fell in love with. Then I decided to draw up my own plans. A few tweaks had to be made, of course, because I am obviously no professional. Since I first sent in the plans I have decided to do a story and a half instead of a 1-story house. So a few more tweaks had to be made. Mainly the stairs. Right now I am waiting to get the plans back from my builder so I can either make more changes or approve them.

My friends tell me that I am going to hate this whole process. But I don’t believe them. I am super excited to start making decisions on colors, flooring, and fixtures. My whole life I have dreamed of building my own home. Let the fun begin!

So far I have gotten my driveway location approved and I now have an address.

What are your thoughts on front porches? I MUST have a porch with rocking chairs and maybe a swing. It has to be welcoming and comfy.

This will be the view in the front:

 

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I can’t wait to document this whole adventure.

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What Would You Do?

Because of the large lottery jackpot yesterday, I posted the question to my Facebook friends….”If you won the jackpot, what is the first big thing you would buy or the first big thing you would do?” I got all kinds of responses from paying off houses to traveling everywhere to helping their hometown. My favorite was from a close friend who said she would take her friends to Jamaica. It included me so that is why it was my favorite. 🙂

Many people said they would help out family members, friends, and even their church. Imagine, if you will, the possibilities of what we could accomplish if given the chance to have that kind of money. Oh I know that some many people have widdled away their fortunes because of not knowing how to handle the large amounts of money that they win. But I would like to think that my friends would be smart enough to develop a plan. The possibilities are staggering. It overwhelms the mind when you sit down and think of all the things you could do. The charities you would be able to donate to. The lives of the friends and families you could change. The ability to put funds away to help pay for your children’s, grandchildren’s, and even great-grandchildren’s college education and their future. It truly is almost overwhelming.

Then when I return to reality, I realize that my dreams are just dreams. I will never amass a great fortune. I will never live the life of the rich and famous. Would I even really want to? I don’t know. I do know that being rich doesn’t necessarily have to do with money. It’s being happy with what you already have. Being happy where you are right now at this very point in time. For many of us that is hard. We like to look back at what we’ve had in the past or look forward to what we might have in the future. But what about right now? Are you happy where you are right now? I am truly blessed. I don’t always feel that way but I stop and make myself look around at what I have. Just be content in the moment. For the past is gone and we are not guaranteed the future.

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