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  • Writer's pictureJenny Ward

From House to Home: Embracing Change and Redefining Dreams 🏠🌈

Today, I want to share a personal reflection on a topic that I think many of us can relate to: the pursuit of homeownership. 🏠

3+ years ago, with NYC in a pandemic chokehold, we were renting an apartment in Washington Heights and trying NOT to get Covid. Years of renting had suited me just fine, but as a mom to a little human, I became absolutely certain that owning a house was the ultimate goal for me. The idea of having a place to call our own, to build roots, and invest in our family's future seemed like the epitome of success.

But you know what they say, life has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it, and it did just that for me!

In the pursuit of making this dream a reality, we moved back to Canada and I embarked on a house-hunting adventure filled with excitement and anticipation. The thought of picking out paint colors, decorating, and settling into a cozy nest felt like the epitome of adulthood achievement.

We ended up purchasing a lovely home with lots of space, trees, and quiet. It was about as opposite from NYC as you could get.

However, as fate would have it, the universe had different plans for me.

Over the past 2.5 years of living in that home, outside of the city, I stumbled upon valuable life lessons that weren't initially easy for me to admit: it's okay to change your mind, to reevaluate your goals, and most importantly, to be wrong sometimes. 🌱💡

I began to realize that my definition of success was not tied to a specific structure with four walls. It wasn't about a house, but rather the feeling of being at home, wherever that might be. I discovered the importance of truly understanding my needs, desires, and personal values before making such significant life decisions.

It's not easy to admit when you've taken a wrong turn, especially when it comes to something as substantial as buying a house. But I've come to understand that growth often involves challenging the narratives we once held dear and embracing the unexpected paths that unfold before us.

And so, today I sit on the floor, surrounded by boxes in a 2-bedroom apartment in downtown Halifax, looking out over the city. I see people and hear the sounds of life, and I feel aligned and confident.

I want to remind you all that it's okay to shift gears, change your course, and let go of preconceived notions. Life's journey is filled with twists and turns, and our resilience lies in our ability to adapt.

Today I'm celebrating being unapologetically human, accepting my imperfections, and continually finding the courage to redefine my dreams.

Whether you're striving for homeownership, a new career path, or a personal transformation, embrace the process, and remember, it's okay to evolve!

I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories on embracing change and what it means to you. 🌈✨


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