This should be called the 'No Matter What' blog :) Every week for over 6 years I've written something, even when chaos has been raging - usually due to the house renovations.
From Monday all I have to focus on is relaxing - and letting all the bad memories go!
At last, I'm giving up the stresses of maintaining a 3 bedroom, 3 reception room Victorian house that always needs repairing somewhere - for a small leasehold flat that will be looked after for me. All I have to think about is decorating the inside how I want it - no more worries about the rain coming through the roof!
I spent a year trying to find somewhere - anywhere - with a sea view, and I had a list which included glimpses of the sea over the rooftops from an attic bedroom - but nothing that came anywhere near close to my dream. I decided to focus on one town, and learn all I could about the different areas. There is the main coast road facing the sea that has beautiful old converted buildings - but their descriptions of a sea view were stretching things, because most of the flats were hidden by trees or other obstacles.
I decided I didn't care about a premium address, because all I cared about was the view. I found a cheaper area with the views I wanted, but they only had one bedroom and a combined kitchen and living space, which would have been impossible to squeeze 20 years of collected stuff into. I still kept focusing on this road, and I was very disappointed when one I'd told the estate agent I was interested in was taken off the market and rented out. I was angry at the time that the agents hadn't told the owner that I wanted to buy it, but the Universe was listening to my heart, and knew what I really wanted.
I have a lovely garden, which is rare for a house near the city centre, and I would look out at it knowing I'd miss watching things grow and change with the seasons. After I'd found my second lot of buyers, who were actually genuine, and not trying to take advantage by knocking the price down after everything had gone through the solicitors - I realised this was serious - I had to find somewhere, and fast.
This old seaside town has very few parking spaces, and access was difficult, so I was happy to find a flat with a car park, and it also had a lift, which very few have. The contact at the estate agent was very helpful, and I arranged a survey while I waited every day for a week for the promised phone call from their sales team. None came, and I couldn't tell my buyers I hadn't found anywhere...
I kept up my stress-relieving ZPoint to deal with all the frustration, and I kept visualizing myself looking out at the sea. I now knew there was a flat out there that answered my needs, even if the agents were doing nothing to sell it to me... but I still kept looking out at my garden blossoming into summer.
At the end of that week a new flat came on to the market - not only did it have a designated parking space, and a lift - it also had a balcony! These are even rarer than hen's teeth, and one I'd enquired about before wasn't safe to use. The estate agent hadn't replied to my email, and they were closed over the weekend - so they were two very long days.
When I got in touch with the estate agent on the Monday she answered all my questions - and sent a memorandum of sale the next day. At last - super efficiency! And she's been brilliantly supportive all the way through this long and exhausting process - so she'll be getting a second bouquet of flowers delivered on Monday!
Woohoo! Thank you Universe for knowing what I dreamed of, even though I didn't think it was possible - and proving there's a reason why everything else didn't work out - because they're bringing something better than I could have ever imagined!
(Photo from the estate agent's details.)
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." ~ Robert Goddard
"Everyone has dreams. But it is what you do with these dreams that is important. Dreams, once you make the decision to act on them can become reality." ~ Glynis Nunn
"Give yourself the freedom to explore the possibility of life without limits. Goals are dreams with deadlines, a means to an end but not the ultimate purpose of life." ~ Glynis Nunn