Alright I admit it: I'm definitely awaiting that day where I can move out of my parents' house and really become that independent young woman I've always visualized. I'm craving my own independence, a newfound lifestyle, and a sense of freedom. Who doesn't, right?! In the meantime though, I'm really making an effort to count my blessings, and as much as living at home with my parents can drive me bonkers, I know I'm very blessed to have them supporting me until that day arrives. I think about the advantages and all the good things to get me through in those times where I'm, quite literally, ready to pack up my bags and venture out onto my own. Here's what I came up with!:
♥ The obvious one: Saving Money Ever notice how things these days are just so expensive? I'm talking everything!: a car, buying / renting a place, even money for groceries have sky-rocketed! At least if you're living with a partner or several room mates, you can help split the cost nicely. Brian and I are actually waiting until both our jobs are more settle and permanent before we make that next big leap together. At least in the meantime, we're doing a-okay saving up that extra little bit until that time comes.
♥ Homemade Meals. Both my parents somehow manage to get out of work before me. After a sometimes long and brutal commute, it's always a nice feeling coming home to a well cooked, homemade meal. Every Friday night, we have Chinese too which is always a great end to the week!
♥ Sharing Clothes Believe it or not, but my mom and I tend to share shirts, blouses, sweaters and sometimes dresses quite a bit. I've found we have very similar styles and we both work in the same type of environment that require a very similar wardrobe. It can be very handy on one hand (except maybe when she's stealing my stuff without asking first!) and it's another great money saver. My sister and I also share from time to time, too (except we usually ask each other before hand!) This brings me to:
♥ The Sister I am lucky to have a younger sister who is like a best friend to me. She is hilarious, a great listener and totally "gets" me. Naturally, we’ve had similar experiences growing up in the same household so we’re able to relate to each other in a way no one else really can. If ever I need her advice on something or just need someone to vent to on a bad day, I can knock on her bedroom door right beside mine and she's all ears.
♥ Loud Music Often when I’m doing a workout, I turn up the music to get energized, and my parents have more or less always been okay with this (maybe they don’t mind my music taste?) The same goes if we have some friends over and someone decides they wanna turn the music up to “get the party started.” As long as the sound doesn’t travel beyond the depths of our backyard and disturb the neighbours, then we’re golden. This leads to:
♥ Extra Space My family have always been entertainers and love being the hosts to social gatherings and parties. We love having company or our friends over when our parents are away for the weekend because there's enough space and different rooms for groups to go and mingle. It's also just nice to escape to another part of the house for some down time when you're needing some peace and quiet.
♥ The Cats As much as they drive me nuts, home just isn't home without these three crazies. Every night when I come home, I'm greeted by at least one of them (usually Cartney bugging you to take him outside) and I couldn't imagine being in another place without these guys.
♥ Savouring the Time Even though I can hardly wait to get my own place, I know this time between my family and I is as precious as ever: it won't last forever and there will most definitely come a day where I'll want more than anything to come home to mom and dad. They may be my parents at the end of the day, drive me nuts and of course, we have the occasional argument. But they've always been there for me and - sometimes - they're actually kind of cool? I feel very fortunate to have them there by my side.
And there you have it!
What are some things you like - or don't like! - when you're at home?