For many years, I dreamed of living in Manhattan. I felt such a pull inside of me to be there after I visited it the first time, and every time thereafter. I looked into going to NYU for a Master's degree in Art Therapy. I have a BA in Psychology and always wanted to work with children in a therapeutic setting.
It's such a cliché, I know, but I imagined my tiny apartment, a cool job, riding on the subway, walks in central park, and being surrounded by an energy that can be found nowhere else on earth.
That was my dream. I imagined having kids there. Moving to a brownstone in Greenwich Village (sigh) and living an amazing life. I even cried at times when I thought this dream might not come true.
But then, life happens, and dreams change. I started an art therapy program at a local college, but found that wasn't for me and left during the first year. I began working from home selling my art, graphic design work and home decor online. My husband and I lived in an affordable townhouse and felt a longing to own our own home.
When looking for locations (Manhattan was obviously out because we couldn't afford it), we found the perfect little home for us in a small (and I mean small) town, about 25 minutes away from our current place. The price was right and the taxes were low (which is hard to find in New York State).
And then we had our first child, who now loves to run and play in our spacious backyard. She would do it all day every day if she could. This girl needs wide open spaces.
older home. It's a modest house without any frills, but a charm all its own. It is a far cry from a Greenwich Village brownstone, but I have found peace here.
The kitchen is what we will be tackling this summer.
A stream travels alongside our road where you can almost always find ducks swimming.
And one day, I glanced out the backdoor and saw this guy pecking away at a tree...
While it is quiet and simple, we have made a life here. And I love watching my children run and play and enjoy our humble house that is all they know of home.
life out here. And I hope you will consider following along with me through email or other social media, if you want to stay up to date on my current posts. As always, thank you for visiting!
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