We’ve made some major changes in our lives over the past few months. For starters, we got hitched in May. You already knew that unless you’re just tuning in for the first time. And if you are, welcome!
What happened next surprised us though. A good surprise in retrospect but the type of surprise we weren’t totally prepared for. It knocked the wind out of us at first actually. We picked up suddenly and moved to Cape May, NJ. Permanently. We quickly consolidated two houses into one small beach bungalow. You could call it the great downsize of 2013. We sold tons of furniture, donated pounds of clothes and narrowed down our favorite housewares.
We made the decision to move in June after being faced with some tough issues primarily related to Ryan’s MS which he was diagnosed with last year. I’ll save all of the gritty details for my future best-selling memoir. Ultimately we decided what is most important to us is living a simple healthy life together in a place we love. We made the quick decision to eliminate unnecessary noise and chaos and to leave the grind behind. Why wait the previously planned 15-20 years to move to our beloved Cape May? We packed up truckload after truckload and settled into our beach bungalow turned forever home in August. Now we live somewhere between the woods of Cape May and the sandy shore of the Delaware Bay. It is quiet, restful and simple.
We’ve taken on a motto of living on less which is a bit of a change from my previous fill-every-closet-in-the-house lifestyle. Who am I kidding? Once a hoarder, always a hoarder but I have been making smarter decisions about what I actually need and what collected anecdotes make me happy. We only have two closets in the entire house and one dresser each so excess clothing was the first to go. It is kind of refreshing to have such limitations in a way.
But living on less doesn’t mean bare rooms and no fun. Trust me. There will be lots of room makeovers now that we’re settled into our new permanent address. Well, four room makeovers if I have my way. Several are already in progress. We have just four rooms in our 1000 square foot home and two bathrooms plus loads of outdoor space. Doesn’t it sound freeing to only have to maintain four rooms? All two and a half of us really do not need more space than that.
Don’t get me wrong, we are not living in total seclusion here. I still love the action that the city has to offer. We make frequent trips “up north” but are thrilled to come home to our peaceful, collected abode by the sea.
And being that I built a business based on beautiful things, the hunting and gathering will continue. Joyfully! I’ll continue to sell vintage and repurposed wares at The West End Garage in Cape May. Let’s call that our flagship store, shall we? Plus on our frequent trips to Philly, we’ll pop up at our favorite Clover Market. And of course, I’ll continue to be a driving force with milk paint at Serendipity Shops in Doylestown plus it is available for sale online. In fact, I have another demo coming up on November 17th at 1pm.
That’s our big news! Coming to you from Cape May, NJ. When the world gives you lemons, take them to the beach…