Most Valuable Purchase of 2014


I love The B Bar so am excited to participate in their new monthly link up. Each month they’ll pose a question & a series of bloggers will be answering it (go to the bottom of the post for all the participating bloggers’ links!). This month’s: What did you purchase in the past year that became invaluable to you? It didn’t take much thought: our house! But it’s not really just about having a new house & more space. It’s really been the lifestyle change that came with it.

To be fair our lives changed much earlier but this house represents the final frontier of adulthood. We had long ago ended our days of walking to the bars & spending our weekend mornings hungover. Our dog was the first to nail us down to our home more often. Obviously having a baby drastically changed our lives & priorities. But this new house in the suburbs was the final step for me, the moment that represented there was no more hiding the fact that I was truly & seriously an adult.

The thing is when we first put in a bid on this house I thought it would take me months to get over moving counties & no longer being in such an urban area. It took… days? We didn’t utilize all that made that neighborhood great anymore. We are homebodies, with a kid that’s in bed by 7:30. We are also tired & weekend nights often involve TV or a book in bed. This house could be anywhere & my life wouldn’t really change that much!

My commute is about 10 minutes to work, with an extra 5 to drop my daughter off at daycare. I used to live 30 minutes away from both. My world got a little smaller with this house but it also became much more convenient. I’m not wasting as much time in the car or plotting out how to run errands.

This house also represents our future: growing as a family. Our old house was never going to be our forever home but this one I can see my daughter playing soccer in the backyard or doing her homework in the dining room. She’s going to have friends hang out here. She’s going to learn to talk here, maybe even graduate high school here.

I have never felt more settled than I do in this house & I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t feel stuck, I don’t feel stagnant. But I do feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.




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12 thoughts on “Most Valuable Purchase of 2014

  1. Anita

    Buying a house is one of those big milestones that I really look forward to one day. I love what you said about not using what urban living had to offer anymore — so true that we outgrow/grow into new surroundings.

    Always, Anita

    P.S. I wrote about leasing our apartment, funny enough! A new home is definitely a valuable purchase. πŸ™‚

  2. Erica

    Ooh, I love your response! We just moved last week. Our main priority was to be closer to work. With a baby on the way, we wanted to be closer to each other throughout the day for lunchtime visits or in case I need some help at home. It’s only been a week, but we both agree it was the right decision for us. And you’re completely correct – I’m way past the days of going out to the local bars. Now I prefer a quiet restaurant and an early night!

  3. Victoria McGinley

    Girl, if I had purchased a house last year, you can bet that would’ve been my most invaluable purchase too. Cheers to feeling settled…my husband and I are right behind ya! πŸ™‚


    1. The Yuppie Files Post author

      Glad I’m not the only one! It’s a bit of an emotional acceptance that yes, I am a suburbanite.

  4. Jenn

    You know, so many people are afraid of feeling “settled”. But I think it’s the best feeling in the whole entire world, I really do. And it doesn’t mean you can’t ever do any of the things you used to do. Now you get to choose! If you want to stay in and read, you stay in and read! If you have a babysitter and want to go out for a drink, you go out for a drink! The hubby and I have always been big homebodies, so I’ve never had issues giving up the old lifestyle. I get the urge to go out dancing every once and a while, but pizza and beer on the couch with a Liam Neeson movie usually end up sounding better! Congrats on both the house and the baby girl!

    1. The Yuppie Files Post author

      Thank you Jenn! I definitely feel more at ease in this stage of my life than I ever did in my twenties where I’d go out. It’s good to be a homebody!

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