Saturday, June 16, 2012

On My Own.

I really, truly did have every intention to stay on top of blogging during the schoolyear, but clearly intentions and reality sometimes clash (whoops!). With so many of my students taking the GED, that became my life, and I really didn't think that there were enough hours in the day to get everything done - and four of my students (out of 6 who registered to take the GED) passed it, so yay for them! 

Surprise breakfast celebration essentials for my students:

This entire year has been a year of firsts - some good, some bad. One of the biggest bittersweet moments was me moving out of my parents house and into one of Poppy's little houses (he owned a few properties). This was the first house that he and my Nana lived in after they were married and had no money, and so to move in there and be on my own was such a growing experience. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to thrive being on my own or if I would get lonely, so before I moved and started paying rent or paying a mortgage, this was a nice trial to determine if I'd want to look for roommates/live on my own.

You guys - living on my own was maybe the most liberating experience of my life. I THRIVED on it and love every second of having the choice of alone time/inviting people over. Everything became more fun - I didn't even mind cleaning my house because I took pride in having it look a certain way.

See, I made responsible food/drink choices! (P.S. Are we Instagram friends yet?! Add me! LittleAllygator ).

Unfortunately, the house was sold within a month and a half - unheard of in our area, and especially at the very high asking price (and after the first open house FOUR offers came in, two above listing price). It was another bittersweet thing - the time and energy that went into making this my home was gone in a matter of weeks. But as with all things in life, you can choose the positive or the negative outlook - and I'm tired of being negative about things. I could cry about having to move back home, but instead, I thought that it showed that I'm stronger than I realized - I can live and THRIVE on my own, which is not something that everyone can do. I learned a lot and will take that (and all my kick ass furniture and decorations) with me when I get my own place for real.

And of course, decorating was my favorite part about it. I Tweeted pictures here and there, but now it's time for me to bore you silly with pictures of how much fun I had decorating/living solo.

I tried to be an adult and make my own coffee - which made me very grateful that there were at least 4 Starbucks within a 10 minute radius. 

My bedroom (This bed was seriously the most comfortable bed ever - all I need is a Pottery Barn headboard and I'm SET):

See what I did here - religion/religion (whomp whomp):

Living Room (with vintage wingchairs that were Poppy's, a Mad Men themed bar I made myself, and some of the most awesome art I've ever found covering the walls). 

Excuse my yoga mat, si vous plait. 

I tried to have fresh flowers whenever possible:


In the kitch (Anthropologie bowls and kitchy mugs):

Closet space(s) - I think I need maybe 10 closets:

Cooking in mi casa - vegetarian taco night with my parents, and copious amounts of wine/drinks with every meal. 

Beefless beef for tacos!

I had a little friend on my car one morning:

Easter basket 2012 
(yes, I am 24 years old and still get kick ass Easter baskets).

Now that the school year is wrapping up on Friday, it will HOPEFULLY be back to more regular posting, commenting, and seeing what all you amazing people are up to. I miss you all and I'm so thankful for all your support this past year when I've really, really needed it. Love you guys to pieces! 

What is your decorating style - even if it's just for your bedroom? What are things that you decorate with to make your room/apartment/house yours? 

Currently listening to: We'll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris ft. Example