Despite a minor set-back over the weekend (£500 vets bill anyone?) meaning my Debt Free Day has been put back by a month to June 2014, I’m past the halfway mark and really feel like I’m on the home straight. It seems crazy to me that by this time next year I will have paid off my debts and will be back to having a normal life again.
For me, the biggest thing I’m looking forward to is having a home again. At the moment, I feel very much ‘homeless’, spending my time flitting between K’s house and mum’s. I can’t wait to have my own home and be able to put my own mark on it. In fact, when I was going through a ‘mid-debt crisis’ just a week or so ago, I started focussing on the day I have my own place again and thinking about how I will dress it.
Having worked in estate agency for 7-years, I’ve always had a keen interest in interior design and I love looking at how other people decorate their homes. I find it fascinating and really believe it can give you an insight into what a person is like.
At the moment, one of my fellow Essex bloggers, Ria from Urban Butterfly, is redecorating her home and I’m really excited to see what it looks like when she’s done, as she has a fab vintage style and I just know her home is going to be as beautiful as she is! (She was sending me pictures of potential wallpapers she’s looking at and there were some gorgeous ones in there!)
As I’ve mentioned before, this second half of my debt is the most emotionally difficult for me as it’s a case of “so near and yet so far” but I’ve decided to turn the situation on its head and really focus on the finish line; the main part of that being having a home again. I’ve decided to start a scrapbook of ideas and inspirations so I have something to look at during my low points and something to refer back to when the big exciting day comes that it can become a reality! I did think about utilising Pinterest, but decided I’d rather have a physical thing to hold in my hands and flick through when I need it.
So what have I been looking at? Well, I thought I’d show you a few of the pieces I’ve fallen in love with from the John Lewis website – I think you’ll be able to see a general theme running through them…
Until I put these all on one page, I didn’t realise quite how ‘cosy’ my ideal home interior was! My previous home was very modern with lots of chrome and glass, but this is the complete opposite, however, I think it is much more suited to the person I am these days.
Although I don’t have my own home to decorate yet, I definitely feel that this will be the next big thing in life for me after I’ve paid off my debts, so I think I might start including interior design and homewares on my blog. I haven’t done so before because thinking about these sort of things reminded me of everything I had lost, but now I can see the finish line ahead of me, I definitely feel like it’s looking forwards rather than backwards.