Anyway, this normal amount of spare time was starting to make me feel weird. Like I'm doing something wrong. Everyone else is so busy, I must be forgetting something out of the manual of life. But you know what? I realized I'm looking at this the wrong way. When we were both in school and working at the same time a little over 2 years ago, the type of person I am now is who I used to look at in envy. Past-me would have looked at present-me and thought that how unfair it was that my life is so easy. It's easy because I accomplished my goals. This is my reward, and I should be grateful about it and enjoy it right now. I shouldn't be looking elsewhere and worrying that my life isn't hard enough. That's silly. I was feeling unsettled for all the wrong reasons.
It doesn't mean that I've run out of goals; we're just transitioning between goals. We've finished our goals of school and getting started on our career tracks. Now we're just hanging out here for a bit and refining those goals and working down debt before tackling the next big thing. I'm sure once we decide that children should enter the picture, life will be anything but easy. But that won't be for a least a couple years. We like where we are now, and we want to enjoy it a little.
On a different, less philosophical note: I had my first Pinterest fail the other day. Let me start from the beginning. I was trying to rearrange our living area. This is what our living area used to look like.
|Pardon the 2 minute photoshop job - I didn't have a "before photo" so I (BADLY) photoshopped the after photo.|
So, my ideas were to move the TV and add a hanging light. We turned the bookcase on it's side so it's more like an entertainment center and put the TV on top of that to free up the mantle. Then I got a CD/DVD case binder and ditched the plastic covers movies come in. This opened up a lot of bookcase space - nothing is double stacked and is easy to access. Then I got rid of the paper floor lamp the husband found in the dumpster while at Emory and got a swag kit to hang a light from the ceiling without too many holes/destruction. This is where the fail comes in; I found this light on Pinterest and thought "hey, that's cool, I can do that!"
|as found on http://www.craftynest.com/2009/03/hemp-pendant-lamps/|
|Final result: feels much less cluttered.|