In May of 2011, I sat with one of my best friends on her couch, creating our 30 before 30 lists together. One of the items on that list was “buy a house and make it my own”. Two years later, at the age of 23, I became a homeowner. I’m sharing this story not because I think that purchasing a house should be everyone’s goal, but rather because I do believe that with a lot of hard work and determination, you can achieve your goals, however small or lofty they may be!
While I struggled the first six months or so after graduating to simply stay out of credit card debt, by February of 2012, I had pieced together enough jobs to make some decent money. I lived off of my full-time receptionist job and then worked part-time for 7 or 8 different brand promotion companies, the income from which all went to the “down payment fund”. I often worked 7 days a week, sometimes 16 hours a day and 70 hours a week.
Now, I finally had saved for my down payment on a house and I was so stoked! But remember the second part of that 30 before 30 list item was “make it my own”. While I was very fortunate to have amazing family and friends to help, particularly my dad, the amount of work my new little condo needed was no joke! I came home from work almost every day for two months to paint every single inch of the place, rewire light switches, and complete all sorts of other odds and ends.
And eventually I got to the fun part, which was of course decorating! Above are pictures from one of my favorite rooms in the house (who doesn’t love chevron?!) and the first one that I finished.
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