HGTV has some pretty sweet home/car sweeps. The Dream Homes are usually over-the-top luxurious; the Green Homes (now Smart Homes) are my dream homes- my favorite thus far being the home in Denver (though Serenbe was a very close second); and the Urban Oasis homes are kick-ass, gorgeous pads in hip cities (I still drool over the Chicago home). It’s like entering a free lottery.
The Urban Oasis this year is in the great city of Boston. Every time I enter the sweeps, this song starts going through my head:
Granted, the extra costs that come along with the homes are generally far greater than “normal” people can afford (thus they have to take the cash option), but the taxes, home association fees, condo fees, etc. are not what dominate my mind when I click the “enter” button. I don’t think other people are typically mulling over the extra costs, either.
I envision the act of starting over. Fresh. Packing our belongings. Leaving this small town in southern Nevada and heading elsewhere. Setting up a room for Maya with a play space and a big window so she can see the leaves changing colors in the fall and the moon glowing at night. Preparing homemade pizzas in a bright, happy kitchen, maybe even as the dark-haired man who keeps popping into my dreams at night hands me an ale and we watch Maya chasing a dog in the backyard. Picking ripe tomatoes off the vine in my little garden. Sitting outside in the early morning with a fleece blanket wrapped around me and giant mug of coffee warming my hands as I watch the world awaken. Ok, I can do the last one right now, but the experience could be enhanced if I sat in my own back yard and watched squirrels bounce around a tree.
Truthfully, when it comes down to it, I’m blessed. I have a decent job, a healthy kid, and food on my table, which not all people can claim. Plus, I’m happy, even if my daughter does drive me batshit crazy at times. I’m slowly working my way toward making that dream of mine a reality. I have a couple of long weekends planned (to the beach! to Austin!) and then I’m right back to digging my heels in for that goal. Barring unfortunate events, my savings should be at a level where we can migrate to a new city within the next year– two years tops. I’m not sitting back and waiting for a miracle to occur in order for me to reach my destination. But… wouldn’t it be nice to have the funds to make that drastic change sooner rather than later?
I’m not trying to run from myself (because that never works out well– plus, I feel pretty damn good), but to enhance my life, surround myself with like-minded individuals, and give my child the chance to flourish in a more creative and open-minded atmosphere. I enter the sweeps, I give myself a minute to dream, and then I turn my attention to what I’m doing right now to make my “starting over” vision my reality.
Anyone else dream of packing their belongings and busting out of their current digs to start fresh? Where would you go?