Wow! I can't believe how much time has passed since I last posted some news, how time flies! A lot has happened too. But where to begin?
Sadly, back in June my landlords having decided to sell their house, gave me notice and my time to move came on the 15th June. It was a busy week of trying to organise my three cats, dog, and belongings and for a good old sort out of what was to take to the charity shop, and what was coming with me in my back pack on the train. I was sad to have one last swim with my friends. and not knowing if I would get back to swim in the Lake District again.
Moving to a completely new area is hard. But thankfully I was mostly too busy to give things a second thought, and I just took things one step at a time. I had never been on this train route with three changes, and I hoped that my cats wouldn't get too stressed out in their travel box as I carried them between each train connection. But it all went smoothly, and the guesthouse owners (who also have pets) took to my tribe very well. everyone has settled into life in a guesthouse room far better than I could have hoped for.
Buying a Forever Home
Much of the time in the guesthouse had been waiting around, and getting very frustrated at others not doing things as fast as I wanted. The mortgage application had all been approved before I moved to the guesthouse, the deposit had been paid on a plot for a new build home, and the solicitor had been instructed. But then disaster hit, and there was a glitch with the mortgage, and then a very long wait whilst they tried to work out what the glitch was and how it had happened.
I started to look at other, less expensive properties, saw my own bank, and a number of mortgage brokers, all as a back up plan, but it didn't make me feel any better, and I felt like time was slipping away, costing me more and more money as I was turning down work whilst I waited, and was too anxious to focus on my writing.
A Big decision
In the end, I decided that for my own sanity, I needed to be back in control of things, to be the master of my own destiny. There was one thing for it. I would have to buy the house for cash, that way not needing to go through the long wait and expense of a mortgage and playing middle (wo)man between mortgage company and my accountant (more expense!!). I decided that I would take a risk, and instead of using my time worrying and waiting, I would put that into writing the books I wanted to write.
Finding a Routine
With my mind made up to buy the house for cash, I needed to calculate how many sales I would need to make to raise the cash, and from there I put a writing time table together. Now I just had to implement this on a daily basis. But I had already started to form bad habits and routines of being in the guesthouse and I was also working to the guesthouse timetable with meals and daily room cleanings, and the needs of my pets, and being in a new area, without my trusted petsitters.
This week I set myself one challenge, and that was to go to Starbucks every day for a drink, and to only take my notebook and pen with me, and to write - free from the distractions of my laptop and phone, and the lure of a quick nap, to kill time whilst I waited for life to happen around me. It was hard to get back into the habit of getting things done, but I did it, and this week I'll be stepping things up a bit more. Building on the success of last week.
A New Book
This week I managed to write out the plot and to design the cover art for my new book, a romantic comedy set in the Caribbean. My next goal for the week ahead will be to get words written each day, and to keep to my routine.
I've certainly set myself a huge challenge ahead, to buy a house for cash, but the pros of doing this, mean that I will have such an amazing quality of life, in a home that will be mine forever. Stakes are high, but I recon they are worth it!