I really wanted to share this with you guys as you are my family.
So, this year has been stressful in many ways, some a good kind of stress (if there is such a thing) but I am embarking on a new journey. That of home ownership, two years shy of my 50th birthday.
It's exciting, unreal, and terrifying all at the same time.
For a kid who grew up in rental homes, often moving every year and sometimes at night because my parents owed rent, part of me has always thought I would never own a home.
But with interest rates the lowest they have been in this country for decades, the realisation that I could own a small home for the same or less as I am paying rent, made me decide to just try and see if it could happen.
And it has. The bond was approved yesterday, and I gave notice on the home I've rented for nearly 13 years.
Exciting and busy times ahead. Its a small ground floor unit in a newly built Lifestyle Estate (the big thing here these days) and what made it irresistible is that the garden overlooks a river. I'm looking forward to mornings and evenings of sitting out there, coffee cup in hand, enjoying the sound of the river flowing, the frogs and crickets, and knowing that little piece of this planet is mine, even if only for a fleeting moment.