(01) Move into a "big girl" house
When I drafted my current 101 in 1,001 list, the very first item that came to mind was moving into a house. At the time, I seriously doubted whether I would cross this one off, as the thing I hate most is moving.
I've been pretty happy with the places I've lived since graduating from college, but every single one of them included sharing a wall with my neighbors. The older I got, the less I wanted to be that close to people.
I talked a little bit last winter about my housing search (what I thought would be a two week process stretched into three months!). Although it was excruciating at the time, I'm glad it took as long as it did because I love my new place. I found my roommate on Craigslist, surprisingly enough.
Not sharing space with neighbors and having an actual yard (with a fire pit!) is amazing. It's an older house which I love, and is miraculously all one floor. That wasn't a deal breaker, but ever since I fell down the stairs and broke my ankle, I've been iffy with stairs. Another perk is living in East Nashville which is one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in town. The area is crawling with hipsters and I'm definitely not cool enough, but that'll rub off on me a little I'm sure.
My word for last year was "rooted" and moving here definitely feels like another way I'm putting down roots in Nashville. It hasn't been easy to fight for a future here, but I'm glad I haven't given up.
One of my favorite things about this house is the little breakfast bar (with glitter countertops!). And my third roommate Sampson is pretty cool too.