Life of a Blogger - Prized Possession
My good friend, Jessi, over at Novel Heartbeat runs this awesome feature as a way for her followers to get to know her better! Check out the list of upcoming topics here.
A few months ago, one of the Life of a Blogger topics was 101 favourite things and, even though I had decided to narrow it down to a top ten list, I still had a hard time coming up with THINGS that were my favourites. Of course, if I were to include people, or places, or moments, 101 things would have been a snap, but I was trying to think of material things. And, you know, I'm not too materialistic, but I still would have thought that I could have picked ten things around my house that I cherish. Yet, I missed the posting deadline because I only had three items on my list!
Now today's topic my prized possession. This is even harder, Jessi, since I had trouble coming up with ten! But I'm going to go with something big, because this has been on my mind a lot lately. In 2008, my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided to purchase our first home. The real estate market is RIDICULOUS in Vancouver, and prices were shooting through the roof. Since we were poised to host the Winter Olympics in 2010, rumours were flying that our prices would go even higher once the world could see how beautiful Vancouver is. So we decided to purchase a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, 900 square foot condo. A starter home, hoping that we could easily sell in five years (or less), make some money and move into a larger home for the family that we hoped to have.
Well, here we are six and a half years later, and we're still in the same condo. If we were to sell today, we'd likely sell for a lot less than what we paid for it. We might be able to walk away with our down payment, but we'd likely lose the equity that we've paid into it. At times, this has been frustrating because our plan had been to live here for a shorter period of time, and then upgrade. Yet I also have to remind myself that we are extremely fortunate to even be able to own our own home and to have a roof over our heads. Although our condo isn't huge, we have enough space so that Marko has his own room (even if he shares it with my husband's chess library). So, even though we have our moments of regret that we jumped into a housing market that subsequently crashed, I do know that our home is our most prized possession and one that we are most fortunate to have.
What about you? What's your most prized possession? Leave me a comment below!