Having a Home and Not a Hotel

It’s Friday, and with any luck, I’ll be moving into the new house today. And although the people here at the hotel have been amazing, nothing beats having a home you can call your own. Especially considering where I used to live.

For one thing, I don’t have to worry about it raining and leaking into my office. The mold and mildew were doing a number on my allergies!

Why it Took So Long?

If you’ve never bought a house before, it’s virtually a joke. My roommate had to jump through a ton of hoops to prove to the lender that he wasn’t a terrorist and actually had the money.

In reality, it almost seemed like the lender was looking for any small reason not to lend the money.

Then we spent the last 30 days sending documents back and forth, piecemeal, which is a pain since my roommate Dan and I are in completely separate parts of Colorado. And I was the contact person to send or print these documents.

Why not have everything a person needs in one contract and be done with it? Or at least provide a list of things you need from the get-go. A checklist would have saved so much aggravation and time.

Needless to say, the next house I buy will be in cash. This going through a lender crap is way too stressful and time-consuming. If this is what it’s like for every lender, I’d rather rent.

Immediate Plans for Having a Home

Because of the last month and a half, I’m not 100% convinced we have the house yet, but I’m staying positive. In an hour or so, Dan will have signed the contract and we can start moving in.

So today, I am going to focus on positive energy and imagine having a home and my own space.

Setting Up the Office

I am truly excited about the prospect of having an actual office. No more people walking behind me, bugging me when I’m trying to work, or listening to my daughter play games with her friends.

The fun part is decorating. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has put a bit of a hindrance on going to Ikea and other furniture stores. So, it’ll be a bit slow of a transition in the background of my videos.

Still, it’s going to be nice having my own space for once.

Here’s how big of a dork I am…I can’t wait to hang up my whiteboards and buy some new dry erase markers! I’m probably going to dump a lot of money at Office Depot.

WriterSanctuary.com

One of the biggest issues I have right now is not being able to get the videos up on WriterSanctuary’s YouTube channel like I want. I am distracted quite often and have a really slow upload speed from the hotel.

That changes next week.

And now that I have a good handle of how my daily schedules go, I should get a lot more done for WriterSanctuary’s blog. It’s been getting a lot of attention as of late, and I don’t want to lose the momentum.

ColoradoPlays.com

Another element to having a home and office is being able to dump a lot more time into ColoradoPlays. This means more blogging, more videos, and perhaps the newsletter that I keep promising.

I am working on training my son to write this next week, so the site should get a lot more content. And, we’ve started planning out the gaming videos and live streams.

Although my heart and soul are in WriterSanctuary, ColoradoPlays holds a special place for me as it’s our platform for helping various charities. And every day that goes by when I don’t do something for the brand makes me feel like I’m letting those charities down.

CrossingColorado.com

The site that started my weight loss journey has all been crushed by Google’s algorithm. Once the traffic was decimated so severely, it’s been really hard to get back into making content.

However, I am working on trying to find that passion again. After all, I would still love to look like a superhero for Halloween.

Though, I think I’m going to pivot all of the gamifying fitness stuff over to ColoradoPlays. It just makes more sense, really. However, I’m still going to catalog my journey and see if I can revive the site.

More Personal Writing

Perhaps one of the biggest hopes I have for having a home and workspace is being able to work on my own personal writing projects without interruption.

I’ve done quite a bit on VII this past month from the hotel. However, I am still being interrupted by various people and situations. Which is fine, thanks to the current state of everything.

But I can’t wait to just shut my door and have “me” time.

With any luck, and a lot of hard work, I should have VII completed by the end of May. Well, the rough draft of it anyway. Then comes the editing part.

More Client Work

Along with all of the other things I have going on, I still need to make clients happy. And even though I think I’m still doing a good job from the hotel, the lack of stress from working in my own office will impact my work.

Most of all, at least right now, is how excited I am to work on a client’s YouTube channel. Now that I’ll have a professional background, I’m looking forward to see what I can do about improving the social image of the brand.

And I have a ton of ideas that I can’t wait to promote.

Applying for WordCamp Denver?

I am on the fence about applying to WordCamp Denver this year. The cut-off point is next week, so I didn’t want to apply until I knew for sure I would have a home. After all, it’s going to be online and I need a professional appearance behind me on camera.

Now that I am getting things set up this weekend, I am really debating on applying to host a talk about content writing in WordPress.

What’s holding me back a bit is coming up with a great topic. You see, I still have issues with impostor syndrome and often don’t feel that I’m worthy enough. Perhaps this is a step to overcome those thoughts and prove to myself that I am capable.

Having a Home Reduces the Stress

The most profound element to this whole situation is how having a home is going to greatly reduce my stress level. Don’t get me wrong, the hotel has been a good way to survive. But there’s something to be said about a place that is your own.

And if something breaks, we can fix it immediately without waiting on a landlord who doesn’t care about the property.

I mean, come on. We told him two and a half years ago the roof was missing shingles. In the meantime, the water leakage all but ruined that back room.

Before I go off on a tangent…

My point is that I am already feeling the weight coming off my shoulders. Even though I still am 10% skeptical something else is going to delay the signing, I’m still excited about moving stuff in tonight.

More Fortunate than Many

I consider myself lucky, in the grand scheme of things. There are a lot of people out there who are far less fortunate than I trying to make ends meet.

In fact, it feels as though my workflow picked up during this world crisis.

The current state of the world is why I try to do as much charity stuff as I can. But a part of me often thinks that I shouldn’t have to because humanity shouldn’t let it get this bad.

At any rate, I hope you are safe and secure. Take care of yourself.

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