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My Life In Cardboard Boxes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
For the last two years I have been basically living out of boxes. My husband, fiancé at the time, and I moved from Arizona back home to California to get married a little over two years ago. The plan was never to stay in California very long, but because of circumstances beyond our control we stayed for a year.

We needed to stay close to home and help take care of some family members, and we wanted to help take care of things around the house that they just weren't fully capable of doing at the time. For a while I had struggled with the fact that we were still in California, I know that everything happens for a reason, but I couldn't understand why we were still there. I soon found out that it was to help our family.

Eventually, things got better and we decided to move back to Arizona. We were so excited that we sort of jumped into it, and because of that, we ended up staying with a friend for the last 10 months. It hasn't been easy, but at the same time it has been fun. I had never had a roommate before. I lived at home while I went to community college, and after 11 months of dating my husband we moved to Arizona together and I went to Arizona State University. I don't count my husband as a roommate, even though we had to learn how to live with one another. It was a big transition for the both of us. So, having a true roommate was something I'd never had before. It was fun. There has been lots of take-out, movies, and Mass Effect (even though I'm more of a Call of Duty girl).

The time has finally come, the date has been set, and we are finally getting another apartment. It isn't as nice as the ones we are used to, our budget has changed, but it's ours. On the 6th of December, we will officially be broke! I'm just kidding, but things will be tight. It doesn't matter though. I've come to the realization that the past two years were important. I've learned to be more frugal and more of a minimalist -- instead of just my swipe attitude. I appreciate more and would rather have a few nice things than a bunch of things I don't need. Everything really does happen for a reason, and I am so thankful for all of the help and all of the learning over the last two years. I can't wait for whats ahead!