Is Suburban Living Overrated?

I spent two years of commuting from North Saint Louis County to Downtown St. Louis , for work . I was driving more than twenty minutes each way for work and my son’s school. The two of us were living in a 2 bedroom rental. It was a cute little 2 bedroom house.  I had the luxury of having a driveway a designated office space and the convenience of having an laundry area in the basement!  It was nice, plenty of space, but a not so great neighborhood!  We needed a change and I grew up near the Downtown area, so it didn’t take long for me to make a decision to move back to familiar territory. This journey was a little different because I was losing a lot of space and privacy. But, I decided to make the the jump and we moved  into a two bedroom apartment right in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, there is so much history and everything is right outside my door! I can walk to work, restaurants, shopping etc.

 My son’s school  is a  less than a mile from our house.  We went from our rental to sharing a 1 laundry room that serves 90 units!  Don’t get my wrong there have been sacrifices. The driveway is now a distant fantasy and I  pay for parking in an underground garage. Climbing three flights of stairs with groceries can be a challenge but also a great way to get into shape. I knew my son would be losing out on being able to go out and play in a “traditional” neighborhood but he loves it and he attends the Boys and Girls Club .  There is so much diversity in the city, culturally, racially and economically. I want him to be prepared for the real world and be able to be around people who are different from himself without compromising his convictions. He has a long life ahead of him and so do I!

Until next time…

Simple Living…

With all of the ideas, meetings, discussions & decisions etc. that are thrown at us each day. It’s not surprising that most of us are exhausted & aren’t really enjoying our life. Sure, there are times that we feel fulfilled and excited about what our next project will be! However, most of the time we’re running on fumes & feel defeated. I want to be able to say that there is a way to never experience stress or feeling unappreciated but the truth is it takes work on our part to really live in abundance. Although, living in abundance doesn’t mean that we’re drama free. It means that we’ve found a way to live a fulfilling & meaningful life with purpose. If you’re debt free & money isn’t an issue, that doesn’t mean that you’re living a meaningful life. I’m learning that it is good to live simpler. When I cut back a little on whatever it is that I like to indulge in…in that moment I feel less pressure and overtime I find my life to be more meaningful and my emotions shift from feeling defeated to feeling satisfied and then my purpose becomes more clear to me.

Until next time…