After 12 wonderful years in our Southridge Lakes neighborhood home, we moved. We purchased a slightly smaller, much older, fixer-upper on roughly 2 acres in Southlake. A good number of people were perplexed by our decision so I thought it’d be good time to explain.
Different Lifestyle – While we loved our suburban life, we recently felt God leading our family to a slightly different lifestyle. We wanted to be more intentional living for things that are important to us and less for what the world views as important. We are willing to be the odd Southlake family living in a 1979 ranch home with chickens, greenhouses, etc.
Real Food – Thanks to Danielle we’ve been slowly removing packaged and processed foods from our pantry and replacing it with real food – vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, etc. I’ve been growing some of our own food via aquaponics but really needed a greenhouse to take it to the next level. Maybe someday I’ll be able to grow enough food to call this a real urban farm.
Self Reliance – When our grandparents moved into their first home they got chickens, planted a garden, built their own fence, fixed their own cars, etc… Our parents may have skipped the chickens but still planted a garden and did their own work around the house. Now we’ve become 100% reliant on our grocery store, fast food, handyman, mechanic, plumber, maid service and lawn man. Personally, I’m ready to live a little more like our grandparents did.
Lower Overhead – Now that my income is based solely on my own businesses and investments, I’m interested in lowering our overhead to avoid a return to the corporate life. This requires some real sacrifices, including a smaller home with lower utilities, taxes, mortgage, etc.. Speaking of utilities, we really use electricity in everyday basis and for months we’ve been having horrid electricity bills. We also wanted to take this opportunity to go for an energy efficient approach, so we switched to Champion Energy. We really were shocked of how less we payed for our electric bills. You can check some of the Champion Energy reviews here. Taking on a much smaller mortgage will allow us to reach our goal of being debt free relatively quickly.
Renovation Challenge – Danielle and I have renovated a few investment properties over the years so we have a bit of experience. We look forward to the challenge of renovating this house to make it our home. We will do most of the work ourselves (remember self reliance?) while living in the property with 4 busy kiddos.