Hey blog fam!
I have been so tired this week! Probably for multiple reasons. Sam’s gone and when he’s not here, it’s so hard for me to get a full night of sleep – but he comes back late tonight, so yay!! Also I’ve been staying up late because I just started watching Making a Murderer!!! Who’s seen it??? I’m on episode 3 and I feel angry about it! So don’t tell me anything past episode 3 – but who’s watched it and what do you think??? And then I’ve been driving back and forth to Lakeway to clean our rental and then nanny for 14 hours straight and then clean again and this morning I was about ready to pass out. So I’m finally sitting here at my computer and I’ve been staring at a blank post page for more than 10 minutes because I just don’t know where to start or go today!
My brain is literally like NO. Take a nap! But I don’t really feel like taking a nap… I could go for a long walk after I write this which I’ll probably do because I found a new FAVORITE podcast by Jamie Ivey called The Happy Hour! She’s Aaron Ivey’s wife and if you’re from Austin you might know that he’s the Worship Pastor at The Austin Stone, and Sam and I used to go to that church! She brings a different girl friend on and they just talk about anything and everything – from struggle and successes to their faith and the things that make us “normal” – pretty much every episode and it’s always SO GOOD. SO check it out!
I also wanted to share that I’m thinking about changing up my blogging schedule a little bit. When I first started blogging I read EVERYWHERE that it’s important to be consistent and if you can post more often, the better – but I just don’t think that’s been working super well for me! I need time for my brain to think and dwell and then put out stuff. So I’ll probably try to post 2-3 times a week and maybe not everyday, although, don’t quote me on that because if I have a week where I feel like posting every day then more power to me! Right? But I wanted to know what you guys think about that? Does having a familiar posting routine matter to you as readers?
Quite honestly I feel like I need a little blogging sabbatical! Or just a vacation in general. With no technology, just my hubby and a few books and a beach somewhere. SOUNDS SO NICE.
We’re actually getting ready to go to Yellowstone the end of this month (not the beach…)…which I think I may have mentioned in a previous post but I am excited and also – I’m seriously having night mares about running into grizzly bears! I know it will be a great time though and I’ve heard and read so much about how beautiful it is there…still hoping for a beach trip before the end of summer though 😉
Another thing going on in life right now – SO recently Sam has decided to pass the vacation rental management over to me! Which I’m SUPER excited about actually. I love putting thought and care into spaces for other people and it just made sense because I nanny one day a week so I have the flexibility and availability and so essentially this would be my job.
We’re planning on taking on a new place SOON which I’m also excited about and that would make 3 rentals that I was taking care of. A family member recently asked what it means that I manage the rentals and basically I’m the point of contact. I’ll oversee the calendar, bookings, solve problems, fix things if needed, and I clean! I can pretty much say that I’m a professional cleaner since I’ve been doing it for about a year now. I also make sure the place has everything it needs based on what we provide and make it warm and inviting and put personal touches on it. So in a nutshell! Sam had been the main point of contact since we started renting out our houses but we’re slowly transitioning to that person being me so he can show me the ropes and he can breathe a little better!
If you know us or you follow along you know that we move around A LOT. Sam travels frequently for work and we jump between houses. I get asked all the time how much longer we think we’ll keep doing this…and don’t get me wrong our plan definitely is to settle at the right place and the right time, but I’m not sure how long it will take for us to get there and I’m super okay with where we’re at. It’s been so hard for me to find a job since teaching and I’m constantly amazed at what my husband has built. I watched him move to Austin five years ago without really knowing anyone (but me) or the area, work his way up from the bottom at work, buy us a nice place to live, marry me, buy a house he knew would do well as a rental and pretty much build us a life and a business. All by himself – without any help from me! AND IT’S AMAZING TO ME. So I’m really excited to step into that rental process and help him there and take that on.
You know I think sometimes I get envious of people being able to unpack all of their things and turn a house into their own – not having to worry about people breaking your things or accidentally walking off with your favorite kitchen utensils or throwing a party with over 250 people without us knowing – but I think it’s also taught me a lot about the things I value and the things I should be grateful for. We are never without a roof over our head, wherever we are, we have places to go. We have people who lovingly put up with us. We have each other. We have the big picture in mind and the patience to get there and we have a hope and faith that God sustains! He’s really been so gracious and I say this knowing it full well because I know the struggles we face and the battles we fight in this world and against our own human nature. God loves us, God is gracious and God sustains. That’s how I’m able to do anything really haha. I mean I’m the biggest scaredy cat I know and I battle with anxiety like on a big level a lot of times and the Lord truly is my strength. He’s the way that I function best! So if you ever meet me or see me in real life and I’m anxious or frazzled or not functioning well you know I need more of Jesus! Haha, but seriously.
So anyway back to managing rentals. I’m EXCITED about it. I’m excited to decorate the new place and I’m excited to serve people in one of the most difficult ways for me I think. Because like I said I love making spaces nice but ITS SO HARD to do when you feel like it goes unappreciated or you feel as though your space was disrespected in some way. In a lot of ways I was so grateful that Sam was the main point of contact until now because there have been so many times I wanted to scream and curse at someone (for reasons in my mind they were deserving of being scolded about)! BUT that’s never happened, don’t worry! But now I get this amazing opportunity to set up a space with each group in mind and figure out a way to show them that they have been thought about, and I had this idea that I want to start praying over the space and praying for them and even if they don’t appreciate it, I know that it’s okay. That maybe in the big scheme of things they’ll notice a difference. I’ve just really had a peace about that especially today …and like I said God sustains and he knows I need it. Haha I may or may not be known for walking in when guests have super exceeded their check out time and making them uncomfortable enough with my presence to get them to leave. I could be a little more gracious BUT we are not pushovers! There’s a difference in going off on someone (even if they deserved it, which I wont) and helping people do what they need to do…like skedaddle. So grace instead of curse words and a little tiny push out the door if needed seems okay to me!
So that’s life currently. Hope you all have a good weekend!! I have NO idea what we are up to but I’m excited Sam gets home tonight! What are you up to?