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I’m breathing a big sigh of relief as I’ve finally unpacked and sorted everything in my new apartment.  To understand why this is such an exciting moment for me, let me take you back to the beginning.  After failed back surgery left me permanently disabled, I had to change my entire way of life and start a new chapter that I wasn’t prepared to start.  I was a homeowner and taking care of acres of land and my home was out of the question.  I was bed bound for 4 years following my failed back surgery and I knew if I was going to survive this at all, I had to focus on my health and nothing else.

So, I gave tiny living a try and moved into my first apartment.  I had a paved drive in front of me without any grass to worry about mowing.  It was a small 1 room apartment and at the time, it suited its purpose.  But it quickly became a place I hated.  The walls were paper thin and I could hear everything next door.  And I do mean everything.  All 3 of my neighbors were single females.  Nuff said.

1st apartment:

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So. after about 4 years, I decided it was time to move and leave the noise behind.  My goal was to move back to my hometown which was technically only 20 minutes away but it was where I started out and where I wanted to be.   I took the 1st empty apartment available and applied for an apartment where I currently live.  The waiting list is so long here because the turnover rarely happens. I’m really lucky that it didn’t take any longer than it did to get in & if I’m not mistaken, I lived at my 2nd apartment 2 1/2 years in total before moving here.

2nd apartment: 

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I live in a handicap 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment.  It’s perfect for my needs and although all apartments have some quirks about them, considering there are usually a dozen tenants living in them prior, unless they’re new and there hasn’t been a new apartment complex built in this town in over 20 years, I’m overlooking the quirks and will work on them a little at a time.  I’m paying the same amount of money it cost me to live in my first apartment which was a 1 room apartment.  So yes, I can live with quirks.

3rd and hopefully last apartment:

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Thank you for your visit and coming on this journey with me.  I will update as often as possible and I hope to share apartment living posts along with decor tips (and so much more).


  • Jessica Joachim

    Can you believe I never lived in a true apartment? I lived in a quadraplex for quite a while though and it was similar with the smaller and shared spaces. I love how you made your apartment look cozy and feel like home!

  • Amber Myers

    I hope you found a place to stay forever! We’ve lived in a bunch of places since my husband is in the military. We normally lived on the military base in houses, but they were the size of an apartment. Now we’re finally in an actual house off base, and I hope it’s our forever home!

    • Terri

      Thank you so much. I am really enjoying the convenience of being able to walk to shop or eat at restaurants as well as having a library just around the bend. I have the peace of a faux country life with the convenience of being in the city.

  • Rach

    You poor thing. I’m so glad you’ve found a new place that is more suitable to your preferences. I really hope that things go well for you there <3

    • Terri

      Thank you. So far so good. I can’t imagine ever moving but I can’t say I’m positive I won’t as we never know what could happen to change our circumstances.

  • Tara Pittman

    I never lived in an apartment for long. I would want to make in like home if I lived there for more than 6 months.

    • Terri

      Because of my failed back surgery, I’m unable to do my own lawn care and just about everything else, so living in an apartment has freed me from all of that. I wish I had moved into one sooner.

  • Deola

    What a journey. I hear you on how it could be challenging to find the apartment that checks all the major must-have boxes. I hope this is the one you can make into a home.

    • Terri

      This place is the most sought after apartment complex in my small town so I’m happy a handicap apartment opened up here. Answered prayers.

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    Looks very cute and a nice place to call home. I am sure it can be so hard to find something that suits your needs.

    • Terri

      It can be hard and frustrating finding the perfect place to live. I wanted walking distance to shops, restaurants and the library and I have that now.

  • Sundeep

    Congratulation on shifting to new apartment and hopefully this is your last apartment (noise free apartment 🙂 ) And I am waiting for your next post

    • Terri

      Thank you. I am pleasantly surprised by how quiet it is here even though both tenants who at one time lived next to me have kids. They’ve moved on now and I’m just praying my next neighbors are a peaceful lot as well.

  • Joanna

    I have lived in quite a few apartments during my life. Whilst I really enjoy the one I have at the moment, I do hope that in one year or so I will be able to buy my first house. There is something special about living in a house on the ground, with your own garden.

    • Terri

      Yes, I can relate to that. I was a homeowner for about 30 years and it’s nice to be able to do what you want with your property. It just became a burden for me to keep up with it all.

  • Georgina Nderitu

    I really hope that your current home becomes your forever home. It seems so cozy, and I hope you continue enjoying living there.

  • Scott Gombar

    Apartment living was fun but moving is not. I once moved in 100 degree weather and another time in the pouring rain. I hope you did find your last apartment. I know we have at least one more move in us.

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