The Nosh Diaries

Tips For Adjusting To Homeownership & Married Life

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Hey babes! I am beyond excited to finally say that I am Mrs. Long! Austin and I tied the knot, surrounded by our closest family and friends. I am stoked y’all. It feels like a lifetime of waiting [ long engagements are not for the faint of heart ] to finally be at this place. It is good friends!

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Other than buying our home, getting married is the biggest and most life changing thing that we have experienced together. And other than getting married, buying our first home was the most exciting thing that we have ever done! Being a home owner is truly wonderful. I highly recommend taking the step of home ownership if you are able. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with it. Austin and I are so thrilled to have a place to truly call our own. There is a huge sense of accomplishment and security that comes with owning a home.

Today I am partnering with GEICO to share a little bit about how Austin and I are adjusting to homeownership, along with a few tips for those who are looking into buying a home in the very near future. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

01. Get Those Finances In Order

Staying on top of our finances has been the most important element in our journey toward buying a home. Making adjustments to our expenditures and securing solid homeowners insurance has helped leaps and bounds.

  • Austin and went through the GEICO Insurance Agency for our homeowners insurance. Austin has been using GEICO for a few years and cannot say enough about how fabulous his experience has been. Their service is top notch and they have helped us save money. GEICO is a resource beyond Insurance. We are so happy with their services and highly recommend them!
  • Fix things along the way. We haven’t encountered any major home repairs at this point [thank goodness! ]. We have fixed a few things along the way, some necessary and some cosmetic. Our home is an investment. Making sure that everything is up to date and visually appealing is a huge benefit, not only for us in enjoying our home but also for resale down the road. Your home is an investment. Take care of it so you can make a profit later!

Read more here about: 5 Spooky House Noises You should Never Ignore.

02. Enjoy The Experience Of Owning A Home

Austin and I love sitting back on the couch and surveying the fruits of our labor. Owning a home is such a tremendous blessing – one that we never want to take for granted. 

  • We love to celebrate our home by hosting get togethers with friends. Sharing the home we’ve created with those that are closest to us is so fun! Filling our new abode with laughter and joy really sets the tone for the whole space. Speaking of hosting, take a gander at these House Cleaning Hacks: Get Your Home Guest Ready In 15 minutes
  • My creative mind has flourished with the blank canvas that is/was our home. I have a number of projects planned out. Our patio needs a little love – I’m thinking greenery and outdoor curtains! Plus, I plan on changing out all of the interior doors. Albeit one at a time as we budget for each project.

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03. Putting time Into The House & Each Other

Austin and I have made a habit of spending time at home on Saturdays cleaning up around the house and making sure that everything is in tip top shape.

  • Each morning, Austin and I make sure to hit the main areas of the house, tidying up any messes left from the evening before. Keeping our home tidy is part of good stewardship. Plus, it really makes each space more comfortable and inviting at the end of the day!
  • There are many ups and downs in life and homeownership. Reconnecting with each other is essential in maintaining a happy home and a happy relationship. We love to cook dinner together, whip up a couple of lattes and kick back. We have been doing this more and more lately and we are loving it!

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How did you adjust to home ownership? Are you in the process of buying a home? Tell me all about it in the comments!

xo, Jenna

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My Silent Struggle With Depression

Hello sweet friends. It has been a minute since I shared something deeply personal here on the blog. I am getting down to the nitty gritty today and being completely vulnerable with you guys. Most of you know me as a beacon of positivity and encouragement, the girl who finds the best in a situation. But in the midst of it all I have battled depression – a lonely pit that often swallows all of the light in my life.

I have wanted to open up about this subject for a very long time. First, though, I had to sort out my own heart and find the words to properly communicate my struggle in a way that I hope will encourage you if you are walking through depression yourself.

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I sat down so many times and tried to write this post. I stared at the blinking cursor on the screen desperate to pour out my truth. Fear has kept me from being able to share my struggle. The fear of admitting that I battle depression almost daily absolutely grips me. My heart wants to share the real, raw truth but that it not an easy task. Bearing my heart for the world to see [ read ] is terrifying.

No one wants to admit that they struggle with depression and anxiety. There is a definite stigma that comes with it. In reality, admitting that you are struggling is the most freeing thing that you can do for yourself. Admitting that you are scared, lonely, hopeless, lost… that takes a mountain of courage. Admitting those things is 100% the first step to conquering the dark hold of depression and finding the light again.

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Finding Relief From Depression

Let me start off by saying that I have been affected by not only depression, but, anxiety as well. I think the two often go hand-in-hand. In my life these two emotional struggles are connected by a common stressor, but are not usually present at the same time. My depression stems from my chronic physical pain/health concerns paired with constant worry about my health in the long run. The pain and sickness beats me down.

And that’s where anxiety creeps in. Never knowing when I will have an attack or how badly it will be creates tremendous anxiety within me. There is a loss of control in it all that honestly scares me. My body so often seems to fail me or blatantly work against me. It is defeating and disheartening. Yet God is faithful. He always sustains me, carries me, and repairs my broken anxiety riddled heart.

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Depression is an emotionally isolating mindset to be in. How do you live joyously when you feel empty and broken?

The answer is simple and yet feels impossible. The answer is: you just live. Day by day and moment by moment – choosing each second to acknowledge the good and the joy around you. Depression feels like a dark pit where you sit alone, unable to see or feel anything good. But the good is still there even when you cannot see it or feel it. Acknowledging the presence of all that is good helps lift the burden of hopelessness. It is the light at the end of tunnel – reminding you that there is relief.

There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.

– Corrie Ten Boom

I love the above quote so much. It is a beautiful reminder of such a powerful truth. There is no place too dark, too deep, or too isolated for God. God’s love can reach down into the blackest pit and find you. He can and will rescue you from the darkness of depression. He rescues me everyday. Sometimes in a deep breath that pulls away the tears and sometimes in a sweeping peace that settles my heart.

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An Important Truth

One important thing to remember if you share this struggle is that you are more than depression. You are a whole person. I have to remind myself of this often. The stigma of “mental illness” around depression/anxiety is wrong. Battling these emotions does NOT make you mentally ill or mentally unstable. Depression is something that we experience – it does not define who we are. It takes incredible strength to weather the ups and downs of these emotions. Because of the stigma there is shame connected to it all. I have kept silent about my struggle because I do not want people falsely attaching that stigma to me. I am a whole person that struggles at times with depression/anxiety because of tremendous physical pain. That is all.

Remember that you are whole and you are strong.

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Have you struggled with depression? What are some ways that you combat depression/anxiety? Share your story with me in the comments or send me a private message here via the contact form <3
With love,
Jenna

 

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