At the age of 23, I am watching my friends around me get married, have kids and be in a position to own their own properties, yet I am still stuck in a room, in someone else’s home. Living in London and having a fluctuating source of income each month has meant that my dreams of climbing up the property ladder and owning my own home, seems like the impossible dream. From a young age I was always independent and had my life mapped out; from my career to the house I would own, my younger self was convinced that setting up house was easy. I rented my first property at the age of 17 and have rented rooms ever since, three in the space of a year since I have come to London. By the time I graduated in July 2015, I was convinced that I would land my dream job and earn enough money to be able to rent an entire flat but the reality was far different than what I had imagined.
I found blogging and through sickness, it gave me an outlet to express myself and be able to share topics that were close to my heart. I was unable to work full time at this point and so for nearly 9 months I would do tutoring from home, childminding and cultivate my blog, until I was well enough to go into full time work. Although I was not completely better, I was moving to London and so I needed as much money as possible to be able to rent my own room and still have money to live on. I worked long hours in a job that I didn’t necessarily enjoy but would continue at in order to pay the bills. As time went on and bills or rent increased I found it harder and harder to see my vision of my future home become a reality and was convinced that I would be stuck in a room for the rest of my life.
But where do I stand now? I am still in a job that I am not passionate about, still work long hours but have taken the steps to cut down the amount of jobs that I am doing so that I have more time to focus on what I am truly passionate about and that is blogging. By the end of this year I am hoping to have quit my full time job and have already decided to cut down my hours as of next month so that I can concentrate on making my blog my main ‘hustle’. While the instability of a ‘freelance income’ does not necessarily translate to a ‘springboard’ for buying your own home, I am hoping that within 5 years I will be able to own a flat or a house of my own through pure hard work.
Some might call me unrealistic, but if we don’t take risks then we can never follow our dreams and that would be a jolly darn shame. Which is why when I came across Hatched, an online estate agent at the fraction of average retailer price, I knew that planning ahead was not ‘unrealistic’ but prepared and insightful. Not only do they help you to buy your own home but for those who are ahead on the property ladder and seeking to have their property valued so that they can move to a new property, Hatched is the ideal internet advisory to help you find your forever home. While the possibility of owning my own home might seem ‘far away’, being the disorganized person that I am- how on earth am I running a blog LOL- kicks my butt into really thinking about the future and figuring out what I truly want from life.
I believe that once I start working from home, I will not only be able to cut down on travel and food costs but it would also give me more of an incentive to actually ‘save money’ which I can put in my future house fund each month. It might take three years or it might take ten but regardless of the outcome, I am working on getting that forever home like I had dreamed about from a young age. But what would my dream home look like? I’d live in a charming thatched cottage, with a front and back door garden. There would be an abundance of bees dancing on roses and potatoes nestled in raised vegetable patches and of course there would be pets to join me too. As regular readers know, I am at my happiest when I am surrounded by the things that make me happy, so expect to see a few pugs and cats wreaking havoc in the garden… sigh if only.
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Collaborative Post With Hatched. All thoughts and research are my own.