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Cozy Cottage Chronicles!

Would I lie to you?
Would I lie to you honey?
Now would I say something that wasn't true?
I'm asking you sugar
Would I lie to you?

Would I Lie to You, Eurythmics

The world lies to us. 

We accept these lies as truth, even when evidence points to the contrary.

This point was driven home over and over when we moved into our little house.

-You don't need "as large of house as you can afford." 
-You don't always have to have a car payment.
-Family members don't all need their own rooms and their own bathrooms.
-Master suites, family rooms, and spare bedrooms are nice, but they are not essential trappings of a happy life.

During the pandemic, more lies were exposed:

-You don't have to put in long hours at the office to be productive at your job.
-Being busy isn't the same as being productive.
-Being productive isn't the same as being happy.
-Your job doesn't define you.

Slate's podcast, What Next, explored the changing landscape of workplaces in a post-COVID world. In the episode, So, what happens to WFH now? workers and employees are rethinking what the work week should look like after being disrupted by the pandemic. Should we all go back to the way it was? Or is it maybe time to try something different?

The financial strain my husband and I felt when we were paying for a house we could barely afford, exacerbated by a 4 year salary freeze at his job that seemed to keep us even further away from ever getting our feet planted firmly on the ground forced us to take a step back: Is this right? Does it really have to be this way? Does this make sense?

Ask yourself those questions every day. Don't take someone else's word for how you should be doing things. It's okay to stop, let your brain settle, and reassess. We don't have to go back to the way things used to be.





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brown eyed susansMy 24 year-old son and his girlfriend moved across the country earlier this month: from Chicago to L.A. I thought I'd be sad, but I'm excited for them. I think they are so courageous to take a leap like this, and they have already shown themselves to be open-minded, flexible, and not afraid to dig in and do hard work. Their new adventure was the inspiration for my latest blog post about putting down roots.
Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter, "The Cozy Cottage Chronicles." I hope that over time I can send you love letters that reflect the incredible journey our family has experienced by downsizing to a much smaller house, the Cozy Cottage. Every day, I'm still looking to simplify our lives, reduce stress, eliminate debt, and leave space in our lives to enjoy the little things. I'd love to hear from you! Just hit "reply" and send me a note!

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