Shoestring: One Year Later...

Today marks the one year anniversary that we signed the papers for our first home. And what a journey it has been!

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30th October 2013 was the day my life changed.

Rob and I had been wanting to get our own place for quite some time, but the stress of saving for a mortgage was really getting on top of us. There's not really a way to describe it: I'm a family girl - a home to me, means somewhere you start your family and build up memories. I so desperately wanted that to begin with Rob, but house prices were (and still are) absolutely ridiculous, making it hard for young people to get a look-in.

After buying the boat, we felt that sense of 'home', and we could finally begin this amazing chapter of our lives together.

I think a lot of people misunderstood our situation, and thought we were buying a boat until we could afford something 'better', like a house. But to us, there isn't anything better. Sure, it was a cheaper alternative, and it's not something your average 20-somethings do, but that's what makes it so much more fun and exciting!

So one year on... what's changed?

  • We decorated! Looking back at these pictures I posted last December, you can see just how different it looks. Rob worked so hard, bless him - it's so ideal having a boyfriend that doubles up as a handy-man!
  • We welcomed another family member! I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram you'll have been bombarded with my puppy pictures... 6 months ago, we bought Sid into our lives. He's a gorgeous, well-behaved, sassy little Golden Retriever and we don't know what we'd do without him.
  • We have our own documentary! I wrote about this a while back. It aired on Channel 4 last month, and is part of their series 'Home Truths'. We had one episode dedicated to us and our life on the boat.
As so many of you guys love reading about life afloat, I decided to set up a brand spanking new blog, which will be much more lifestyle focused - all about our little family and what it's like to live, well, on a Shoestring! You can take a peek here.

And what do we have planned for the future? Well for that, you'll just have to stay tuned... ;-)

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