I am daughter of two Mexican immigrants, I was brought to the states when I was two years old. My parents worked the long hours at minimum or less wages. My entire life I was brought up wishing on the “American Dream”. We lived in a one bedroom apartment till I was a teenager, So I always had dreams of growing up and being the home owner of the cookie cutter house with the white picket fence and the dog. I was taught to want that.
Well I have that, “The American Dream” can be crossed off my list. I live in a beautiful 5 bedroom house with two living rooms,two different dinning rooms, 3 full baths, 3 car garage, and can I tell you I have a master bedroom the size of my first apartment (it has and extra room inside the room, its called a sitting room) and there is two walk in closets in my bathroom. Wow talk about immense! Now I am not showing off, I promise there is a point to this.
My hubby and I bought this house 2 years ago we were 24 & 26 years old. He got a great job coming out of the military and felt we NEEDED!!! this much space. Why not the bigger the better right… We have matured and learned so much about ourselves since then and we have come to the conclusion that living in suburbia is not for us. We want less, we are well on our way to becoming minimalist and this house no longer fits what we believe to be a need. Yes we are so grateful for what we have, but this much space requires so much of our time to be spent on cleaning not only that but just keeping more stuff because we have the room for it. I find so much comfort in knowing me and my hubby are no longer about material things. I feel that we can live off of very little and still be content.
So my point, we were going to get our little hens for the backyard and found out the HOA which we pay for each year completely restricts any type of animal on the property other than a dog or cat. I am crushed!!!!
We pay to live here and can’t even live how we want.. Its the crazy to me that you can own something with out really owning it or someone telling you how to live. We had no idea of any of these things because we did not know who we were and what we wanted when we bought the house. We were going along with the American culture. We just signed any papers to get what we figured everyone else would use to classify us.
Today I am encouraged by who I am and who I am becoming, I feel like I know exactly what I want for me and my family we no longer want to follow a trend. We are actually planning on moving because of my hubby’s school in the summer. We want to experience life in the Northwest, Washington State or Oregon. I will be doing my research this time in hopes that I will have my chickens this summer. We will never do HOA living again