Hi ASA fam
Apologies for the silence on my part… SO much has happened in these last months! Not even sure where to start… for starters I moved cities for work reasons and for the first time EVER in my life, I get to live on my own in my early 30s… (O_o), yikes! Today’s post is all about documenting that transition in my life. The ASA regulars will know I previously lived with my brothers & even wrote about it (here). Although some may think me living with brothers for so long was lame, I know that others might relate to this especially as an African student abroad with siblings. Living together just makes sense because sharing makes rent (& living costs) cheaper, gives parents peace of mind in terms of safety (esp. for a girl) as well as the fact that staying with family (most of the time) does give one a bit of moral support and a nest to fall back on.
After staying with a generous friend for over 6 weeks, I finally managed to find a place I can call my own and have been living here for almost a month. My biggest fear was loneliness and not knowing what to do with myself, on the contrary-I am excited about the experience thus far. Below are some of the things I am genuinely enjoying:
My own bed
This was true while sharing, and remains true even in my own space. My bed has become such a great source of inspiration…lol! I plan, write, pray, think, etc all under the comfort of my blanket…lol!
My own space
At the moment, outside of my bed…my own space is reduced to the couch I got from the Coricraft clearance store at a bargain. It’s my favourite place to have both my breakfast and dinner (and off course that warm cup of tea/coffee).
If you read my post of surviving living with flatmates, you would know that one of my biggest challenge of living with boys was around food: boys just eat, and eat and eat (O_o). So regardless of how much cooking and/or food planning we did, we would always run outta food (esp. the good stuff first). I am enjoying the fact that what I leave in the fridge is not going anywhere, and linked to that the ability to do meal prep.
The Sunshine in my mini-garden
The new place has a bit of a garden and although I barely get to spend much time in it, the little I have has been refreshing
Furnishing and decorating
I decided after a negative bank balance that I needed to pace myself and take things one step at a time otherwise I would ruin myself financially…lol! Because I am still chasing the basics (e.g. a washing machine), my only decoration are these Masai blankets I purchased at the Masai Market in Nairobi (Kenya) as they bring much-needed colour to my place.
Stay well & catch you at my next post
P.S: Other articles you might enjoy
-12 things nobody tells you about living alone from College Times (here)
-17 things nobody tells you about living alone from The Huffington Post (here)
-How to live alone without feeling lonely, by Apartment Therapy (here)