There are many reasons at play here and typically, several push & pull factors go into making a decision such as this. Deep down if I’m thinking of my own selfish reasons, I’d say that things are changing in my (not)working life and they’re on the upswing so to match (in my crazy way of rationalizing) why not shake up my living environment as well? Makes sense, right? [rhetorical]
On a broad scope, there are several other reasons at play here and they impact both my kids and I on a regular basis. I won’t get into the details and at the sake of sounding ambiguous about that…we’re not suffering here but I *do* see the writing on the wall (well, there is graffiti on a fairly regular basis) so perhaps now is the best time to exit.
This decision came about quite quickly. Sure, I’ve been musing about it for awhile and haphazardly perusing viewit.ca and kijiji listings but I didn’t make any calls or walk a few neighbourhoods until this past weekend. On Saturday, I walked down Central Ave. just because I like the area and also, a friend of mine (#datelaura) just moved into the area. I knew of a few listings and sometimes you just luck out with signs and such. Jump to Sunday and that afternoon’s walk took me over into Old East Village as I remembered seeing a listing out that way and if you know me…you know I like to support that area.
It was a grey and rainy Sunday afternoon in OEV that saw me walking along with a coffee and just scouring the neighbourhood. Eventually I spot an ‘Apartment For Rent’ sign on this huge corner house. I cross the street to get a better look and there is a number listed and further details that state it’s a 3-bedroom…so far so good. I call the number and awkwardly stand outside as the phone rings. A woman answers and I inquire about the apartment. She had asked if I was nearby and I mentioned that I was standing right outside. Very kindly, the individual offered to let me see the apartment on the spot with the caveat that it was, “..a bit of a mess” as she was “..currently working on sprucing it up.” I was quite thankful at this point to be able to see an apartment so quickly without having to set an appointment so I said I’d love to see it and thanks for allowing the short notice. The woman I had been talking to said she be right out to show me in.
I wait less than a minute and the front door opens and…
[Note: you should understand that a series of strange and wonderful curiosities have been happening to me lately with things falling into place just so. Or, situations have been presented to me in a light that has been impossible to dim and ultimately have fashioned themselves into remarkable outcomes. So that being said….]
…who should be standing there to greet me but none other than Linda, one of the owners of the wonderful East Village Coffeehouse. I was stunned, shocked even. The odds of that happening had to be vast and yet here she was letting me have an impromptu peek at an apartment in her home!
If you don’t really see how this is so significant..let me elaborate a little. Just over two months ago I approached Linda and her brother Glen about helping them with the coffeehouse and their online persona if you will. They took a chance on me and my bag of tricks and we have been off and running ever since. In fact, the basis for all I do with the businesses I am currently involved with, stems from the relationship I have established with the East Village Coffeehouse, their fantastic ownership and a creative passion to try new things.
So I initially viewed the apartment on Sunday, thought about it, saw it again yesterday, thought some more, saw it again this morning and…..I decided to take it. As I mentioned earlier, there are many reasons why I feel that it’s time to make a change and those thoughts have been percolating in the background for a bit now. Add into the equation a great area and fantastic friend/homeowner/neighbour that I already have an established rapport with and I believe all the ingredients are present for a positive change.
I’ll probably be crafting a few posts over the coming months of the new place with pictures and such. It really is a unique space much like East Village Coffeehouse (shameless plug but if you’ve been there..you already know that and if you haven’t visited…then what are you waiting for?!?)
But for now…
Check out this bonus feature that resides in the apartment. A floor-to-ceiling, century-old wardrobe…straight outta Narnia!
Coming soon: Posts about cleaning, packing, moving, etc. They should all be very positive and cheery, right? [rhetorical]