It’s been a while since you heard from me. If you read my last post about my birthday you already know how I feel about “growing up”. And… I’ll be honest with you. I had a lot of mixed feelings after my birthday and I needed some time to disconnect and clear my mind.

After a lot of thinking I decided that I want to do something different. I wanted to make sure that the 23rd year of my life, will be a different year. A year of “growth”. So I tried to reevaluate my life, and change a few things to make my life better. And if there’s one thing I learned from Tony Robbins (my favorite motivational speaker and author!) is that, If you want success, and if you want to change your life, you have to take massive, determined action. And that’s what I was about to do.

The last year I’ve been thinking about moving to my own place a lot. Not entirely on my own though, but with John. He already asked me about that at Christmas last year, and a few times after that but I wasn’t truly ready for it. Not about living with John, but you know… living on my own. I was scared of the “unknown” and about all the responsibilities that come with renting a house… And generally, I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone…

I thought about it a lot. I knew that the only thing holding me back was fear and well… comfort! So I sat down with John and we had a big and honest conversation… because we’re going to live together and that’s a big thing! It was really relieving talking with him and just telling him everything that was in my mind… So a few days after that… we decided to rent an apartment together!

We started looking for an apartment immediately but for about 2 weeks we couldn’t find anything that we like. Almost every building in my city that we could afford to rent was too old or too small. Also, I forgot to mention that we have a dog, and most homeowners here don’t really like dogs. (Our dog was staying with John at his parents’ house until now because they have a big garden there). I was so disappointed and stressed that we couldn’t find an apartment. And what made it even harder was that on this season everyone wants to rent a house. Students because of the university, teachers because of the new school season… There was almost nothing left for us! At first, I thought that this was something like a “Sign” but then I realized how much I wanted to rent my own apartment because of that. I was determined to find something no matter what!

It was the 27th of August when we finally found our new home. I saw an ad on a real estate website, I called, and it was a lovely old lady that owned a 38sqm ground floor apartment with quite a big garden. The house was freshly painted, but the building was kinda old. So we asked her if she could show us the house in the afternoon. We saw the apartment and it was the best apartment we saw until this moment. It’s also in the heart of the city, but in a really quiet neighborhood. I can go to my work in about 15 minutes and the most important thing, they LOVE dogs. It wasn’t long until we sealed the deal.

We got the keys on the 30th of August and signed the contract on the 1st of September. So from this day until now, we’re on a constant “running” and organizing stuff. My number one struggle till now is the electricity. Here in Greece when a renter leaves from a house, he shuts down the electricity so the owner won’t have to pay the taxes and also the next renter will be able to get a brand new electricity contract. But public services are really bad here. The Public Electricity Service is completely terrible. I tried to get into there for three days in a row and people are standing at the doors from 2 am to get inside, they are fighting with each other and there are only 2 employees (for real!) to service about 100 people… Anyway, I won’t ramble about the MAD situation here in Greece, but the only other option I had was to sign a contract with a private electricity company, which is something new here in Greece, and I don’t really know how they charge you. They claim that their services are the best so … we’ll just have to wait and see!

Also, we ordered a bunch of stuff from the internet like a bed, kitchen table, chairs, a TV stand… And we had to do a lot of research for them too. The prices on the internet were like half the prices from the actual store prices in here. So now we wait. We wait for our deliveries, we wait for electricity, we wait for the internet… I know I have to be patient but I’m so excited! I just can’t wait to get into my first apartment!

I also can’t wait to show you guys the end result! I have so many decor ideas and Pinterest has been my good old friend on this… But mostly I’m freaking excited about living with John! I already feel that this new chapter of our lives will be one of the best… Can’t wait to wake up every morning next to him, and cook together and watch movies together… I just CAN’T WAIT. For real guys…

All these days though were like an emotional rollercoaster! In the beginning, I was mostly scared and stressed because I didn’t know anything about the whole process. From the day that we found the house till the day, we signed the contract I was freaking out… I was scared of the unknown mostly. I was overthinking all the time and I couldn’t sleep at night. I had the worst nightmares even the days after we sealed the deal. And I think that I had all these feelings because it was the moment I was stepping out of my comfort zone. And in times like this, part of yourself wants to keep you back in the comfort… Because come on… that’s the easy thing to do! But that’s when you have to keep pushing forward. It might take some time but it really worths it! It took me like a week to finally accept the fact that I’m renting my own place. And I can finally feel only the excitement about all these! (Okay and a little bit scared! but just a little bit!)

Anyway, this is something BIG for me… And I wanted to share my excitement and part of my thinking with you because you’re all my online friends, and you’re following along my journey for the last year and a half… And well… I feel like I’m talking to my besties right now!

I love you guys all, and I missed you! I’ll try to update you as much as I can on Instagram and Twitter… I pray that I will be in my new home sooner than I expected…  because I literally can’t wait!

Please share with me in the comments any tips, decor, or blog posts you have about new apartments and stuff because that’s all I’m reading about these days!

Much love, Apostolia xx


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