Last March was rough. It started off with a major tornado through Middle Tennessee overnight on March 2nd into the early morning of March 3rd. Twenty five people died and over 300 were injured. My block in East Nashville narrowly missed it but it left a huge path of destruction.
Closing in on a year of social distancing as a family of five has been both an extreme privilege and the hardest thing ever. I had never imagined social distancing before it started and, like so many other people, I imagined a much shorter timeline when it began.
Last week I shared with some new clients three maps that are useful for identifying what public outdoor spaces are near any given homes and neighborhoods.
Time equals freedom, and long commutes just add to the time that working to make a living takes from what could be family, fun, rest, or sleep time.
When people start to really contemplate their commute times and put a premium on their distance from work, that creates demand in urban neighborhoods.
Take the accumulated stuff off every countertop, desktop, and dresser and burn it.
Both buying and selling are a process where you go from contract to close and then take possession over a number of weeks. If you can pull the six steps apart and see them as unique, you can move them around to see what best fits your comfort level and ability to finance.
Nashville’s rainy season starts in October and ends in September. It’s always a good time to prepare.
If one party is keeping the house and it has a mortgage, refinance the debt. That way the person who owns the house has the mortgage. This is the biggest deal for the person not keeping the house. The lender doesn’t care about divorce decrees or quit claim deeds.
Every day I’m juggling priorities, lists, and needs with how much sleep is needed to get through it all again. And the mundane tasks can be so wearing. That said, I always wish I could be a better version of myself. I wish I could be a little earlier, a little more prepared, a little more on top of it all, a little more patient. Any marker of a fresh start gives me a little zip of a clean slate.
Goodman, Simon (2015). The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family’s Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis. New York, NY: Scribner. Simon Goodman’s account of his extended family’s life before, during, and after the Holocaust haunts me in all the tiny details of suffering and complicity. It is the story of the wealth his family…