“My handwoven hammock is going to hang on the vigas in the studio, waiting for guests. Walls inside and out are going to hold art and be the container for creation.”
I’m in Charlie’s Spic & Span in Las Vegas, drinking strong coffee and eating a tasty breakfast. I’m constantly on the verge of tears, tears of joy and unspoken prayers to sweet merciful gods and to myself. In about an hour, I’m buying a house.
I’M BUYING A HOUSE. Actually, not just A HOUSE. I am buying a small adobe house with a separate adobe and stone studio, a real and genuine space of creation. This gorgeous stone building you see me in front of above? That’s my studio. STUDIO. Did I just name myself worth that?
I am 48 years old. I have been living in my own places since I was 19, in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ribera, NM. I have always worked, hustled and managed to make life happen. Shout out to the girls (and boys) who pay their rent on time … but who can never get ahead, never get into their own owning. That’s been me, until now.
Friends and co-workers said “try this Homewise thing in Santa Fe that we’re doing”. Homewise said sure, you qualify. House said hi. That all happened within the space of about 2 months. The rest of time has been boom boom boom … and then 2+ months of delays around appraising it.
Thank you to all my family for being so good and supportive, helping me almost unasked to be ready, able to make my down payment and repeatedly saying yes. Thanks to all my friends who have helped me as I have moved through delay after delay. I have so much gratitude for all the ways you’ve helped me pack, give things away and helped me get ready to say goodbye to a space that has sustained
and cared for me for 6+ years.
I’m going to be drinking a lot less coffee out but I have an espresso machine that’s going to be ready for you to walk through my door. My handwoven hammock is going to hang on the vigas in the studio, waiting for guests. Walls inside and out are going to hold art and be the container for creation. There will be a space for community, compassion and poetry.
I cannot wait.
This is possible. This is next level.
And if I can do it, so can you. (Seriously. 2% down. 3.5% fixed mortgage. It’s doable. Tell them I sent you.)