Mood + Mantra

April (oh, April)

So I got my wish and things are less stuck and hot damn if we’re not moving and shaking over here. Maybe literally. Welcome to April!

On Friday, fresh out of my NyQuil induced slumber, we received notification that the owner of our condo intends to sell, and we have 30 days to find a new place. Cue a frantic 48 hours of looking at houses in the East Bay, looking at another unit for rent in our building, considering whether we’d actually want to buy the place in which we currently reside, or move to another neighborhood altogether. It’s been a whirlwind—alternately stressful, exciting, soul-searching, and kinda sad. We love where we live now—we both agree it is one of the few, if perhaps only, place we have lived together that really feels like a home. But it’s tough to make such a big decision under a time crunch, let alone when you feel emotional about it.

Amidst my initial freakout on Friday, Joe said something along the lines of, “Maybe this is a sign we need to get a move on; it’s a way to get unstuck and challenge ourselves.” He’s right, of course. No matter the outcome, something will change, with new perspectives brought about.

Man, the housing drama never ends on this blog! Remember the New York apartment debacle? Or the real throwback drama to the owner occupied eviction mess from 2012, when we were planning our wedding, and went through months of eviction then “just kidding” notices? The good news is, in all cases, everything worked out, just like it will this time. I know no matter the outcome, we’ll end up happy and it’ll be a funny story in the future. Keep your fingers crossed for us in the meantime!


So, my mood and mantra this month? Keep it moving. Stay focused, stay positive. Ask for help when you need it. Give yourself grace and space in this new season (the light’s starting to look a lot different, after all). Embrace the beauty—and the messiness—of life. Try not to freak TOO much over the fact that we’re already in APRIL. Hang on, and hang in!

April, you’re real crazy already, but I kinda dig it? I certainly can’t call this month boring.

Image Credits:

San Francisco (via @eslee)  ·  Blue Dots (found here)  ·  Summer outfit (found here)  ·  Beige line drawing (via @ofatomsandlines)  ·  Dot top (found here)  ·  Painted Stripes (via @rebeccaatwooddesigns)  ·  Superbloom (via @cagrownofficial, photo by @everchanginghorizon)  ·  Tulips (via @notetosarah)  ·  Vintage J.Crew (via @simplicitycity)  ·  Grand Canyon (@jedidiahjenkins) ·  Yosemite sunset (via @snarkblurb)  ·  Towel outline (found here) ·  ‘The Psychic’ by Victoria McGinley

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  1. 4.2.19
    jenn said:

    You have a GREAT attitude about this Victoria! Fingers crossed for a great place soon!! xo jenn

    • 4.4.19
      Victoria said:

      Lease is in place, now just to make the move! :)

  2. 4.2.19
    Lauren said:

    Last year, I moved out of the apartment I lived in for 7 years when the landlord decided to sell the house. Initially I was bummed about the whole thing but I ended up in a pet friendly building and adopted a dog! Good things come from moving :)

    Is “The Psychic” a story you wrote? Will you be sharing more?

    • 4.4.19
      Victoria said:

      Lauren, believe it or not, your story about getting kicked out too but it working out for the better really did help us this week. I relayed it to my husband and he agreed—we can’t always see the good things that can happen before we take the leap and open up to the new!

      Yes, The Psychic is a poem I penned when putting the graphics for the post together! Probably won’t be sharing more in detailed storytelling capacity, at least here on the blog! But everything I wrote is true :)

  3. 4.2.19
    Tara said:

    Oh boy! It truly will all work out, but I know the in-between is so stressful. Sending good wishes your way!

  4. 4.2.19
    Erica said:

    The Psychic is beautiful, Victoria! I struggle with change. It generally takes time for me to adjust. It seems you have a wonderful attitude about this period of your life!

    • 4.4.19
      Victoria said:

      Thank you! Yes, trying to embrace and welcome the next chapter. It’s a-comin’!