The Possible Dream

Andrew & Courtney

Currently in our 2nd month of new homeownership, we’ve quickly discovered that our values and hopes for our future together are even more in sync than we could’ve ever imagined.  It all began a few months ago when we decided to rid ourselves of the ability to be reached any time, any place by canceling our…wait for it…cell phone plans {gasp}!  We prepared ourselves for the inevitable heckling we would receive, and yes, we heard it all.  Some were understanding, but still unsure of “how to live without a cell phone.”  For us, we thought back on the days when cell phones didn’t exist, and when they did, few owned one (probably because they were Zack Morris-ly huge)…and when we didn’t have one, we got along just fine by communicating with friends and family through snail mail, regular phone calls, and making group plans to meet at 1:00 at the ticket counter and actually arriving on time (because no one had to ability to call from their car to say they’d be 15 minutes late).  We’ve been cell phone free over 5 months now and our quality of life couldn’t be better.  No texting while talking to one another, no answering calls in the car, and no pointless calls/texts just to say, “What are you doing?”  Absolute freedom and we highly recommend trying it for a week just to see that you can do it too!

Skip to this past weekend when we suddenly realized there are many things we want to try in our new life together.  The conversation was prompted by an energizing bike ride (with our new used bikes and gear all for $200) to a picnic dinner in the park near our new house.  All in one night we discovered we want to accomplish the following:

  1. Let’s get the biggest one out of the way first…Pay our 30 year mortgage off in 5 years or less (which would save us over $115,000 in interest alone).  This means cutting back on unnecessary spending and enjoying what we have more…especially those FREE nights out on the town!
  2. Start a composting system in our yard to reduce waste and reuse all that’s compostable.
  3. Shop for groceries in bulk and unpackaged groceries using our own containers and bags.
  4. Learn canning, jarring, and otherwise preserving and storing food so we can always provide for ourselves.
  5. Learn how to make our own earth friendly and all natural cleaning products and self care products (i.e. shampoo…clearly only for me, face wash, etc.).
  6. Be a one car family (currently own 2 cars) and learn to bike, walk, and bus whenever we can.

It sounds like a lot, but we’re taking small steps to achieve this clean, creative, cheap, and most importantly free life.  Follow our blog and join us on our exciting journey of possibilities.

-Courtney

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About dreamingthepossible

What began as individual hopes and dreams has rapidly become a radical dream of our own as we start our almost married life together. Follow us as we make some big changes in our lives to spend less money, produce less waste, nurse our planet back to health, and even attempt to pay our brand new mortgage in 5 years or less.
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4 Responses to The Possible Dream

  1. DD says:

    What about your music? You’ll still perform, right? Please say yes! dd

    • Still performing as much as I can. It’s been a little hard with the recent move and painting and wedding planning. I have a few small shows this summer, so I plan on keeping at it as much as I can. I’m sure I’ll get bak into it full swing after the fall. Looking forward to it and can’t wait to get out and see you guys, too!

  2. I applaud you!!!!!!! That is absolutely fantastic! We started #3 last year and it’s great! Eddie has been talking about composting for awhile now. Unfortunately we live in a very apartment, so we have to wait until we have our own home. Way to go!

    • Yay! Good for you guys. I can’t wait to try it out. We found this really cute composting cabinet that looks like another piece of outdoor furniture, so it’ll blend in nicely. Hi to Edd and keep it up!

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