Because we work from home, we are always within a few feet of one another. I’ve learned to use noise-canceling headphones to pretend I have an office. Like our property, the guest house has a fiber optic internet connection that’s faster than we had in Seattle. It’s cramped, but the guest house has become home.
When Sachi is not working or relaxing, she’s cooking. It’s her favorite way to spend time and the constraints of the guest house have challenged her. Our oven, for example, is a toaster oven with just enough room to bake one loaf bread. More space would make things easier, but we eat well. If anything, the guest house is helping us appreciate how little some modern conveniences really matter. Maybe it’s conditioning us to become better island people.
Today, I’m thinking about our lives in two years, or even five. Once we’ve moved the final time into the new house, what will matter to me? Where will our happiness originate? I’m sure we’ll continue to learn about island hacks and establish a lifestyle that’s increasingly practical and sustainable. We’ll continue to work on Common Craft and I plan for writing to take more of my time.
In fact, I intend to be an author of multiple books. You heard it here first. My first book, The Art of Explanation
, was published in 2012 and I’ve always known I’d write more. This was the original reason I started Ready for Rain a year ago–I wanted to practice writing. I’ll have more to say about this in 2020.
2019 was a year we’ll never forget. We chose to put ourselves through a series of changes and, in turn, challenges. And through it all, we’ve remained as close as ever. Sachi’s confidence in us is one of the real reasons we push through and I continue to be amazed by her and how fortunate I am to have her in my life.
It won’t be long until we move from the guest house into the new house and our days of packing our belongings into boxes will be over for a very long time. What a relief. It will mark the end of a three-year journey and the beginning of a new, more stable lifestyle in a location and house we’re sure to love.