Life at the moment is really beautiful, but also kinda, a little bit hard.
Being away from my home and the people I love back in England is hard for me. Not being able to find a job is hard for Juan Carlos.
And together, it's hard not to feel disheartened.
We are trying every day to change that which is in our power to change and better our situation whilst also trying to stay positive. It can be difficult sometimes. As I have mentioned in previous posts, financially we find ourselves staying at Juan's parents house - which has been a complete blessing. In fact, quite frankly, I don't think I could be blessed with better In-Laws or "In-Loves" as my Mother-In-Law would say (she's adorable.)
So something that has really helped our mentality and state of mind as a newly wedded couple staying in our parents house is a little difference through our surroundings. Before we were married I was already staying in Juan's house, but in a separate room down the hall with his cousin Nahomi. After we were married, suddenly I was not only allowed to, but was meant to stay in his room. It felt really odd, like I was just staying in my boyfriends room. But through a little bit of decoration things have felt a whole lot different.
We changed the duvet cover from blue checks to something with a little bit more of a feminine look. Added a shelf and few trinkets collected from my time here mixed with a few books. I also decided to move all the things from the room I was staying in into Juan's room. There wasn't room for my clothes BUT there is a closet just outside of our room, so moved all my things into that. We also put up a few pictures of the two of us and added a few decorative gifts from the wedding and whala!.. It has made a real difference. It now feels like we're properly sharing our space and although our living situation isn't ideal at the moment, just having everything together makes us feel more like we're married. And I actually think Juan secretly doesn't mind the birdy bed covers and floral pillow cases.
It's crazy what power a few bits of decoration can have on the mind and how fun it can be to work solely with what you already have. I've also found that keeping things tidy, keeping our clothes in the closet (and not on the floor), and making the bed everyday does wonders for a positive and productive mind!!! And it's got me really excited for when we can start decorating and begin looking after a place of our own.
Brit. U.S.resident. Lover of Opera. Believer of dreams.