The Upsides of Downsizing

We sold our house in nine days. Just nine.

And in nineteen days, we close on a 42-year old, 2,688 square foot duplex in the heart of Peoria.

Kelly and I gleefully made the decision earlier this year to cash out of our suburbia split-level with more space than two people and a dog really need and jump head-first into real estate investing. What better way to do that than a good ol’ fashioned house hack?

Look, if I had it my way, we would be flipping an old school bus into a tiny house, but someone (not to mention any names, but it rhymes with “smelly”) prefers more space than that of a bus or a container or a silo.

I get it — Juno can be a total space hog. Plus, since the goal is to pick up property, this is a better solution for now.

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Anyway, we’re pretty excited about this new adventure and we will be conveniently located between Cyd’s in the Park and The Fish House so it’s a big win in my book.

The move is a step down in size for us too, so I have been high on purging everything I own. Smaller spaces are a great reason to get rid of excess in order to invest our time and energy into our dreams, which is exactly what we plan to do.

Kelly has been growing InkNoor Art and preparing for a couple of shows this year while I’ve been working on side projects of my own and the dog is content to tag along to whatever.

Our primary goal right now is to see our community grow and invest in the world around us. Part of that vision, is to revive homes in Peoria and create a stronger residential market.

We want to see Peoria boom, not just in real esate, but in all areas: small business, tech, art, entertainment, tourism, agriculture, education, and beyond.

We want to see people follow their dreams and execute on vision.

We want to see the region rise up as a city on a hill and light to the world — a place set apart under the Kingdom of God.

Buying a duplex may not shake the planet, but it’s a step in the right direction for us. We believe in this region and the power of bringing Heaven to Earth. Every single person has a dream whether they know it or not — let’s run after those dreams together.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14


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