Trying to buy a house

The move! Dun dun duuuuun……

FINALLY this past weekend we started getting our boxes hauled over to the new place. Wait wait. Not the new place per say….

Those who have been following me on twitter for the past year know that we have been trying to buy a house. We found one last September and have been saving every last freaking penny we have for this place. Rory found a second job just to put his entire check into savings. Luxury Lane Soap has been paying the bills and feeding us. Team work FTW.

Fast forward through many bank appointments and a lot of learning and question asking, going through excitement as we were approved for everything, about to sign for the loan and then sadness when lenders decided they weren’t comfortable with the property. Rinse and repeat many, many times and this is where we are.

Thank goodness the sellers of our future home are SO AMAZING and they are willing to wait until we find a bank that works for everyone. The thing is, this property is like non other in our entire county. It is almost 100 years old and a brick fortress. The land around the house could be used to build two or three new homes, which would be much more profitable for the banks and city, tax wise. Regardless, we are $35,000 short and we need to sell our house in Primghar…fast.

My point….In order to get the house sold we need to be out of it. So were do we live? We are moving to the apartment above the garage in the back yard of our future house. Did you get all of that? This will not be easy. The space is very tiny. (I will post a video of it later this week.) It will be cramped, claustrophobic and stressful. And, it embarrasses me.

And then it embarrasses me that I am embarrassed.

The next two months are going to be the hardest I think we have ever had to endure. I am not going to sit here and make a list of how frustrating this all is. Instead, I am going to redirect his blog while we move and keep recored of how this all pans out. For two reasons…

1. Nothing worth having comes easy. I am at the point where most people stop. The comfort level has been surpassed. If I can do this YOU can do this. I hope to inspire at least one of you to go that extra mile and achieve whatever it is you are trying to reach.

2. I want a personal record of this moment. This is something pivotal. It isn’t just buying a house anymore. As a family, we are becoming something more.

It may sound overly cliche’…but this just feels like one of those things you want some sort of record of, you know?

I am working on getting a wordpress blog all figured out so I can keep everyone updated about what is going on personally, and with the business. I love you Blogger, but I have outgrown you.

And on that note, I want to let everyone know that if I seem a little bit gone this week it is because I will be making/shipping orders during the day and packing/moving at night. ♥

Stay tuned as I get my ideas in better form and keep your eyes open for a new blog layout this week. 😀 I really just wanted to give you all a heads up and thank you SO very much for being a part of this. Like I have said a bazillion times before this, my business has become a success because of YOUR support. You shower me in an abundance of love. Seriously. Thank you.

This is where I make some grand exit.That works. ♥

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What happened with house hunting?

While chatting on Twitter, it was brought to my attention that people were actually paying attention while we were trying to buy a house to expand Luxury Lane Soap….So what happened?

We lost the house we wanted to a cash buyer. I cried. We kept on looking. (Yes, we *might* have been able to fight it, but when it comes right down to it, that house just wasn’t meant for us.)

So, completely by chance, my neighbor stopped by while I was shooting some product pictures and one comment led to another. There was a house meant for us. It was actually waiting for us.

And that’s all I am going to tell you about this house because, very much like me, it is different. It is also out of our price range. However, after meeting the current owners, seeing the house and having that feeling that we belong…Ok Ok, before I get mushy and cliche’ I just want to point out that I make decisions based on air. Really. If you have ever gone house hunting, you know that feeling of when you walk into a new house and your gut feels something. I felt something in this house. A good something. A happy something.

We had always planned on having a middle house, and THEN buying land and building a home. Not with this place. This is the first property I have ever looked at and wanted to grow old in. This is were I want to be for the rest of my life.

Yup. It is that serious.

Out of my price range? Yup. Kids are in the middle of the school year. I’m just jumping into my prime selling season…Clearly, this is not the time to buy a house. BUT the sellers are so cussing awesome they are willing to wait until next Spring for us. THAT, that right there, see, my house was waiting for me.

That is also the first time I have called it MY house, because it isn’t my house. Not yet. And I won’t dare say it out loud. I won’t post pictures of it and I wont even tell you were it is. But when I get it, you are all invited over for a HUGE slumber party. I kid you not.

The facts. Luxury Lane Soap HAS to double sales in order to move. I have to push my company to the next level. I’m ready, and what better time? So, I also need to step up my marketing, which means more product tweets and NEW products! Growth.

“I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.” Thomas Edison

I have failed a lot. A lot. In life, in business…All of my failures have been preparing me for this. And, if I don’t get this house, guess what? It is only prepping me for my next success. #fact

What does this mean for YOU? Well, aside from spending the past few minutes of your life reading my hopeful blog post…

1. More product tweets in my twitter feed. (I have also changed my background to showcase products and my twitter name to Luxury Lane Soap, but my tweets are STILL @KyleeLane)

2. More blog posts. As much as my business is business, I will be posting more personal blogs (like this post) because there is no reason not to share the trials and tribulations of being the CEO of a growing home based business.

3. MORE PRODUCTS! Woo! Currently, the Luxury Lane Soap catalog holds over 62 products along with various scent and color combinations. This is going to grow weekly. Really.

4. More side projects and websites….Oh yeah baby, I don’t mess around with expansion.

With all of this, I want YOU to know that I am not going to become one giant commercial. I don’t even watch TV because I cussing haaaaate commercials…But there will be a few changes. Also, NEVER, EVER feel pressured to promote Luxury Lane Soap. I love you regardless. You know that.

Well, I will love you even more if you pass along the good word.

I have a huge goal and I am going to rock the crap out of it. Watch me.

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