56) Kidneys and Keys

We found out at the weekend that our current rental situation will be coming to an end soon and we will need to find a new place to live.

Someone asked me this morning how the apartment hunt is going. I decided not to mention that I had just googled “can you sell your organs” to see if we could potentially get a house deposit together.

As I sit at my desk trying not to tear my hair out as I call, and subsequently get rejected by, every rental company in Queenstown due to the fact that we have dogs, I remember moving in here.

I remember how as we unpacked our plates and our pots and pans I said to Gerry “just think, the next time we move it will be into our first home that we just bought!”. That had been the plan, move in here for a few years, save up a deposit and buy a house.

Here I am 3 years later frantically trying to bribe rental companies/sell my organs so that we have a place to live. It’s fair to say I am cursing myself for not being more money savvy over the last few years.

I had to have a talk to myself, both for the sake of my sanity and the safety of my, apparently not completely necessary, second kidney. It’s the easiest thing in the world to think about the things we don’t have and we haven’t done. That’s what consumerism is based on. It’s so much better to think about what we have done in that time.

We got NZ residency, that wasn’t cheap. We started a business, also not cheap! We adopted our first rescue dog Mario. Gerry proposed on a snow covered mountain top and made me the happiest woman in the world. Our family came over for our dream wedding and met our second rescue pup Bruce. We went on a honeymoon. The truth is we have been blissfully happy here for the past 3 years. We have lived.

Would I swap any of those things for a house deposit? Not one.

I have to remind myself that everything happens for a reason. Good will come from this but it’s hard to see that when you’re in the thick of it. I’m scared about where we will live and what will come next but I’m excited for the new journey that life is pushing us into. It has never led us wrong before.

On an unrelated matter if anyone is interested in organ purchase, call me, asking for a friend…!

Come say hi:





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