Beachhouse part 1

So, no one has guessed the right bedrooms and baths yet…..

Want a better picture to get an idea?

The story behind the beach house.

We have had this beach house for about 8 years. We own it with another couple. We are fortunate to be able to have a joint ownership with no “real” snags. They are a great couple.

Looking at this you would think…..dang…she is lucky, right?

Well, the story behind the story.

I was wondering about really going here but I know that sometimes you HAVE to know it isn’t all “magazine” in real life. I have shared those stories with you before on “Because it is true”….so here you go again.

The short version.

When I divorced, this rental and another mountain rental were plopped in my lap. The mountain rental mortgage had not been paid. I didn’t know it and it killed me and my credit. It was only financed in my name…..

When they were plopped to me…they were only given because they were negative assets.

My ex-spouse had handled it all online, created the reservations systems, handled the accounting etc. I had no clue what to do. At all.

The mountain cabin rental incomes were taken, the debts not paid and I felt panic deep inside my bones.

Our partners in this house needed things to stay the same……..they didn’t need their boat rocked just because mine was going under….

It fortunately wasn’t in my name, so the mortgage had been paid.

And there you go……I had to handle both.

And I had no clue what I was doing.


But I learned.

I sold our beautiful log cabin in the mountains through a short sale. It was so tough and humbling. Time will heal my credit but the knowledge I gained in running both rental units was priceless. I decided to take that negative, devastating experience and use it to make this asset stronger.

And guess what?

This one is now leaning over “almost” into the positive now.

A slight lean.

Why even tell you all that?

Because the DIY stuff in me runs deeper than fixing up my house.

It kept me from giving up when I felt emotionally, financially and physically drained.

I didn’t want these two assets.

They were negative and I couldn’t afford them.

But I had no choice.
But I knew that I had a “choice” on how I reacted to what I had been given.

I wanted my children to learn that although the circumstances were not what we needed or wanted….we could “choose” to give up or not.

And I decided to not give up.

And I didn’t.

Because of that choice…. for the first time since my divorce we stayed in this beach house with my whole family this past week. It is the closest that I have had to “truly enjoying” this asset.

It was a healing time….in more ways than one.

This isn’t a fairytale.

It’s a tale…..

It’s real life.

So, the story isn’t over.

I still have a far way to go in renting this unit out.

I am now trying to learn how to target the golfers that come to our area.

But I figure if I can learn how to make sock bunnies, chalkboard mirrors, and how to  flip furniture on Craigslist….

Then I can figure out how to get a bunch of golfers to stay in our house.

We “choose” how we react to the circumstances that we have been dealt.

Short sales can be victories or defeat.

Negative assets can be an education or a loss.

Beach house’s can be “un-shabby” and still be blogged about, at least here they can.

And I will tell you all about it when it happens…..

Because it is true.

So, all that to say……

Do you ever get tired of me not pretending it is always pretty in my life?

Should I stick to pretty?

I think not.

I will show you more tomorrow.

Anyone see my cute, red CL sleeper sofa in the pic’s? How about my Goodwill woven end table/ottoman?

I have a lot to show you!

Besides, I can’t let you off the hook that easy… one has guessed how many bedrooms and baths yet.



0 thoughts on “Beachhouse part 1

  • March 29, 2012 at 12:38 am

    What a great and inspiring story! Just what I needed today. And please, do, keep keeping it real. I love real. OH — and — 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms? That’s my guess.


  • March 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Okay…love that you keep it real! So refreshing. Remember I am new here, and I don’t retain information well, so if I missed it, don’t shoot me! Where is this lovely beach house? We are a family of golfers! We also have many golfing friends at our club, and Matt is planning a golf trip with wives, but we haven’t settled on where. Maybe in September? Could you email me the details for reference? My email is

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  • March 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I say good for you!! Thanks for sharing from your heart. I’ll rent your house :). And my guess is 5bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

  • March 29, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Where is this beach house? It’s beautiful! 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms are my guess too

  • March 29, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Yeah….do tell where. You may have blogger friends that will keep it rented year round. How cool is that? When I get overwhelmed, I freeze and can’t do anything, especially when it comes to debt. I tip my hat to you for keeping it all together and being positive.

  • March 29, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Good for you. I love to read positive stories!

  • March 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Very inspiring story – you can do anything you put your mind to! Hang in there.

  • March 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    No golfers here, but we l.o.v.e the beach. Where is this gorgeous beach house located? We want a week!

  • March 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing, very inspirational! I know you’ll get those golfer’s there! I’m praying for ya! πŸ™‚

  • March 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Love the house…and the fact you keep it real! My guess is 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths…You should have no problems renting this house – but if you do…keep us in mind! We don’t golf but do beach!! πŸ™‚

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Share where it is, I’m headed out on spring break in about an hour… wish I’d have known about yours..going to Panama City Beach πŸ™‚

    I say 4 real bedrooms, 2 open bunk areas and 2 & 1/2 baths…

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for being willing to share the real, less than desirable things in your life. You can make such a great influence on others, whether in same circumstances or not, by your honesty. It makes me feel that we are truly friends, not just a writer and reader of this awesome blog, more connected. It is an awesome house, and I was admiring your furnishings. “Bet she did that white round table herself,” thoughts in my mind. My guess, 3 full bedrooms, 3 lofts, 3.5 baths.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Good on you for looking for the positive….it is not always an easy thing to do.
    when I was with hubby number one I had to start over so many times I have lost count.
    Hmmmmm…there is a blog in there somewhere.
    What it DID teach me was to appreciate the little things in life!
    Big hug.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I understand being given, what I like to call “curve balls” in your life – I’ve had many. From divorce (my ex left me two days before the I was to pay for my last semester of college (my teaching internship – thank goodness for a great professor who got me a scholarship) to having to get off the road (my husband and I were full time RVer’s) to take care of my mom. You are so right – you have the choice to make it or let it break you. Thanks for sharing (my guess is 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms).
    Hugs –
    Carol @arewethereyet

  • April 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    What an inspiring post! You’re my hero! Best wishes on finding the golfers!
    6 bedrooms?
    Have a great weekend!


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