Sasha Kemble
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Preparation & Opportunity

Sasha Kemble on February 22nd, 2013 1 Comment

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. – Seneca

A few years ago on my personal blog, I wrote a love letter to Seattle. I’d lived here for school before returning to my hometown for a few years after college, and it was a big deal for me to return to Seattle again in early 2009. Seattle holds some of the most positive (and at other times, most challenging) experiences that have shaped my life and made me who I am today. And though some may complain about the clouds that blanket our fair city, or talk in hushed tones about the “Seattle Chill”, I find myself waking up each morning, peering outside, and thinking that I wouldn’t live anywhere else. We have so many amazing people (and amazing views!) in the PNW, and all the gray makes our few weeks of sunshine feel like a blessing we shouldn’t take for granted.

Sometimes I feel like Seattle and I have been in a long-term relationship. There have been many fun memories as well as moments of doubt, where I’d find myself wondering if this was the right place for me to be – and I’ve been fortunate (well, thanks to a lot of discipline and sacrifice) to now be in the right place to commit to Seattle for the long-term. Today, I’m turning over a hyperventilatingly large sum of money to an escrow company and committing myself to Seattle for the foreseeable future. Today, Sasha becomes a home-owner in Seattle! Hip hip hooray!

It’s been a long journey. I had to set goals, learn how to budget, and (several times) resolve to change. Then I had to make those changes to meet those goals. There’s a lot of sacrifice that I haven’t covered in my writing for Verity (who really wants to hear me moan and groan about the things that I didn’t get to do?), but I’m grateful that it’s been worth it.

I know that owning a home is not something everyone wants, and after the economic crisis that came from a lot of bad mortgages during the housing bubble, many people are emphatic in saying that home ownership is not the right path for them. That’s cool, too! But for those of you to whom home ownership is something you aspire to, please find some inspiration in my story.

I went from being a kid who could never save, to a young adult with a lot of debt (and checkered payment history), to a (decently) financially-competent adult who would surely have been unrecognizable to my own self as recently as five years ago. I never thought I’d be a homeowner in this city that I love (especially not on my own), and I’m grateful for the opportunities and hard work that led me here.

I’m also beyond grateful to work for a great company, to have a lender who supported me through the whole purchase process (not coincidentally, also the same great company I work for!), a realtor friend who patiently helped me realize what I could find if I had patience myself, dozens of friends and family cheering me on along the way… and I’m grateful to have somehow found the ability deep within myself to bring my dream into reality. I couldn’t have done it without the cooperation of the great people (and organizations!) in my life.

Seattle, I love you. I’m happy we’re going to be together for the long-run. XOXO, Sasha

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. – Seneca

Sasha Kemble

Sasha may be the shyest social person you’ll ever meet. She joined Verity in 2009, with a couple years in the Credit Union Movement already tucked under her belt (amidst coffee-making and bagel-slinging, running a non-profit, and trying her hand at farming). 

An eternal optimist (except, you know, when she’s not), she enjoys exploring her surroundings and having adventures with friends; yoga, running, reading, writing, and good food. Though not a remarkable cook, she is nonetheless a sincere one and admits she’d be better if there were three more hours in every day. When not doing one of the many activities mentioned in the previous two sentences, she counts herself lucky to be peacefully at home, cuddling with her partner and their cat.

One Response

  1. Crystal M says:

    Congratulations Sasha! That is a huge milestone and you should totally be celebrating! 😀

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