She even has enough space to pull out her sewing machine, which is sentimental to her.
“The other thing as well is that I really love sewing, and I was given my Nana’s old sewing machine when she passed away, which is decades old and still going strong. My old place was hard for me because I would have to set it up and pack it all down every time I used it, but here I have a spare room where I can permanently leave it up. It’s one of my favourite hobbies that I’ve learnt a lot about from the women in my life and I feel like this space can bring me joy."
While Amy has only been in her apartment for a couple of months, she is optimistic about what the future holds.
“Every day I’m just so stoked to be living in the city because I thought it would never happen for me. My daily routine is so nice because I can walk home and take my time. I usually go to the supermarket, look in the bookstore windows on the way. It’s a great way to see the city on my way home and hearing birds in the trees. For years, I thought that there were speakers in the trees with bird sounds but turns out there’s just an insane number of birds on Willis Street!
“I’ve finally found a home that lets me go out and enjoy the vibrancy of the city but then I can come back to my own little sanctuary."
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