Sparks, Dreams and Inspiration

Today was a play day.  You could have called it a work day, but it was one of those days when I was so engaged in what I was doing that it felt more like play.  I love days like those!

I spent the day planning for our move.  I started by making a rough cardboard model of my new tiny home/studio.  I want to make sure that I can easily fit and function in a 8 x 16 foot tiny space.  Building a model allows me to play with window placement, getting an idea of where my work spaces will be to maximize natural lighting,  to plan out my custom furniture so that it will function to capacity and it allows me to better understand the tasks ahead.  There is also the added bonus that it is also a lot of fun to make your own dream house.  Can I fit a wash tub? How can I maximize storage and make my studio area optimize my time?   Having a visual object to focus on also allows me to work out potential problems and challenges.

From there, I went on to plan my materials budget, timeline, etc.  I planned out my financial needs for the time I will need to build and prepare.  I made a list of the things I can prepare ahead of time.  The fewer trips I have to make to town for supplies, the more money I can use to make my tiny home perfect for me.  Working on my budget was exciting!  I can see when I will make my final cable payment, I can see how the money for this is coming together.

Tomorrow the first small load of my belongings will be heading to the farm to wait for my arrival.  One more step towards the goal.  YAY!

But by far, the best part of my day, was getting my 17 year old son truly engaged in what we are doing.  Watching me build and plan,  pulled him into what I was doing.  It opened a dialog about dreams and how we can achieve them.  Now, not only were we working on my dreams, but he began to start setting his own goals and dreams.  If you have ever tried to teach your child to budget and save money, you know how much information gets absorbed after the eye roll.  Getting him engaged and excited about this is far more effective.

The more we talked, the more the ideas exploded!  I was able to coach him to speak as if these things are going to happen, instead of using if’s and when’s. Before I know it he is taking about the other courses he needs to take, what truck he needs, he started a list of the tools he will be buying and putting in that truck, even the safety equipment he wants to have in it.  Soon he is showing me examples of what his shop will look like and talking about where he wants to buy land to put it and why.  We begin discussing budgeting, hard work, credit, insurance,  preparation, etc.

It was AMAZING to watch as ideas “sparked” and to see the hope and inspiration that this is generating for him.  I can not wait to see my kids achieve their dreams! I can not wait to achieve more of mine.  I am truly blessed and life is INCREDIBLE!  It is all up from here.

How do you dream?  How do you plan to make those dreams come true?  Do you use visual aids to focus on those goals?  I would love to hear how you do it.

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