Life is Moving at Lightning Speed

If things did not change, there would be no butterfiles
If things did not change, there would be no butterflies

Moving day is fast approaching!  I have been officially self-employed for almost a week now and it is AMAZING!  Tomorrow my son is leaving for our new home with what is left of our “stuff”.  I have spent the past week doing a major purge, and it feels great to let go of so much “stuff”.  I have edited, and edited and edited my belongings to fit in my future “tiny home”.  Life is moving lightning fast and it is amazing.  I took the day off yesterday to enjoy the beautiful weather and take a bit of a breather.  I am feeling jazzed and ready to go today.

It feels good to shake things up and open myself up to new possibilities.  I am super excited to spend some more time with my Dad this year, he is an amazing man with a quiet and gentle soul, an incredible gardener and builder and I can not wait to learn from him and hang out with him!  Bonus, my son finally gets some much-needed Grandpa time too!  There are so many wonderful things to look forward to with this move that I can hardly contain my excitement.  Actually, I can not contain it AT ALL!

Last week was my last Creativity Class here in Fort Nelson for the next while, and we had a stellar time!  I am so grateful for all of the amazing people who can out to get creative with me over the past year.  I have learned so much from my AMAZING students.  Thank you all for sharing with me!

My course goes into beta testing this week.  I am so excited to launch it once I arrive in Rose Prairie.  I am slowly pecking away at getting this new website thing figured out, it has been a bit of a struggle switching to this entirely new program, but I will be able to do so much more with it in the end.  Tabitha, the ROCKSTAR, is coming to help me get it figured out this weekend!

If you have not already done so, please make sure to sign up for newsletters and updates from my new blog, Living UP.  For the next little while, this is where my main focus will be until I have it established.  The painting is taking a brief hiatus for the time being, but the creativity will never stop!

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.