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.

May 13 2011 – Road Trip

May 13 2011

Road Trip!

I have decided to give myself a goal of blogging for 31 days. I have been so inspired by Samantha Kira, Willowing and Effie and their 31 day of Vlogging. Be sure to check them out and see just what I am talking about.

Last night I returned from my holiday to Abbotsford, BC. My oldest son Aaron lives in Mission (just outside of Abbotsford) with his dad. I decided it was time to be proactive and stop pouting about how much I miss him and go visit him for a weekend. It took me 3 days to travel each way, and I had to fight my fear of city driving and long distance driving ( I am terribly night blind and can only drive during daylight hours, of which we have very little here in the winter months). However; the journey was soooo very worth it. It was both a bittersweet journey and an amazing adventure for me. I have never driven past Prince George, nor have I driven in a city bigger than Prince George. I live in a “one light” town. Really, we have one set of street lights and one crosswalk light that really only blinks 24/7. Twice along the way, I went off the beaten trail and took the long way. I used my RoadAtlas and let my inner navigation lead me in the areas I was uncertain in. My inner compass proved to be far more effective than trying to decifer vague and incomplete city maps. A good lesson learned; to trust my inner voice and listen.

I braved the Coquihalla highway to visit Kamloops along the way. I have never been to Kamloops before, and after getting lost for 2 hours looking for my hotel room, ended up having no time to really check it out before it was dark.

While I have lots to share with you about my trip, I will spread it out over the weekend and share with you some of the photos from on my way down and a couple of pieces of penwork I during my holiday.

Here are a few images of some lovely textures i saw along the way there and a couple of sketches.  More photos to come tomorrow!

April 25 2011 – Suzi Says So

I am an Artist, Suzi says so….and so do I

Suzi Blu, one of my all time favorite mixed media artist/blogger/teacher’s is having a contest.  Suzi Blu was there during a difficult time for me a few years ago, and her inspiring videos encouraged me to embrace art and celebrate myself.

If you are not familiar with Suzi and her merry band of puppies, you must stop by her site (click here) and check it out.

Thank you Suzi, you truly have been a blessing!