On one of my most memorable walks with my sister, she asked me what things I'd like to do in my life, that I haven't done yet. Gosh, I love questions like that. I love talking hopes and dreams with people, but unfortunately, it's not usually part of everyday conversations. For the next few miles we talked about flying (her, not me), we talked about family sizes. We talked about biological kids and non-biological. We talked about farm houses, chickens, gardens and careers.
There's something about dreaming out loud that gives our dreams a little boost. Tugs in our hearts are paired with accountability and support and before we know it, those dreams start to become reality.
I'm a firm believer that the things that give us goosebumps are there for a reason. That thing that makes your heart pound and brings little tears to your eyes? Yeah, I think that's a passion that God gave you on purpose. It's not something just to be brushed under the carpet. Pull it out. Tell someone about it. Get someone on your team who helps you believe in yourself.
Tonight when I put Eliza to bed, I told her that she can be anything she wants to be when she grows up. Her biggest obstacle will simply be believing in herself. I want to plant those seeds of belief in her now. I want to hold her tight and tell her daily that she can do anything that she sets her mind to.
The same thing goes for us grownups. If you want to write a book, what are you waiting for? If you want to play the piano, then do it! I've been seeing so many posts lately where it just feels like people are throwing in the towel. They're expecting failure, before they've even started! Why are we giving up so easily or living like we don't have a choice?
So, I thought I'd dream out loud a little, because maybe if I do it, you will too. Or maybe you'll see that you're not the only one who is extremely thankful for your life, but has an ache for something a little different. We can practically burst with gratitude for the present, while planning for what's ahead, yes?
So, what's been going on in my head?
Well, here we go.....
I dream of selling our house within the next year or so and buying land and an old house to restore. I dream of a large garden, a field for our kids to run all day in and old apple trees. I want to go outside and drink coffee with my jammies on and I want to run in the sprinkler in my swim suit, unafraid that my post-baby body might cause the neighbors to wish for summer to be over. I want to paint late into the night with my husband and buy a goat or two, since I've heard that they need other goat friends.
I dream of a house that's comfy, inviting, not perfect, but full of character. I dream of buying a house that others might think is a big, old mess and then working as a family to restore the beauty that it used to have. And if we had to live in an RV for a month or two, well call me crazy, but I'd do it.
The idea of going through everything that we own and downsizing to live more of a minimalist lifestyle is also super appealing to me. I'm not much of a "stuff" person. I've learned that I live life better when my home is filled with less. I think clearer, my kids can find things easier and they actually play better when we have less clutter. With all of my heart, I believe that less is more.
While I'm so thankful for where we're at right now, farmhouse dreams and land fill my head.
What are you dreaming of right now?