Living the Millionaire Life
I am sure this post’s title sparked your interest! This is more about living a dream, than it is about a fat bank account, though, more about finding joy. Years before my etsy shop, when my house was full of little boys, I had a dream to live my best life. I wanted to be thriving, not just surviving. Most days it was hard to find joy as all 3 of my boys were under 5 and my house and life showed it. While I spent many hours watching my boys grow and learn, I needed something to do for myself. So I started a dream journal, “What I would do if I won the Lottery.”
Being an at-home homeschooling mom with a husband who worked long hours gave me a lot of time to think. I was starting to feel like I was losing myself in a world of plastic toys and boy stuff. My journal was fun and gave my brain something to do. Now something you must know about me, if I am going to do something, I do it well! Even my daydreams – I did them well. I planned and made a list, well several hundred lists (but who’s counting)? I planned crazy extended family vacations and made green living camping villages. Over time, my list came down to what I would truly do, how I would live with no obstacle.
I found the real me while doing this fun game, and one day, I thought, ‘the only thing keeping me from this dream life is not the lottery but ME’. Before, I had decided that to have this BEST life I needed money, but I didn’t, I just needed a plan! My journal had now become a dream board. I collaged what I saw my life being, and everyday I prayed and meditated about it. I found pictures on the internet that gave the feel of what I truly wanted and I tacked them on my board. Slowly my dream was mapped out before me, and I placed it on the wall and I looked at it everyday! I envisioned myself there, and soon, I realized I could have what I wanted as long as I was open to how it came to me.
Being open was probably the hardest part… accepting that things could just come to me because I wanted them. Like I wanted a great pair of jeans that fit just right, but maybe, I had to be open that they might be hand–me-down and not a great bargain at the mall. As I was given each gift from my board, the picture it represented was taken down. Soon, I could see spaces opening, and as they did I reworked and added new things.
My husband and I had given up hope of having a little girl or at least that is what we/I said. I had a tiny picture of a baby tied up in a pink ribbon on my board, and the day we got our ultrasounds showing her, I kissed it, took it down and put it in my journal. She is perfectly what I wanted!! She was very girly and sweet! She also brought me my desire to make things. I wanted to fill her world with pretty things, things I made for her. Out of that came my shop full of lovely girly things to treasure and adore. This brought a new chapter to my life and ETSY into my world.
Slowly each picture came down: a house in the country, in Pennsylvania, to be exact, with room for the boys to run; a new job for the hubby, with a short commute and more time for the family, to name a few. We got like-minded friends for me and the kids, and a great homeschooling community. My business is booming and I opened a brick and mortar store in town. All things that we have been blessed with have been taken down, one by one.
We keep dreaming; it is the best part of being human. We have now made a new board focusing on our family and the mini farm we will have one day. The greatest lesson I learned is that our hearts’ desires are just waiting like tiny seeds, just under the ground, to be able to grow and bring us joy.
What would you put on your dream board?
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Blessings and magic,