Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dreams Moving Forward

"All our dreams can come true, 
if we have the courage to pursue them."
-Walt Disney

If you've read daisy's dream just below our header,
you know that we've been itchin' to head for higher ground 
for some time.
We waited for a definitive sign.
Well, last week we got it.

Big K was up for a promotion at work.
He'd been doing the job already for a few months,
after his coworker retired.
We figured he had a good chance of getting it.
He already knew the job, and financially, it was a blessing.

 I had a feeling about it the day before we officially got the news.
Keeping in mind that we live in a deed-restricted HOA community,
ya know what happened?
On my morning walk, there was a chicken at the end of the block.
I'm not talkin' Perdue on a grill,
a real, live chicken mozying through one of my neighbor's front lawns.
That gave me a clue as to where we were headed.
I believe in signs...

He didn't get the promotion.
We've pondered why as he certainly deserved it
and proved that he could do the job.
He has a strong work ethic 
and always goes above and beyond to get the job done.
We considered fighting it,
but ultimately, we decided,
this was our chance to move on.

After years of talking about moving to North Carolina 
to start our homestead,
we finally have the ability to go for it.
So many times this intention has been written in my daily journal.

Our vision board is loaded with wishes, desires 
and hopes for the future.
Now we can get started on making them come true.

Although we have been talking about this plan for a while,
it didn't stop us from living our life.
To my way of thinking, God wants us to be happy,
no matter where we are.
We may not be in the location we yearn for,
but we can still make a good life as long as we're together.
That's what we've done.
Finding local pesticide-free produce 
and then being mentored by such an amazing couple of farmers
was preparing me to strike out on my own.
Starting this blog and learning so many helpful skills
will help us keep continuity in our lives during the changes.

One thing that's become apparent to me in the past few years,
is that the less you struggle with what comes your way,
the easier your life flows.
Once I realized this, so many things have gotten better.
Listen for God's whispers and do what feels right.

We are very excited to be able to begin this next phase of our lives.
We've never lived anywhere but Florida as a family,
and Big K and I have lived here most of our lives.
We know that it will be challenging,
especially for Lil' Guy, who has difficulty with change,
but overall, we feel strongly 
that this is the step we are destined to take.

I look forward to a more seasonal way of life,
enjoying the simple pleasures of a rural reality
while working on creating a superb quality of life for ourselves 
and helping others do the same.

Onward and upward!

What advice do you have 
for minimizing the daunting task of relocating?

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history 
-- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience --
 laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death."
-Robert Fulghum

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