Life Lessons: Dreams

May 15, 2018

Have you ever been told that you’re not good enough? Or that you didn’t possess the knowledge, resources, or experience to do something? Maybe you were applying for a new job, pursuing higher education, or working on a new project. Does this sound familiar? Sharing our experiences and knowledge, (or lack thereof) supports our dreams to learn, accept failure, enjoy success, and ultimately grow.

We’re often asked if we purchased our home to flip or renovate it. Our response is that we purchased the home to live within our means, be close to at least one of our full-time jobs, and own some property.  Like most first time home buyers, we assumed the home would need a coat of paint on the walls and maybe hang a few pictures. Quickly we learned that our new home needs lots of love!

We discussed what we would do first. We received several quotes to fix some of our home issues such as replacing walls, floors, ceilings, fireplace, bedrooms, bathrooms, redoing the kitchen, electrical, plumbing, insulation, removing mold, etc.  Imagine our surprise when no one would return our calls and the quotes we did receive the were astronomical in price. My husband and I decided to fix everything at once. Just like HGTV. No problem, it’ll only take 30 minutes. Or maybe one to two years…  Okay, so maybe in ten years, we’ll be finished with our home, ha-ha.

In the previous blog post, we discussed how to enjoy the chaos of life. We failed when we tried to fix everything all at once. Yes, that’s right. I admit it! We absolutely failed! There is no way to complete everything all at once. Our failures taught us several lessons which were to pick only one project at a time and how to communicate. No matter how mundane or difficult it may be. The rest of life and house lessons are the fun ones. You don’t have to have all the knowledge, skills, and experience. You do not have to be an expert. All you have to have is passion, determination, and an appetite for learning! My husband and I rebuilt our master bedroom floor, tore down our ceilings, replaced our insulation, and removed rat feces. Yes, RAT FECES. Ew!

No matter what small brown gifts of smelly joy life may deliver to you (such as rat feces)…  We learned that we are good enough. We can make our dreams come true ourselves. While the temptation to quit seems endless, I encourage you to ignore self-doubt, naysayers and go for it! What do you have to lose?

With love,