How was your weekend? I hope it was spent doing whatever you do to refill that tank of yours so you can show up as your brightest self this week.
Over at our house, it was a nice couple days of rest, catching up on work, and… oh, Home Depot.
Last week I told you that Jason and I had submitted a rental application on one of the places we toured (after ‘choosing hard’ ), and now we’re super excited to reveal that we were accepted to a beautiful modern condo near the beach in Oceanside, CA. I’m still pinching myself that we’ll get to be beach kids for a year!
As much as we’ll miss our current peaceful retreat in Poway — our first home base as Californians! — we’re ready to embrace this change and make a new place our home.
The trick is now patience. We’re at that stage in any big move where we just want to BE there already, you know? Moving day is in less than two weeks so we’ll have to hold out until then.
In the meantime, in typical Jason and Caroline fashion, the way that we decided to occupy ourselves and channel our excitement was to tackle some DIY projects that will make those new empty condo walls feel homey. (We’ve always been kind of DIY-addicted. I swear our entire relationship is just a series of Home Depot runs and matinee movies. What can I say, we’re old romantics. )
We spent Saturday giving this succulent wall in our dining room (already DIYd from metal fencing) a bohemian facelift with some sisal rope (does this make it a DOUBLE DIY? I’m becoming a monster!) The project took more than a few hours but it was so fun to get our hands "dirty" and see our vision for the thing come to life. (Look for the final product on Instagram once we move in!)
That project, plus this amazing art supplies caddy that we made and the hand-painted envelopes from the shop last week had me thinking a lot about what it means to "do it yourself." I don’t just mean the DIY approach to housewares and art and packaging, but the DIY approach to our own paths in life.
When I started Made Vibrant, I remember thinking that I wanted some way to combine my loves of creativity/design, business, and personal growth into one job that I truly enjoyed. But, looking around, I didn’t see many people successfully combining these multiple aspects into one cohesive brand.
This was early 2014 and at that time I saw designers talking about design; life coaches and lifestyle bloggers talking about personal growth; and internet marketers talking about business + marketing. Everything I read was telling me to choose one.
But I didn’t want to choose. I saw a path for myself that (in my mind at least) didn’t exist yet.
Now, granted, it was by no means a clear path. It was hazy and unsure like the details of a dream you can’t quite recall. But with a certainty I can’t explain, I knew my intuition’s compass was pointing in a direction completely my own.
So, instead of following someone else’s roadmap, I stuck to my own. Every decision I made or every step forward I took I made based on my own intuition, trying as best I could to stay close to this "DIY path" of mine.
A few years later, I’m proud to say that the road is getting clearer and more certain every day. I’m proud that I’ve created a sustainable business blending all three of my loves: creativity, personal growth and business.
I’m living proof that you CAN build the path of your dreams if you do it with authenticity, consistency, persistence, and tremendous belief in the unique perspective you offer this world.
What I'm here to tell you is...
It's the DIY approach to your happiest life; if the path you desire doesn't exist, CREATE IT.
This reminds me of a particular part of my intuition-inspired e-guide, Connecting With Your Core, and I want to share it with you now because I think it’s pertinent to this week’s theme:
"Instead of picturing yourself at a perpetual crossroads, unsure of which path to take, I want you to imagine yourself moving forward toward an unmarked path. One that you must carve out yourself… If looking ahead leaves you feeling lost and confused, then stop looking ahead and start looking within. Forge your path from the inside out. Let go of the preconceptions you have about what your future has to look like. There’s no need to retrofit yourself into a prefabricated route; you have the ability to create a custom life. One that unfurls from within.”
In the book, I call this little concept “your Invisible Future” and my DIY-filled weekend reminded me of the importance of this approach.
So, my friends, that’s your challenge this week: to embody your own Invisible Future.
Imagine that the path before you cannot be seen from this present moment because it will only emerge as you start to let your inner voice guide you. Erase whatever assumptions you have about “picking a path” or going down a route that has already been carved for you.
Now, with a blank slate, write down your ideal path and where it would lead you one year from now. Ignore whether or not this is based on anything you’ve seen anyone else do before.
Lastly, write down three actions you can take this week that will start you down that path you envision.
If you have a vision for what your life can become, believe in it. Take the energy you’d spend on second-guessing it and pour that into your determination to make it happen.
In other words, I’m giving you permission to DIY the sh*t outta your own life (no power tools or hot glue guns required.)