Most every day, as soon as I step into the Airstream to dabble with work, I find myself feeling kind of amazed. With myself, with Robert, with life…with Goodness.
I. Worked. So. Hard.
For this Airstream.
For a portable studio space.
For the right to live where my husband lives in the summertime.
For the health and well being of my marriage and a nomadic lifestyle.
How did I do it? I did it the old fashioned way! I slaved in the studio until I had enough profit from my work (after paying the mortgage, buying groceries, paying all other living expenses and resupplying my work materials…) for us to purchase this big old rig. Then, I funded the refurbishing, and continue to fund the refurbishing with the profits from my work. It’s been a pure kind of business funding business. No credit cards. No loans. No inheritance to squander. No nothing, besides elbow grease, early mornings and late nights. And let me tell you, it hasn’t been cheap. Not even remotely. With that said, let me also say that Robert has toiled and worked his head off his broad and attractively well-muscled shoulders doing all the physical construction work on the refurbishing of the Airstream and he is, as you all know by now, utterly incredible and painstakingly perfectionist in all his project work. To put it lightly, he is my better half.
When we hooked up the Airstream to the truck in May and hauled it up to Washington, I spent a lot of time looking in the rear-view mirror as we streaked down the highway feeling so thankful and grateful and proud and pleased as punch for this thing we had toiled for. This thing we bled for, cried for, lost sleep over. The Airstream is a tangible result of our work, our team work. It’s so special and remarkable. I appreciate it every single moment of every single day.
Anyhow, today I found myself wondering about what special thing you have worked for lately? Big or small. A perfect party dress, a bigger chunk of free time, new nail polish, a house, a horse, land to put a house and horse on…a pair of Frye boots, a truck, a tattoo, a piece of art, a fancy dinner out, a vitamix (!!!), new shoes for your babies, opera tickets, a trip home…tell me about it. If you are in the midst of working hard for something, I want to know about it. I want to be a tiny part of that dream you are bringing true. Will you share?
I feel I should add that I didn’t want this post to be about *listing everything* we want in the comment section like materialistic fiends. I realize not all the examples I listed were purely noble or brilliant in nature…I just spewed out a random list of stuff. I also want to state that I don’t think it’s wrong to want things and have things. Not at all. This is all to say I have been thrilled that of the ten comments left on this post so far, the responses are REAL responses, wonderful responses, from hard working folks. Beautiful dreams. Wonderful success stories. Just what I was hoping for.
I did want to make you stop and think about why you work, or why your spouse works, about life goals and paths because I am in a place where I’m looking broadly at my life and am ready to set fresh goals and take new directions. As always, thanks for taking the time to respond.