My dad kept asking me, “What’s your vision?” I found that it was hard to articulate my answer in specifics. I mean, I had an idea of what it looked like. But that was it – an idea, a feeling, a daydream, or in other words “wishful thinking”.
Over the past few months he kept pushing me to write it down and articulate it. I tried but it never turned out exactly how I wanted. One day something clicked and the floodgates opened…
My California house has a bright red front door. It is well-lit with beautiful natural light. The house is clean because I have a weekly house cleaner. The inside of the house is colorful with gorgeous southwest colors on the wall: tandoori red, olive, lime, plum and mustard with splashes of turquoise everywhere. The house is fresh and organized. There are beautiful hardwood floors, with mediterranean mosaic and Mexican style tile work throughout.
There is a separate barn studio that has a private classroom and gallery showroom. Again, the barn has perfect natural light with very large windows and skylights. The office space is in the loft of the barn. It is comfortable and extraordinarily organized. This upstairs office space is minimal and streamlined for success. I have a comfy love seat where a student or client can sit while me or my assistant can sign them up for classes, sell them art and ring up their credit card.
My website is cutting edge with current, amazingly breathtaking artworks. It has a seamless online shopping cart where people can easily purchase art or register for workshops and SOMEONE ELSE MANAGES THE WHOLE THING FOR ME!
The studio/classroom space can accommodate 8 students. The electricity never blows because the house and barn are on solar power. By the way, we pay zero in electricity. The studio/classroom is spacious and totally organized. The electricity is professionally installed. Extension cords come down from the ceiling, there is excellent cross air ventilation, the windows even have lovely shades to block the sun when it gets toasty in the summer.
Attached to the studio is an outdoor gathering area for taking breaks, dining and getting fresh air. There are overhead pergola-style trellises that provide natural shade. Students/clients can sit at a long reclaimed wood barn table to have their lunches. It will be aromatically amazing outside because there will be all sorts of lovely flowers like honeysuckle, lemon verbena and jasmine. The inside of the studio smells equally bee-autiful because of the beeswax. When I, my students and my clients walk into my studio/classroom/gallery they feel at ease, at home, ready to create and ready to spend money.
I am an independently employed professional artist, visionary, teacher and inspiration. I am independently wealthy I live with total financial freedom and serenity.
Everyday I work towards making my dream a reality and this blog post is another step closer. I wanted to share my vision because when we write down our dreams and put them out into the world they go beyond “wishful thinking”. By putting pen to paper we focus our energy and something special happens: ever so slightly life begins to shift and our dream becomes intention.
So what happens? I will cover some of the following steps in my next blog post “Living the Dream part 2” so stay tuned! In the meantime I encourage you to write down your dream and at this point “wishful thinking” is ok – think big, reach for the moon, but more importantly: be specific, be articulate, and have clarity.
See you next time!