There are constantly so many things I want to say, so many things to write about, but I always have reasons why I shouldn’t or can’t… (other things I feel like I should be prioritizing – whether a client project, a personal project with a deadline, an obligation, etc. or parts and pieces of a post that aren’t ready yet)
I remember when my family first moved to China when I was 15. I thought my life was over for the 6 months it took me to acclimate and get to know a couple of friends.
It wasn’t just me. My family was all floundering around in survival mode for a while.
Transitions tend to be that way.
Strangely, I feel like we’re currently in a transition. I’m not quite sure what it means.
The season is in transition – at least I pray to God it is. Spring, where are you?!
Our lifestyle is in a bit of transition – we’ve been clearing out more, taking more steps toward minimalism. It feels like we can’t get there fast enough.
Our church is in transition – it’s time for a new way of looking at how church integrates into daily life. And no, of course I am not speaking of a building.
My spirit, I think *our* spirits, are in transition, into a new and deeper place.
And wrapped up in all of that, I feel like our dreams are in a strange place of transition as well.
8+ years ago when we made a conscious decision that we wanted to someday work at home together with any children that we might have, it wasn’t at all about what we would be doing for work.
We always knew our hearts were passionate about creating in some capacity or another, or all of the capacities, LOL. But constantly everything seemed to stand in the way of really embracing that.
Both being an oldest child, I think it was probably somewhat ingrained in us to take calculated risks, to be responsible. So for years we worked at what we *had* to in order to keep making some sort of progress toward the goal of no more “day job”.
It didn’t feel like there was any room for the guilty pleasures of creating.
Looking back now, I honestly have no idea whatsoever how we survived. Only by the grace of God.
Programmed to do what had to be done, I wouldn’t realize how stressed I actually was until physical symptoms started to show up and I would think I was dying or something.
I don’t know where our life will be by the end of this year. I don’t even really know what we’ll be doing. If you happen to be a client of ours, don’t think you need to bail and find a new designer – we don’t have any plans to stop 😉
It’s just that through the time it took to get here, through the being responsible and doing the things we had to do, we kept pushing our creative selves to the back burner with the promise that we’d let them out “someday“.
Now that we’re here – as tentative as “here” feels, we’ve realized that it’s still really hard to let our creative selves out. There are still so many things that need to be done. There is still that ever-in-the-future ideal when “this” and “that” are “thus” and “so” that we can finally afford to explore what we really love.
And it is at this point that I give you an earnest warning.
A perfect time will never come.
There will always be reasons NOT to do what you love.
You may not even really know or understand what it is that you really want to do.
But you have to start now.
You cannot, I repeat CANNOT wait.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the smallest thing, but Do. Something. Every. Day.
That was the most repeated message when we asked 30+ people in some stage of following their dreams all over the country last year what their advice for others wanting to follow a dream.
Start. Do something every day.
You know what is so important about doing something every day? Time doesn’t stop. Before you know it you look up and a quarter of a year is already gone.
Life happens. Intentional life does not just happen.
Planning and scheduling may not seem glamorous or romantic, but if you do not make time in your life for the things that matter to you, they simply will not happen.
Exploring is good.
I’m not saying you should try to rush off on your own, bowling over those around you, or God forbid, God himself as you race past toward your personal goal.
I’m saying if you have something in your heart that you enjoy, something that is life-giving, make some space in your day for that. Whether it is half an hour, 10 minutes, even 5 minutes – do it. And do it again the next day, and the next.
The little daily choices we make, the seemingly insignificant things, even when we don’t feel like we have any control over our life at all because it is just stuffed to the gills with obligations and responsibilities – those are the building blocks of the rest of our life.
Don’t underestimate what 5 minutes can do.
If you don’t feel like you even know which end is up, don’t know what your heart even wants, take that 5 minutes and pray for God to show you. Take 5 minutes and just dream with God.
We are firm believers that you cannot dream bigger than God. We know that he has big things for your life.
We make our tentative goals and do our best to move forward as we’ve been doing since we met, really. But we remain ever watchful for new doors which God may have for us.
Because he is always up to something, and it is always good.
We’re committing to Vlogging Every Day in April (VEDA) as part of the YouTube community and part of exploring what God might want to do in other parts of our life. I don’t know what we’ll find to vlog about every day, but I’m guessing there will be a little of this:
and a little of that
We’d love for you to subscribe to our channel and follow along on that journey 😀
Will you commit to doing something every day? Whether or not it’s something specific, we’d love to know!