Embracing the Unknown

July 31, 2017

This week's musical tune to compliment the {field note} below as you read or do what you please: Jam Here.


"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all-- in which case, you fail by default." - J.K.Rowling

 here i was,

in the red rocks 

when i received notice

that i would be moving 

 a tiny house on wheels

all within ten days time.


i had no idea where i would go

 or what i would do.

i was over 1700 miles away

from where i needed to be

to get things in place + order.


 throughout the week

     + each minute passing

i questioned how i could move

this life i've been building the past year behind-the-scenes

    the retreat - one nail at a time

    the style - one thread at a time

    the book - one page at a time

    the blog - one {field note} at a time


i drank from a black mug that seemingly starred back at me...


the mug contained a sharp contrasting white lettered quote

penned from the "-unknown"

    & asked me,

"what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"


i sat with the question... the tea... the coffee... all that ever encompassed the mug.


it reminded me of a week prior 

in maui, hawaii

doing an off-the-grid,

steep as heck


down volcanic rock

for the first time.


as i approached the cliff-side edge,

there was an instant realization

that this was the real deal

with all of me, my hesitant legs + the rocks.


on the descend, there were many times

i would pause to collect my bearings.


in the middle of an intersection between left or right,

i also wondered what random rock formation

could potentially sculpt my foot + act as handholds next.


with every climb different,

loose flakes in between,

i had a commitment to this wall

that appeared to be created just for climbing.


there was a deep interaction in & of the moment

that took place

that i am here, + here

    + here...

   despite the complexities of such potentialities of falling

& that nature and i are totally intertwined on the edge.



a feeling of fear experienced on the climb

felt similar to what i was experiencing with

the unknown

of such a sudden move + life change

there was very little time to think before moving.


searching for another place to grip onto momentarily

i just had to trust

for just one.more.step.



like dust in the wind...

fear felt as if it was blowing away.

the end was in sight!


below me, a serene, natural + calm ocean tidepool...

              i jumped into the water.


another step forward,

 a last minute flight was booked back to the northwoods.

tired with a mind that was yearning for wide open space,

me + all of my wanderlust landed for the sixth time in one month

with wings once again grounded on the earth.


my first day back in wisconsin

was a happening collection before my eyes

of old vinyl siding from the 90's

soon to get a repurposed life

courtesy of the old moullette development & group.


not knowing how to install vinyl siding before the day began,

i sat with the materials

   just as i had with the black mug

& every YouTube video i had watched over time

drifted far,

far away from mind...


for here i was

in unknown territory again.

i held my first piece of upcycled almond vinyl in my hands

+ prayed that i wouldnt fail + screw this thing up.


there's only so much siding

+ it has to protect the wood sheathing underneath.

when the tiny house travels down the road...

oh my,

please may this siding stay intact.


one layer of siding after another,

+ i still didnt know where the tiny would be going,

   or how it's 38 feet would get moved.

all i knew was i just had to keep moving

+ i had 4 days until it needed to move.


after hammering my thumb 

+ cutting my skin up on it's tanning surface,

the vinyl siding was locked in + complete...


as i breathe into this colored canvas, my heart is full.

for i am gratefully humbled by family + friends who came together 

to make it all happen.

this time spent was definitely a shared capsule for the memory book...

   so meaningful to me


exhilarating + rewarding like the tidepool below the cliffside.


two days until the big move.

i reminded myself to keep calm,

   to just breathe

even when the framing doesn't quite fit on the wall

& the pieces of the puzzle havent quite come together yet...



the last full day of moving came by ever so quickly.

as i was on my last energy thread





i continued the move +

boxing things up.


still questioning

while trying my best to put everything in it's own place + order,


+ i needed them Now.


then like wildfire, everything clicked.

seemingly magical

+ of the moment

everything moved.


from a 10 day notice that i need to move,

to a change of plans,

a last minute flight,

   + lots of building in between, 

my life moved in 24 hours time.



after a sunset + an iced thumb,

continuing the movement

to dream.build.breathe.repeat. & T R A V E L

   i must.


even when i dont have everything all figured out

   i must keep fear in the backseat by the potato chips.

   i must keep moving forward through all of life's risks.


on this adventure of a ride

i am in the drivers seat

& through one field after another,

   whether i be traveling through new land, sea, or in my very own backyard,

i'm going to continue to fail.


so i cheers with a black mug of inspiration

     quoted from the -unknown

to us...

to fail spectacularly

to climb new heights

to jump into liberating water

    time & again.

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