How to remain motivated through challenging times.

May 23, 2017

A man walking across a field encounters a tiger. He fled, the tiger chasing after him. Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Terrified, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger had come, waiting to eat him. Two mice, one white and one black, little by little began to gnaw away at the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine in one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted! 

 

As the build of project tiny house & an eco friendly wardrobe has been well underway, the movement has at many times been unpredictable. 

 

While finishing up the last of the subfloor build, I began searching for materials within phase 2: walls and a roof

Reclaimed metal seemed like a good option being

budget friendly, 

built-to-last, 

unlimited color possibilities 

& mustn't I forget... sounding pretty magical when it rains, does it not?!

Well the day we set out to tackle the construction for the roof, we opened the box for a skylight that already had a rough opening placed with 2x6's.

At that moment,

it was concluded that metal would not be a suitable material

to install for the long term sustainability of a skylight.............

I either had to modify the design with the skylight, or change the plan with the metal. 

 

Amidst these "tiny" decisions, has been the build of the first eco-capsule wardrobe tee. As the walls & roof went up, we had begun phase 2 with Naked + Numeric:

putting the measurements of design to the test,

sewing together the pattern into 3-D life! 

As the fabrication was placed together with

multiple stitch patterns + 3 different sewing machines,

I came to the conclusion that the organic cotton fabric

was not producing the long term, high quality we seek.

 

And so the journey continued, searching for new materials in replacement of the once metal roofing & organic cotton fabric!

 

In between it all...

Last week, I had a few unexpected leaks in the tiny house,

there were tornado's that wiped out surrounding land, homes, and loved ones property,

and there were a few dreary, rainy days (& magical moments) in between.

 

None of this was planned, but sure enough, it was all presented --- 

All I could do was continue to move forward

focusing on solutions to the best of my ability.

 

Here's how I remain motivated through challenging times.

 

Whether I am

going through a new learning curve,

am experiencing a natural disaster or accident of some kind,

feeling stuck,

or am simply questioning my next move,

I have a choice in direction with this ---

  • Am I going to label it as a "problem" or as a "challenge" being an opportunity?

  • Can I find a silver lining?

  • How can I look at this from a different perspective?

  • Is there something I can take from this to learn something new?

Truth is, no matter how much I plan or prepare ahead of time for anything ---

 from rain to shine

or to having a roof over my head,

& clothing on my back made with intention + purpose,

the consistency of change is inevitable.

As I reawaken to new thoughts and perspective over each change upon me,

a new moment is here,

time & again.  

As Emily Dickinson says,

"Forever is composed of Nows."

Through challenges, am I going to enjoy the strawberry? 

 

"Just keep your head held high, kiss your fist and touch the sky." 

 

Although the solution may not be presented right away,

there's always space for a little light at the end of the tunnel.

And so once upon a time I said,

"Let there be (sky)light!" 

Whether our sights are on 

intentions,

dreams,

plans + designs,

or growth

there's always space for strawberries, magical moments, and challenges in between. What if we were to greet them all as equals in this story of a game called life? 

 

I certainly don't have all the answers, but here's one simple truth I've come to find... (considering I'm a pretty big fan of a simple life and all) ---

 

If it's something I really care about, it's not a matter of asking

how can I make myself do what I have to,

but rather changing the tone, asking how soon can I get started on this.

Within the mission of building "tiny" dreams & things each day, 

through every baby step,

growing pain,

& even on the most uneasy of days when circumstances are cloudy & winded,

the freedom of the moment is always available. 

Perhaps the more we cultivate A Space to Be & Love, the more we simply focus on what matters the most to us. May we follow our true paths that light us up.

This week's complimentary tune : Jam HERE.

 

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