You’ve heard of living ‘as if” right? As if your dream life is already your real life.
Well a couple of weeks ago, I accidentally got to do this when I did a weekend workshop with the fabulous Jane Davenport.
I walked up the driveway to Jane’s house and there it was. Her house was so similar to the dream house I’ve pictured it was scary. Deliciously scary. Big timber deck overlooking green paddocks for miles.
Her studio and store were like seeing your ‘Dream Studio’ Pinterest board come to life.
And listening to her talk about her business – oh my gosh. It was like a one on one business workshop. She was so generous. To hear how it REALLY works was such a gift. Just like the Donna Downey workshop though – it felt like I was the only one who realized just how big a deal it was for her to share this side of her life. And I soaked up every word.
She openly shared the business side of her life in amongst the actual journal class which was supposed to be the real reason we were there. She let us in on how she runs her online workshops – seeing her filming set up was one of my favourite secrets she revealed to us in her studio. Tales of traveling to teach (Paris anyone?). Chatting about some of my favourite artists as her close friends – imagine casually name dropping your friends like Flora Bowley in coversation? And she spoke of having well known publishers approaching her about books and videos and online series, of business contracts and international art shows…. can you imagine? Oh yes, she’s the real deal.
Sandy Forster wrote a book that has a great chapter about living as if. She would drive into the driveway of a mansion every day to know what it would feel like until one day it was true. (Not sure what the owner of the mansion thought….) And Danielle LaPorte just did a post on what your ‘ideal normal’ is.
To spend two days doing art in a place that is ‘so close to the life you’ve pictured it’s scary’ is intense.
Part of it is beautiful.
To feel it in real life. To live it for two whole days. Doing art on the deck, surrounded my acreage views, gorgeous weather, an amazing teacher. Ah, this is the life.
But part of it messes with your head a bit.
Because you can’t just choose that life overnight.
You can’t just cross your arms and nod your head like ‘I Dream Of Jeanie’ and poof, there it is.
Because you know it takes a lot of work to get to that point. And while you love living it just for a day or two, you are reminded just how far away you are from it being your every day. And I little bit of ‘I’m not good enough’ creeps in even though you know better. Even though you know that’s not what it’s about.
But seeing your dream life up close – really close – is intense and magical and divine and lots of other words that I can’t articulate…… It’s like the universe is giving you a preview of your future. Just enough to give you the courage to keep going. And it has the most beautiful energy to it that stays with you for weeks afterwards.
Got the chance to live your dream life in some way?