What are you willing to do for your dreams? Are your dreams worth your Why's?
Hey friends, here is a little update on our life. For the past 14 days, Paul and I drove across Canada twice!! And we are now on our 3rd quarantine!
I know some of you may think Paul and I are crazy to have moved around so many times. Well, I think we are a bit on the crazy side but we have our reasons "Why".
During the short 28 years, we have been married, we have done 12 moves to be exact and that include two oversea migration.
Luckily for Paul and me, we have always been on the same wavelength so we get to go on many adventures together, good or bad. And if we make a mistake along the way, there is no "Blame" nor "Guilt" because we both signed up to it.
Did you know this is not the first time that we have moved across Canada?
In the beginning of our entrepreneur phase, some of our dreams were insensible but because it was on our list, we did it anyway. For instance moving to Montreal and opening our first business there, in hind sight that was a terrible idea because my knowledge on the French language was limited and conducting business in a foreign language was a barrier and a challenge . DUH! Well, needless to say we had to re-correct our course very quickly.
Now, as an older entrepreneur, I can acknowledge that moving to Montreal was an insensible and crazy idea. But at that time we were younger and inexperienced and we didn't know our reason for moving there, we were not strategizing and we didn't know our Why's intimately. Our only Why's was that we were curious. What were we thinking, right?
As seasoned pros here are our Why's for this move.
Now, as seasoned pros, most of our dreams are doable, strategized and pretty sensible. Inconvenient? Yes, but the outcome is worthwhile.
Which brings me to: What would you do to pursue your dream? Are your Why's worthwhile?
Is driving across Canada 3 times with three quarantines pursuable?
For Paul and I are if we can dream it, we can make it happen, if we want it bad enough.
Just like this move from Western to Eastern Canada. Three trips across Canada and three quarantines, all done during the pandemic, mind you very safely for sure.
Here are our Why's
12 days and approximately 90 hours of driving, we are finally here sitting in front of our house, looking at the seascape and feeling grateful that we have done it.
So tell me my friends, Are your dreams worth the effort? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.
P/s BTW this is a two part series, on the next series, I will share with you my simple strategy to validate your dream and how to make it into your reality.
With Creative Joy,
Hello friends, Last year Paul and I made a dramatic change in our lives to sell our house and to conduct our business via the internet while searching for a new gallery and home location.
It has proven possible but limited. Paul and I have experienced ways to work remotely but after a prolonged and unplanned year due to Covid, we have reached our patience threshold.
The experiences I had during this year of working remotely has somewhat been frustrating.
First of all, in regards to doing art, carrying canvases along with me is not ideal and I can't do any mixed medium art which would require too much inventory and space.
I have also been designing a business course for artists, which has been do-able because it is the most versatile business that I can conduct with just a laptop. Although it doesn't come without frustrations as I am missing some important notes and books which are in my "self-storage".
Due to the Covid 19, plans have to be flexible especially when it comes to shopping for our new gallery and house location, which again, our list is very specific.
When our plans led us to eastern Canada, we had to abandon our work and leave. So that breaks the momentum of my course creation.
After a month of location shopping, the business modules that I have been working on were put aside. Finally, I have found myself getting forgetful and frustrated with my nomadic lifestyle.
My advice to you nomadic business people is that we do need to be grounded, and a little stability will help us to move things forward faster and more effectively. Momentum is important for the success of our business.
I am to announce that Paul and I have since found a house. We still have one more month to go before we are all set up and get right back to work. I am so looking forward to creating my art courses and meeting new people in my new community.
It will be another adventure, Paul and I have decided, that our new town, Digby Nova Scotia is where we are going to set up and conduct our business for a long while.
When the pandemic is over, we will have to fulfill our wanderlust by traveling the world and not moving around so much.
I know a lot of you have started working remotely since Covid 19, please tell me what have your experiences been like? What are your frustrations? What are your likes and dislikes?
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With Creative Joy,
This is what our life looks like for a good part of year, 2020!!
Ting Yuen Art
Hi I am Ting, I am so glad that you are here.