Joshua and I have spent the last about 5 weeks in our home town of Grand Junction/Fruita, CO. It is always very interesting when we return to where we began this journey. Let me explain a bit about why I say it is interesting. When we lived here previously, we were becoming very respected and well known power couple in our little town. We networked with other business owners, volunteered our time to serve our community by sitting on hospital boards, working with our local chamber, leading various groups of men and women in a variety of community projects....let's just say we were very active in our community and becoming very well known! So when we decided to close our electrical contracting business we heard from some of our "friends" their opinions about what people were thinking and saying about our decisions...in short many thought we were "crazy"...schizophrenic I believe was the term used lol.
It's really kinda funny looking back (and I share this story with lots of people as we travel)...I have become very proud and fond of my label of crazy! Looking back through history at some very famous people that have made history, they were also considered by their peers to be crazy at the time they were making discoveries, stepping away from the norm and learning...so I have made that mean that we too are on the right track to do the same...MAKE HISTORY!!! How EXCITING!!! In the past, I would have heard these things and freaked out thinking that I was doing something wrong and then I would have stopped just because someone else thought I should be doing something different! I would have been worried that I wasn't fitting into what society was expecting and keeping up with everyone else's expectations...Oh My!!! During one of the self development seminars that we attended, I remember hearing a statement that described why the people closest to us may try to keep us from doing what it is we want to do. There are many reasons they try to do this, fear of the unknown, fear for your safety, jealousy, fear of success and who knows what else. They may attempt to keep us from moving past them in things they don't understand. Through this process I have learned who my true friends are, who my true family is...these are the people that have encouraged me, stood by me and loved on me "no matter what crazy thing I do".
During our time here in the Grand Valley Joshua picked up some handyman work and stepped back into the construction industry to make some money while we were here to support our kiddos. This has been a wonderful experience for Joshua to realize that he really does love our new lifestyle. Sometimes you have to take a few steps backwards to appreciate where you are now. He and I both have always said that we don't want to return to the construction industry and it is really easy to fall back into old habits when you know what to expect. Yes, we are really good at making money in the construction industry...now we get to be really good at making money doing what we LOVE!!! Look out music industry...HERE WE COME!!!
I love coming home to spend time with my family and close friends AND I am very excited to be headed back out on the road again soon doing what I LOVE! Even more so, I am thrilled that I didn't listen to all the voices telling me that I should be doing something different that what my heart really wanted to do. Just imagine the adventures, people and experiences that I would have missed out on! Going backwards and taking a step back to reflect on my past makes me soooooo grateful for the courage we have to step outside what is comfortable to follow our hearts. I am so excited to keep learning..am I scared, sure...I have no idea what is next and I know it is going to be GREAT!!!