I don’t speak of my personal life often. Oh sure, you know who my dog is – maybe even the cat. You’ve heard of Mr. Waterstone and the free slave model and possibly the hermit (who’s not really a hermit). What I don’t talk about is our life and what’s happening. Today I have a story for you.

Mr. Waterstone and I were talking to the kids recently – one of those family meeting, heart-to-heart talks. We were talking about Mr. W’s job, where it’s located, and how there’s a good chance that things will change within the next few months – major changes. We’re now covering topics such as in-state and out-of-state tuition, distances, and everything that goes along with it. Yep, good times and fun stuff.

Then, in the middle of all this serious talking, he said it. We were talking jobs and Mr. W said that I’m living my dream. He talked about how happy he is that I’m able to do this. Saying it out loud, I think, made it real. Living my dream. I’m working so hard, fretting, writing, designing, etc. that many times I don’t see what is directly in front of me. Whether it succeeds or fails is yet to be seen. But I sure am one (thankful) lucky chick.

studio waterstone living your dream
Now I just need to live my dream so well that Mr. W. gets to quit his daytime job and live his dream. This, I’m sure, will involve tee shirts, jeans/bike shorts (and a bike) instead of dress shirts and khakis. We’ve just got to make that happen. I’m up for suggestions.

Question: Are you living your dream, whatever that may be?
Do you realize it? Think about it.

P.S. Back to the real life part – please send good vibes/prayers our way, for making the best decisions. Agh.

14 Comments

  • I believe you will make the right decision for your family. Your head is firmly screwed on even if you don’t think it is sometimes.

    I am living my dream and more actually. I always wanted to be a graphic designer but always thought I’d have to slog my way through years of coffee making, luckily I’ve only made one coffee since I’ve been there. It was a big step for me taking my job, I only got a 6 month temp contract and had to give up my full time “paying the bills” job for it.

    Good Luck.

  • Todd and I are keeping you guys in our prayers that everything works out Happily Ever After for you with the upcoming changes and uncertainties.

    While I am not living MY dream and melting glass all day before meeting the kids at the bus stop, there isn’t a day that passes where I don’t give thanks for the life we lead or where one of the kids doesn’t mention it in bedtime prayers. It’s not exactly what I want to be doing, but it is still quite wonderful.

  • Good luck with all your decisions, these are life skills your kids will have forever.
    I must say at 50 something I am very content. I was an RN first, pharmaceutical rep, mom, and now bead maker. Being able to stay home as Natalie has grown has been the best career. The timing of the bead and etsy thing has been good, with the teen pulling away I now need my own thing.
    Mr. L has his own business, no one is untouched by this economy thing.

  • I am thinking good thoughts your way and that everything will work out in the end.
    I know mom and my dream would be to own a store and do this full time, but right now it isn’t feasiable. Though we do have jobs that let us take time off to go to shows or work on pieces that need to get done. So, we are partly there to our dream. I know one day mom and I will have our dream of the store, we just have to keep working at it.
    Thank you for your post and other posts. They really make you think of what you are doing and your goals. Thanks!

  • I am saying prayers for peace in your decisions.

    I am not living my dream. But I can see what it looks like. Visualizing it is a sure what to set me on the path to being there. I am now 20% to making my dream a reality. But I need to work twice as hard to get that to 40% and higher. It comes in waves or stages and I am working hard to make my goals.

    Thank you for helping me to see that I am always one step closer to living the dream. And I am so glad to see that dreams can be real, as you are showing us all.

    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

  • Sending good thoughts your way…

    My husband went through this 4 years ago (he hated his job)
    So after his day job, he’d come home and started working on his dream job. Working at least 5-6 hours each day of the week and EVERY weekend.
    After a year of doing this, he made the choice to give up his day job and work full-time at his dream job.
    That was 3 years ago.
    It was a lot of hard work and we gave up a lot (mostly seeing each other) but he is now truly happy, doing what he loves.

    It can be scary at times with us both being self employed, but the reward is worth it!

    Good luck to you both…
    Maria xo

  • I’m living my dream, but like you, I want Jim to live the dream with me. Right now he’s working doubly hard to do his work, plus help me with mine. We’ve always worked as a team. When I started working on the book, he took over editing all of the reports I used to do, he also took over the bookkeeping and billing. I have very little to do with his business anymore, which has freed me up to work on mine. I am so grateful. I just want him to be freed more to join me.

  • I couldn’t be happier for you! While my dream isn’t 100% I’m still doing what I love and get a lot of fulfillment from it. I love following your blog, think your bags are awesome and I know you’ll work things out!

  • Lori…I think you know I am about to begin living my dream, and it is like what I told my daughter this afternoon…..”You know, I feel like a kid in a candy store”. I am simply in awe….
    And, I am thankful you are living your dream. I think we may have much in common.

  • Oh good luck with all of these potential changes and challenges.

    What an amazing question you present…. am I living my dream ~ like you sometimes it is hard to see beyond the daily grind to really appreciate what I do have. Thanks for making me think 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  • Oh I know I am not living my dream….it seems most days I make one step foward and 15 steps back. constant back and forth. It drives me crazy. Prayers your way – life often takes us where we never expected to go – and it ends up ten times better then you thought! XOXO

  • Oh I know I am not living my dream….it seems most days I make one step foward and 15 steps back. constant back and forth. It drives me crazy. Prayers your way – life often takes us where we never expected to go – and it ends up ten times better then you thought! XOXO

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