In just 19 days, we’re going on a 37-day, 6500-mile road trip. We are moving across the continent, all the way from Alaska to Tennessee!
For over six years, my husband and I have wanted to make this move as much as we want for air. Planning for this day has become a way of life for us.
We’re moving from a way of life that neither of us chose, to the life we’ve both seen vivid and real in our dreams for so, so long.
This is a pilgrimage. The end of an epic love story, and the beginning of an exciting new adventure. Our happily ever after.
Please forgive me the moment of mush. And now, let’s talk about how this applies to you.
On October 10th, my husband, the two 4 yr olds, me and the dog will put everything we own in a trailer, pile in the camper and drive away. Or toward. Depending on your perspective.
There is SO MUCH TO DO! And right now, we’re spinning our wheels.
The cusp is a crappy place to be.
This week, we’re in a house filled with angst and electricity. Everyone is ready, but nothing is ready. It’s chaos and it’s exciting and it’s crazy-making and it’s horrible all at the same time.
We’re in Agonizing Almost Land.
Every single project has to survive the trip through Agonizing Almost Land
Our move is there right now.
BrainyFeet is there right now too. In the midst of a beautiful transformation. The new Big Picture Book manifesto is only a preview of the awesomeness to come. Soon grasshopper, soon.
If you’re starting a business, creating a new product, planning a wedding, remodeling a basement or having a baby. No matter what you’re creating or trying to accomplish…you will eventually find yourself struggling in Almost.
Where time simultaneously stands still and moves too fast
It’s amazing how something can feel the furthest away when it’s finally almost within reach.
Time seems to stop, but it speeds up too. The to do list gets bigger right when you think it should be getting smaller.
It’s like that dizzying, ever-expanding hallway in a scary movie.
And that’s when you know you’re on the right path.
In the beginning stages of planning, you’re busy. Fast and furious. Making calls, setting things up, doing research, creating a plan. It’s pure adrenaline. But then what?
You can’t do everything at once.
Some things Many things have to happen within the last days. You know that because you made the plan.
Still, waiting for those last days is excruciating. You know there are 1001 things that have to be done, but you can’t do any of them yet.
You can’t pick up the wedding cake or flowers a week ahead of time. You can’t pack the whole house when you still have 3 weeks to live in it. You can’t paint the wall until the primer dries or add the trim until the paint dries.
Projects feel like they’re getting bigger when they’re almost done.
And that’s okay. It’s supposed to get bigger. Your list is getting longer because it includes more details.
Yes, it feels like you’re moving through knee-deep mud. The mud is on the path. It’s easy to forget that and get discouraged in the Land of Agonizing Almost. Don’t.
Trust your plan. Trust yourself. Keep going.
When the plan blows up or veers off course (because it will), roll with it. You have done the work. You know where you’re going and how you need to get there. As long as you stay focused on moving forward, it’ll happen.
Celebrate while you’re slogging your way through the final stages of your project or plan.
This is it!
After all of the want and work, this is totally freakin’ happening! You are on the cusp of the life you’ve been dreaming about.
Enjoy the ride!!