This has been a summer of blessings ... how else could it be in this YEAR of blessings. Go back to my first posts of 2013 ... I knew it would be so. Thank you God--You are gracious. We do not deserve any of the blessings you have granted.
In a few weeks the 'summer' comes to an end--it will feel that way even before mid September when the fall season officially begins... September 22nd for those of you ...like moi... who are sticklers for dates.
The largest blessing of my summer was to have time with people that I love. Actually--let's begin that time-line in late spring when my bestie and her family arrived from the Pacific Northwest to spend 5 days with us during their European adventure ... 5 days of bliss with the girl that is a true soul mates in life....after way too long of an absence.
After that there was a precious visit with my sister--who although I had seen in the US only a year ago for our parents 50th wedding anniversary..... I could not say the last time we had two weeks together---since we were in our teens.
And most recently---time with a dear friend that fate chose for me to have in my life. A gal that I met on a plane three years ago... sitting next to French Guy and I. She was on her way to France... we were on our way to the French Consulate in San Francisco to get my Visa---so we could move to France. Three years later--she is a guest at our home, Rabbit Hill for a week... and that visit (as I spare you the gushing re-cap of all the fun that we had) has left me inspired and with renewed passion ---to do BIG things.... to make a change.
Might sound trivial---- but first up.... closing my Etsy shop. For the past three years I have loved it. If you read my bio as to why I created Sunday Brocantes--- you can see how I couldn't have started without a fabulous site like this to get started. But now it has run it's course.
Sunday Brocantes is thriving and growing and needs a bit more leg room---and that creative and passionate space is only available through my going on my own---So I will now be selling French vintage finds from HERE.... with so many exciting events coming up this month and next.... I cannot wait to tell you about it!
What is on my mind in this post--as I reflect on where I am---and of course--where I want to go--- is that you have to just DO IT. You might first DREAM it---THINK about it---but then you MUST ---
Simple--- mais, non?
Here is how I am--- I live by this 'motto'.....
After college I packed up and went to the UK to live---I had dreamed about it my entire life--my Grandfather was Welsh, lived most of his young life in London---and immigrated to the US at the age of 18. With a temporary Visa and work permit and a few 'empty' credit cards---I did it. (With the soul-mate mentioned above.)
TRIP OF A LIFE TIME.... Not one single regret. (Although the $20,000 in credit card debt that I acquired thanks to never finding a job and living off Visa---well... okay. Still worth it.)
Next--- I left New York and moved to California on my own when I got back from the UK. I knew 3 people in Los Angeles---left family and friends... and made a new start....
... and met French Guy. See how that works?
Next... met French Guy and got married SIX months later..... FAST. 19 years later.... enough said.
Dream it. Think it. DO it.
Moved to France---wait. Did NOT dream it.
Crazy as it sounds---living here was not a dream of mine. Was not.
It is now.
Had a sweet little girlie at the age of 43.... BIG DREAM.
Dreamed of a HOUSE-- a home..... (against the odds of finances and options)
Rabbit Hill---maison de reve...living in it.
So what is this all about... why am I rambling? Because this post is as much for me as it is for YOU.
What are YOU waiting for?
I have come across a couple of people who have told me they dream of coming to France---what is stopping them? Fear of flying. I know this is real. I know it can be HUGE. But would I let it stop me from living a dream? NO WAY.
Life is way too short.
What else? What do you dream about? Why does it just stay a dream?
For me--- I just refuse to let things stay in the dream-category for very long---although I don't have a bucket-list of sky diving, or bungie jumping, or climbing Everest... I do have a list that I chip away at every day... and I DO it.
So thank you for allowing me this ramble in this long post. I hope that you find a tiny slice of inspiration.
Move those dreams to that next step. Why not?
What are you waiting for?
Be back soon--you know I will.
Little 'End of Summer' (aka--closing sale!) on Etsy... take a peek!
Have a fabulous weekend!