Expand, Contract, Repeat as Necessary

 Taking rainy days and Operation Airstream delays in stride...

Taking rainy days and Operation Airstream delays in stride...

The timing will be perfect

If my fella and I had our way, we would already be out in our Airstream, finding adventures and traveling the world (or, you know, the US and Canada). But there's that sometimes bothersome little detail about predictable income. While we work out the details, I am grateful for our sweet little home in Salt Lake City, where I can build and stabilize my two businesses (The Wildflower Uprising and rainseed marketing). Isaac has a side hustle job that is paying some bills and providing insurance. His photography business is taking off, and taking on a decidedly local feel. So, we're working all of that out. We know we'll do it, the when and how is still tbd.

Slow down, you move too fast. (You've got to make the moment last.)

It all reminds me to slow the heck down and try not to get too attached to the when and how, instead to stay focused on the what. Reinforcing that concept, last year I attended a weekend retreat run by a super talented friend of mine, where we discovered our Core Desired Feelings, based on The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. I love the concept, it's all about switching out of the goal setting "I really should do this" punishment cycle, and opens up every single moment of life to how you want to feel. It really does work, too. If you line up your life to how you want to feel, then the "shoulds" turn into "want tos", and necessary stuff (like earning an income and paying bills on time) is automatically baked into the concept. (If you want to feel free, for example, or lit-up, or anything else good, you have to take care of doctor appointments and credit scores.) I love my core desired feelings so much I turned them into a Pin:

Living my life like it's golden

Just seeing them here in this blog post makes me happy.  Is my life limitless, awake, golden, and lit-up every day? Well, it's awake for sure. :) But when I'm sideways, or I'm deciding if I want to attend some event that is causing dread, I run it through the Core Desired Feelings filter. It's guaranteed insta-realignment. 

So, while our departure might be a bit delayed, it's still going to happen. Ideas expand, then contract, then some progress happens, then contraction again. Rinse, repeat. Sometimes when obstacles crop up, it makes you re-visit whether you're supposed to be pursuing something. That's happily not been the case here. We're still working toward our plan to leave with the dog for the open road. When I think about it, my entire body zings with excited energy. It will happen, exactly when it's supposed to.

I hope you will apply this concept - expand, contract - to your big dreams too, Wildflower. 

PS, if you want to figure out your own Core Desired Feelings, check out my friend Gail Jessen's amazing Core Desired Feelings coaching program and her gorgeous life adventure here.

Allison Walsh

Since graduating from law school more than 20 years ago, I have worked in and around the legal industry, helping businesses cut through the noise and find their marketing sweet spots. Want to turn your firm’s volume WAY up? I can help!