Do you sit on your lunch hour daydreaming of a day when you will start that new project, new adventure, new business? Do you envision the time when you will be doing something other than what you are doing right now? Why are you waiting?
Sometimes the place where we are and the place we desire to be appear to be separated by a gorge. The work and changes that need to happen seem arduous. However, the only way to cross the gorge is one diligent step at a time. Unfortunately we have become accustomed to making changes at high speed. Change your cell service, change your phone, change your hair color in a matter of minutes. The harder changes, the life changes, take time and effort.
One of the things I have learned to embrace in my work are the steps required for transformation. First you must have a vision for a project and analyse the piece for the process required to accomplish the vision. The next step usually requires dismantling the project into sections or pieces. Next you remove and repair all the old that doesn't work or has become worn. The next step begins the rebuilding, finding the beauty in the piece hidden under all the worn and useless stuff. Finally you get to finish it and assemble everything.
It matters not whether you are refinishing furniture or making life/career changes. The process is the same. Create the vision, evaluate your circumstance, remove all the old and broken parts that no longer work. Find the beautiful foundation to start creating something new. Put it all together and you find you are on the other side of the gorge. The real challenge? Take the first step. So what if you are scared. Fear is normal and actually gives you the butterflies in your tummy that give way to excitement and energy. The precursor to infinite possibility.
Now...after a month or so of waiting (drum roll please) here are pictures of the finished 1940's Dining Set. So happy!