How we packed up our lives, bought a Campervan and took our business on the road (part 1 of 4)

“Let’s have a fantasy weekend,” he said, with a playful look in his eyes.

This could be interesting, I thought.

“And what would that look like?” I asked, feeling tentative but intrigued.

We were facilitating a group of 20 participants through another round of our signature self study course, Tap Into Flow, which teaches leaders how to create a life that flows with positivity, peace, productivity and prosperity.  

We were in the middle of week two where the focus is to dream up our vision of a first class life from a feeling perspective – the magical twist that turns a heady activity into a virtual reality experience.  

So when Peter suggested we have a fantasy weekend, I figured it would at least spark some new desires. Little did I know my whole life was about to turn upside down.

Back to my question: “And what would that look like?”, I asked.

“Unrealistic,” he said.  “This is going to be a dreaming weekend where there are no constraints – not of time, money nor obligations. Everything is possible and nothing is out of the question.”

My inner child was sold.

Because nothing kills the creative flow more than the ropes of reality.

 

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Walt Disney, creative and successful innovator proved this.  He even built a whole stage into his creative strategy called The Dreamer, where team members are instructed to dream and share their outrageous creative hunches, with no restrictions or criticism from others.  

He knew this was necessary to guarantee creative outcomes, and hundreds of movies later, I think he knew what he was doing.

So off we went into our reality-free weekend.  It felt freeing, like someone had handed us a box of Crayola crayons with instructions to colour outside the lines #refreshing

I even grabbed my Hermione wand (yes I have one) as a structure to help me step into this fantasy land.

 

After a short brainstorming session, we decided it was time to stop the pinning madness and finally take real ‘offline’ action on our ‘Dream Home’ pin board, even though there was nothing ‘wrong’ with our current home.

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Destination: an affluent and charming neighbourhood in The Netherlands.

Goal: to find our next drool-worthy first class home, even though we had no clue how we’d afford it, when the right timing would be right or the impact it would have on our family.

It felt daring. Adventurous. Even a little selfish to put our desires first like this. And that’s when we had to remind each other that we were only dreaming. We didn’t have to think about bank accounts or logistics just yet. Fantasy weekend, back on.

We jumped into our car and drove into the chic neighbourhood nestled in the forest, silently taking in the beauty of the homes.  The architecture was stunning and each home had its own personality.

We pulled up in front of a modern yet rustic home made of wood and stone which helped connect it to its natural setting. It had floor to ceiling windows to allow the morning sunlight to stream in, beautiful landscaping and a spacious back garden for us to experiment with our latest pop up hobby – growing a vegetable garden.

It was Insta-perfect.  We had found our dream home.

There was only one tiny problem.

The vibe in the car felt as flat as a pancake.

 

It was Peter who finally broke the awkward silence: “Is this what we really want?” he asked.

And with that, we drove away.

Want to find out how we shifted from deflated and awkward to energized and empowered?  Stay tuned for part 2 where we share the exact F-word game that did just that! 

YOUR FLOW MISSION:

Feeling adventurous? Grab your hunnie or a friend this weekend and have a fantasy dreaming weekend of your own.  Remember the rules: no reality, no constraints of time, money or obligation and no criticism or judgement. Just full on child-like dreaming.

OR get the exact step-by-step exercise we used right here

 

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WOW! The walkaway moment…love it. I’ve totally been there with jobs or other opportunities that seemed to be what I “should” want but didn’t feel right. I can’t wait to read the rest of this story!

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