We filled the last five post holes for our “big” house with cement yesterday. We now have a foundation of dancing posts! Man, I have new appreciation for Karl. He set the first posts while I worked on my e-book. Before I even edited the first 30 pages, he finished pouring cement into 9 holes. I helped fill the last five holes yesterday, and my body is tired! In total, we mixed over 6000 lbs. with a shovel, wheelbarrow, and the coolest old concrete mixer I’ve ever seen.
What’s cooler is that our friend who loaned it to us said, “It’s the community cement mixer, that thing came with our house, and it’s been away from our house more than it’s been here.” We drove way down a gravel road into the woods to pick it up from a local baker who gave us a tour of the bakery. The smell of bread baking in the wood-fired oven made me feel like we went back in time. The antique cement mixer confirmed it.
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the old beauty; it was full of stories: I built his oven, their foundation, her walkway …
Once we filled the last hole, I looked at Karl and said, “Holy Foundation!” I could hardly believe we really did it. I immediately thought of the vision board I made a year ago as I was contemplating 2012. I’ve made these collages for years and I’m always amazed at their power–the power of intention.
Last year, I tore out the phrase, “Laying the foundation” and glued it to my collage. I dreamed we’d do that, but I wasn’t sure how. That’s the thing about collaging–the subconscious mind can take over. We can manifest amazing things if we trust life and allow ourselves to dream.
This year we have indeed laid the foundation. We laid the foundation for our “big” house, but in the process of saving and planning, we laid the foundation for a stronger family, a stronger marriage, a rich creative life, new work, and an ever simpler lifestyle.
I am grateful for life’s curve balls. Reshaping our lives out of the devastation of losing our restaurant baby, New Day Cafe, and our cute, 100-year-old purple house has caused us to rethink everything. We’ve been brought to our knees and are now stepping onto a firm foundation.
We’ve been cracked open. Raw emotion helps us find connection, and connection is really the foundation for a life of joy.
And so, my word for 2013 is connection. I am going to let my intention to cultivate connection drive my decisions this year.
What’s your word for 2013? I’d love it if you’d connect with me by sharing your word for 2013 in the comment section.
Make your own vision board.