Two weeks ago, I sold my house. In two more weeks, when it closes, I’ll be on the road.
On some days, like today, as I sit in the only room that still has furniture, writing my blog, I watch my cats sleeping on the top of the couch. Through the open door I hear the pond my nephew dug almost eighteen years ago, gurgling. It’s hard to believe, that for the first time in over twenty years, I will be houseless, living in a twelve-foot van traveling solo across America.
Time has slipped by in the blink of an eye.
As I write, what amazes me most is that I’ve lived anywhere for twenty years. A military child with a degree in theater, I spent most of my twenties and thirties traveling to cool places and festivals around the world.
Then came my coaching career! I feel so blessed to be a part of changing industry, transforming neighborhoods and personal dreams, and building new-era businesses no one believed could exist. It has been powerfully rewarding. I’m realizing in this moment, just how many of my coaching tools I bring to this project. Actually, it’s just about the coolest coaching project I’ve ever done.
I keep imagining . . . what if?
What if we let go of the beliefs we have about people we don’t know? What if we build partnerships across America honoring the power of innovation? What if, like AIBL (American Indigenous Business Leaders,) we prepare our youth to be entrepreneurs? (They are so foward-thinking in understanding that rural communities need to cultivate entrepreneurs.) And, what if commercials featured these innovators, these entrepreneurs, from the small towns?
My intention is to transform “what if,” into a new, “what is.”
In Part III of Going Rural: LookingForAmerica.Today, I will interview and feature the innovators and healers of rural communities. It’s been so exciting to meet folks and build relationships based on a solid foundation of respect. From this place, it feels honest and authentic to photograph them, and share our conversations.
I can’t wait.
As I tell people about my next trip to rural regions, they inevitably ask, “Where are you going?”
I honestly don’t know.
As with the other trips, I let the people I meet send me to places they think most vital for me to know about. Today, this is what I know: my first destination is a reservation in Montana where a young photographer is working to document the lives of kids, their families, their fun and their world.
Next, I will interview a young woman who is the Executive Director of AIBL. Her ability to both envision and create is unsurpassed. The business workshop she planned and executed was one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. It was so good, that instead of staying for one day—which is what I had planned, I stayed for three. More rural communities need to have conferences and workshops like the one she created.
I am super jazzed! (More details to come.)
For the moment though, I’m relishing the downsizing. I went from a three-bedroom, 1,800 square foot home and cottage with a huge storage loft, to a 5′ x 7′ x 8′ storage locker.
It feels great!!!
Perhaps I will later, but at this moment, I don’t miss any of the “stuff”.