Make Room for What You Want

You know how things seem to catch your attention at the exact time that you need it? Last year, I read an article that really stuck with me. It was written by local business coach Machen McDonald, titled “Make Room for What You Want,”  stressing the importance of carving out what you want to happen in your life. It came at a perfect time for me.

In July of 2012, I put my request out on my Facebook page:

“O.k., time to dream big. I’m outgrowing my studio. If anyone has or knows of a building in town that would be cheap (or no cost in a philanthropic kind of way), and be suitable for an artist’s studio, let me know. Looking to develop my art to the next level and I need space to step back, without bumping into something… And if there is a God, ask her if she can find me a patron, while you’re at it.”

And a subsequent post:

“Dreams need to be specific. The studio space I’m requesting would need to be 800 sq. feet minimum, one big open space with high ceilings, bathroom (that would ideally have a utility sink), lighting and utilities, public accessible. Kind of like a barn, an outbuilding, large garage, preferably in town (Nevada City). Actually, if you want me to be even more specific, it would kind of look like this photo. (Monet won’t mind).”


Monet's studio
For fun, this is the photo I posted of my dream studio. (I don’t think Monet would have minded if he had to share it with me, do you?)


By November, the posts that I made led up to almost exactly of what I had envisioned. The value of dreaming big and being specific to what you want in your life is very powerful. We are often afraid to be specific, as to not be disappointed. Being specific helped me not only define my dream of the ideal studio, but allowed the reality to be way more than I ever imagined. I am so grateful.


LeeAnn Brook studio

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