Hiking, biking and walks are the best things to do in my agenda.
While I do those activates I just have to capture it with my camera, I can’t help it. It’s not that simple either. I have to get in all these weird awkward positions to really get what I want. I try not to enhance these photos all too much. I try to put my mood in these photos. Usually they are all good moods, because I’m always instantly in a good mood when I take pics!
I’m sure there are days you can’t get to these awesome places yourself or you just don’t know where to begin…You probably have a home I’m guessing… Soooo my idea is to hang these images or use them on house hold items like towels, mugs or whatever in your house.
These pictures have comforting vibes and by hanging it on your wall or using it as a hand towel these images will subconsciously put you in a better mood.
Click on the picture and it will bring you to Fine Art America, where you can turn these images into any kind of print you can imagine! Check it out! and thank you for the support!
In this post I’m going to tell you how I personally manifested my dreams and how this worked for me. I’m going to explain it in a couple different ways.
Let me note, my dreams were not really out of reach. They were simple. I wasn’t wishing for a million dollars or a certain amount of anything and my dreams changed a lot through time.
I’m a dreamer, always have been. I have vivid dreams at night and get easily distracted with day dreams during the day.
It’s not that I’m thinking bigger and better, my ideas are always changing just like how this world is always changing.
I picture the world as one. We are all somehow connected to everything and everyone. This is just one of many, many ideas.
I worked in retail for six years. There were boring days and no brainer days. I worked without ever thinking about what I was doing.
I took advantage of this and just day dreamed. I would picture my life how I wanted it. I pictured what I wanted to do for work, how I wanted to help people, how I would make money, how my ideal comfort zone would be, what I wanted to do in my free time, it goes on and on…
I would picture everything in details. For example, I would imagine my ideal van. I would picture living in it and how the inside would look.
I actually thought out my life as it is now. I pictured living in a tiny home somewhere sitting in the woods. I pictured taking a second home, a van, out for the weekends. I imagined having a loving boyfriend and two dogs. Everything I have going for me now are all things I dreamed about in the past.
While working or late at night when my mind wouldn’t settle I would find a piece of paper and write lists. I would write lists of things I want in life. I would write in list form and as journal entries. I would write my ideas of how to get where I wanted to go in life.
I would go on sites like Pinterest and search for interior designs of vans and tiny homes. I would dream for hours. Pinterest and Instagram really help visualize what you want.
It was probably over a course of six years that I manifested my dreams.
I believe the secret of manifesting my dreams was thinking and dreaming about it constantly in great detail.
Then, just as I thought about my dreams constantly I would lose my care a little, I would settle down and stop thinking about my dreams so much.
Once I stopped caring and obsessing, all those things I wanted started to fall together slowly. My dreams started to come true.
If you read my personal story you’d see it wasn’t all easy. Some of the things that happened that lead me to manifesting my dreams were sad times. I had to go down to go up.
This isn’t a magic trick or anything like that. It’s about energy and balance. Once I balanced out my feelings toward my dreams they started to come.
I believe you can apply this idea to anything in life. You feel strongly and then you settle it down.
When you settle down on your strong feelings toward something, you give it room to come to you.
When I was in my lows I started to see things I already had and began to feel gratitude.
The trials and errors that came to my life humbled me in a way.
I realize now that when you have a horrible time in your life and it seems like you’re at your low, you will spring back up to your high in life.
But also, you shouldn’t obsess about the lows in your life. You should not dwell on things and be stuck in your thoughts.
You need to let the bad feelings and thoughts pass through.
So let me go over this again, in a different way.
I would dream, obsess and fantasize about what I wanted in life.
I would research, visualize and write about my goals or things I wanted.
Then I would let it go.
I would stop thinking about it.
I would kind of just go forward with a free-spirited attitude and almost forgot about my dreams. I started to live in the present moment. I stepped into life with a grateful and positive attitude.
When things wouldn’t work out for me I would let it be horrible and tragic. Sometimes the bad days would eat at me. I had doubts and lots of negative energy. It happens, its life.
But then just like my dreams I would let all those bad feelings go. Letting go is hard and can be confusing. It’s an interesting practice for sure. It’s hard because we feel like we can’t control the energy around and in us.
But we can. Practicing gratitude, whether it feels sincere or not can turn hard feelings around. I’ll get more in detail on this in another post.
Anyways, I would be thankful and grateful for everything I had. Being thankful and grateful is a good practice to let go of feelings.
It’s being present. Your living in the moment and being thankful for what you already have. It brings you to the ground, to reality.
Then slowly over time, my dreams came true.
Even though I let my dreams go, I actually knew these dreams came true because at times I would be cleaning my room or going through my desk and find the lists and journal entries I wrote. Most of those things on those lists and journal entries are now my reality.
The lists I found from a year ago, I finished the list without even thinking about it.
My journal of wishes, more than half the wishes came true.
So I believe this simple formula of thinking about it a lot planted a seed in my mind of everything I wanted from life.
By letting everything go, like hard feelings and obsessive dreams, I would be present. I was living in the now and going on with my life rolling with the ups and downs.
My dreams manifested because I let them. You have to get to the point of balance.
Balance really is key here.
I went from one extreme of caring so much, to the other, being just about care free.
I think that balance and the gratitude I put out into the universe made my dreams come true.
So again one more time, think about your dreams in detail. Look at pictures, make a scrapbook or pin pictures to a cork board to visualize if you have to. Write lists, write journal entries, do something to help you remember your detailed dreams.
Then forget them, let them go and stop thinking about them and ride the wave of life.
The idea is that you’ll be in a more relaxed state but your dreams are still in the back of your mind, manifesting without you realizing it.
Be careful what you wish for because it might just come true!
Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts below and thank you for reading, now back to da woods!
It really all started with a dream. Since I was young.
As a kid growing up, we went camping for what seemed like allll the time. I loved it. My family would hop in an RV, drive highways to random campgrounds and I just fell in love with the lifestyle. I think that really set the seed in me for striving to live off grid. I found a journal entry from when I was in 5th grade stating that I wanted to be a hippie when I grew up, living in a camper, playing music and giving people puppies… Now the puppies part didn’t quite come true, but my puppies certainly bring smiles to people!
So growing up, there was a trailer park down the road. I would tell my mom, teachers and probably any other adult that would ask me questions that I wanted to live in one of those. They totally did not feel the dream and wished that I would strive for more. Apparently, that didn’t matter because when I turned 21, my only thoughts were “I need to move out asap.”
I had two jobs, both paying $9.15 an hour and a full-time college student. Well, I dropped out of college and shortly got a full time position at one of the jobs. (the thrift store that I still work for) My thoughts of getting out made me save money. I can tell you about my saving tactics in another article. That’s just another world.
So in time, I saved up $3,000 as well as building credit. I Craigslist searched for days. Maybe even months. I found a trailer listed for $7,000. I put $3,000 down and got a loan for $4,000. (thank you good credit) This was also a private sale on Craigslist, I can give you advise on craigslist too in another article.
It was great and terrible at the same time. I finally had my own place but for some reason I found myself miserable. My gut was just screaming “wrong!” So before the year was over, I left. I packed my stuff and went back to my parents. It was a sad time leaving what I thought were my dreams. Somehow I sold it for $5000, even though I paid for $3000 out of pocket. So score! Got an extra $1000 out of my almost year of misery and confusion.
I started reading self help books and really trying to figure things out. I realized I wanted to feel happy, not sad. I wanted to feel better so I started to practice Ecotherapy naturally, not even knowing it was a thing.
In all the sadness and confusion I was feeling, I was also stirring up new dreams and ideas. I wanted to live in a camper van. I planned to either stay in my parents backyard or at a seasonal campground. I looked into getting a brand new camper van, super fancy one. Even applied for a loan, but was rejected because my credit history time was too low. Then I was back on the Craigslist grind. I was determined. In about 4 months, I found my camper van. I brought my parents down to the van and somehow they totally supported my decision. We bought it the day I looked at it. I just couldn’t wait.
After a few days of figuring out how to get it on the road (plates and registering) I brought a friend to pick it up, drove it home and I had my sense of freedom back.
I made a plan. I drew out plans. I sat in the van and pictured what I wanted. Some days passed. I realized I still felt sad. I was stressed and confused, thinking the van was maybe a mistake. I was doubting myself. I tried to figure out how to do this on my own. It was a little scary thought. I like being alone but I would rather have someone by my side, supporting me and pushing me to be the best I can.
So this story now goes to me being sad again. Feeling like I wanted someone. So I did something I never thought I would do. I made a Tinder account. Man oh man, that was a trip. After one day I had 70 matches. I got cheesy messages. But the first message I got was from a guy named Adam. He said tinder was lame and gave me his number. He was the only one who took us off the website immediately. We talked a little, found common interests of the outdoors, both had dogs and we both had vans. So we planned to meet at a mountain to hike.
The people I worked with thought I was crazy and also thought he would be a serial killer. They were wrong. We hit it right off. He told me in the middle of our date that he lives in a tiny home off grid. I thought he was kidding me because that’s what I always wanted and it just seemed too good to be true.
We started hanging out on the daily. We spent days fixing my camper van. We spent weekends camping in his van. We made a deal that if he helps me with my van, I would help him with his tiny house. In a short amount of time I became his girlfriend.
How I started the off grid life wasn’t really planned. If you’re thinking about living off the grid, check out my planning and letting go post. My story will keep going on so basically everything in this blog will be me, Holly, sharing all the things Adam taught me and also what I have learned from my own experiences so far with living off grid. I want to share the excitement, all the cool little tips, tricks and techniques we’ve figured out.
Thank you reading my story so far! Feel free to ask questions and also share your stories in the comment section. Hope you’re excited for more posts about living in da wooooods. I want everyone to feel good and free going to da woods.