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Chapter Three: "Do-er" or "Don't-er"?

May 16th, 2017


God bless my sweet sweet husband. I'm probably the most impatient person I know. I guess I was always a little aware of it, I wasn't fully in the denial stage, but I didn't want to admit how intense it was. When I get my mind set on something I go at it like a freaking bull charging a big red flag - flared nostrils, bulging eyes, and all. In comparison my precious husband, Nathanael, could successfully endure watching the full process of paint drying and not even bat an eye. I like to think that our two extremes can help us achieve the perfect balance but it doesn't always work that way.


Do or Don't?

Nathanael and I try to follow through on the things we say we’re going to do. We usually spend a respectable amount of time thinking and planning but there comes a point when you can only think and plan so much before its time to actually “do”. Do your do diligence - then do. It doesn’t usually take us long to find out what we like and dislike… But it does seem like the things we do like require a little more work to achieve.


For example, when starting Long Family Tree Service, Nathanael and I could've taken out a loan, bought a boom truck, chipper, truck and trailer, all the saws and tools we needed, and then crossed our fingers and hoped for the best for the business... But instead we started small by renting Nathanaels dads 1980 something Jeep Cherokee truck, his 12ft trailer, and one small chainsaw - just the essentials. It was a calculated risk. Low risk high reward - if it didn't work, we were out some time and effort, at least we'd learn something from it. Fail then learn to fail better and all that jazz... but if it did work? Well we knew we'd be one step closer to our venue and that's exactly what it gave us!


Although we want to be on the land 24/7, having an actual house is more on the backburner. We bought this land to fulfill our dream of owning our own venue.. not to build our “dream house”. We don’t want much… Calculated simplicity; A small place to live, a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and living room, and just enough storage to keep the things we really need - no extra space where unnecessary things just accumulate. However, after talking over different building plans with our county it doesn't seem like they like the idea of us having that, even on our own land. It is ours right?? I can’t remember. Their minimum requirement for a liveable space is 24x24 which is pretty teeny tiny already. But we don’t even want something that size. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Time to try and find a loophole and build something smaller while still being up to county code. Why does this aspired life of simplicity have to be so complicated??


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