|The first stages of a driveway.|
For five years I've enjoyed The Shack. A little hunting "cabin" that wasn't much more than an adult version of a child's fort. A 2x4 framed small home, covered in particle board, covered in scrap vinyl siding that was painted to match.
No electricity during the time I camped there.
What there was were windows and a patio door opening to amazing views. Woods alive with birds and wildlife. Room to roam. Privacy. Long-range views of breath-taking sunsets. A place to be off-grid and away from technological pollution. And a woodstove for heat.
Camping in the winter was amazing. It sounds brutal but I loved it. Well, let me edit that statement. I loved it once I learned how to stack the wood in the stove and use the dampers effectively! I won't lie -before I learned that skill I woke every hour or two freezing myself. But once I learned how to make the stove stay warm longer camping in the winter was my favorite time to be there.
Today my builder called and said they were ready to begin cutting in the driveway.
Today, The Shack was torn down. Progress toward my goals.
|Goodbye Dear Shack|
I cried. I cried happy tears because my dream is coming true. I cried sad tears because I will miss The Shack. There was something special about my plywood fort on a West Virginia mountain ridge.
If you are dreaming, go for it. Dreams can come true. If you are like me, you may have to give up things like eating out (it was shocking how much I spent in just daily coffee from the donut shop). And pinch every single penny for years. You can do it - if you stay focused, claim it, and work hard.
Even if it feels like it will never happen - never give up.
I don't know when I'll move. I am taking one step at a time. First, I'll get through this building process. Then there will be things to juggle such as job relocation, moving, etc. I become anxious if I think about it too much. So instead, I will enjoy these first steps in the construction adventure. And begin making decisions about things such as countertops, flooring, and hopefully the woodstove of my dreams (A Lopi for those of you who are familiar with woodstoves).
Work hard and dream big. If I can find the path, you can too.
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Just a month ago my storage/camping shed was delivered. I'll be camping in the Placka Storage shed while the house is being built.
Me. At The Shack. When I claimed it as mine.