Carry On

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It has been years since we started manifesting our dream home and it took us most of those years to figure out so many of the details. Was it modern? Log cabin with an A frame? Where was it even located? High up overlooking the lake or right on the water?

We know all of the details now, with exception of exactly where the land is, though we know the area where we will live. The time spent doing this has been what propels us forward on days where we just don’t feel like it. It being the work it takes to build our business, which helps not only us to achieve our dreams, but those of our team members’ as well. In our business, everything I do helps my people. And everything my people do helps their people.

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So yesterday we really sat down and wrote out our goals and I am reminded that our dream home isn’t so far away. It’s like that saying, “You’ve got what it takes, but it’s going to take everything you’ve got!”. No kidding. When you’re first starting out towards a huge goal, it’s daunting, terrifying and seemingly impossible. This is probably why so many people throw their hands up and say, “I quit!”. Haven’t you thought to quit?

Well don’t.

Steve Jobs once said:

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

What is Perseverance?

Staying the course. You can choose the vehicle you take but you don’t get to choose how long the route is. It’s the unknown variable – and it’s the unknown that scares the living bejesus out of us. Do you know who wins? Not the rabbit, we all know this story. You have to be determined to stay the course no matter the length and no matter the weather. Why? The time is going to pass anyways, so why not?!

And then sometimes you have to think about it from the angle of that dream home and the land you want to buy in Naramata. The way to get there is to work as hard as you can  for as long as it takes to get there. The trick, though, is that you have to be committed to learning the skills required along the way. There needs to be progress or else you’re simply spinning your tires, wearing yourself out. That will happen sometimes, so reassess, pick a new skill you need and go out and read about it. With this age of the internet being what it is, any length of education in any spectrum of subject is widely available! This is your time!

It Doesn’t Matter How Long It Takes

Time is not a fair measurement of success. When you consider time as a part of success (how little of it it took you to reach your goals), all you end up doing is comparing yourself to people who did it better, faster – which is not only insane, but also impossible since you weren’t born by their parents, with their DNA, into their heritage, go to their school and obtain their grades or have their friends and connections or hardships that propelled them into …. you get my point.

You do you.

We have been planning our lives on purpose now for almost two years, thoughtfully. We have fallen flat on our faces multiple times, wanted to rip our hair out, we’ve cried, fought, yelled, laughed, celebrated, sighed with relief and high fived.

And through it all, we’ve come halfway to our larger-than-life goal. When we made this goal we were renting a condo in McKenzie Towne, Calgary, AB, Canada. For years we had talked about moving to Kelowna/Okanagan and made excuses year after year. And then, after spinning our wheels for too long, we started our business – stopped making excuses – and executed a plan that had us moving to the Okanagan within six months of starting our business and only seven months after getting married.

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Spierhead Winery post yoga class with our friend, Catherine!

Hey – this is simple but it’s not easy. But here we are after a yoga class outside of an Okanagan Winery enjoying a glass of Pinot Gris and amazed at the life we’re slowly affording ourselves – just for sticking to it! We’re not extraordinary. We just know what we want and we’re not going to settle for anything less.

Carry on with us! Ask us how to join our team and build your goals with support from our incredible community.

With Purpose,

T&C

 

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12 Comments on “Carry On

  1. I’m really impressed with your story. I think because you used to make excused yourself, as you mentioned, you are the perfect person to motivate others because you’ve been there and understand the situation.

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  2. Wow, this story is inspiring, I think this is very relateable and a struggle that everyone goes through. It’s good to know that people actually persevere despite all the difficulties. Thank you for the inspiration

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    • Thank you for sharing, Karla! It’s important to be honest and share the raw truth of what it takes to get where you’re going. And by receiving feedback like this shows us it’s very important to keep sharing our message! Thank you.

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  3. I think you are spot on, perseverance is so important… It’s so easy to give up when times get hard or you feel burnt out – there are so many entrepreneurs who took absolutely years and years to achieve their dreams so patience is equally important I feel! it sounds as if you guys are very much headed in the right direction and with a clear idea of what you want which is fantastic!

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    • Thanks so much for the encouragement, Tiffany. Perseverance and patience are very important, yes. Without them, it’s easy to lose track or the vision that started you on your journey to begin with!

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  4. Love this, Tonia. You walk your talk! We all must persevere through life. Some days are easier than others, but that is the beauty of this journey!

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  5. I love this!! My boyfriend and I have been trying to figure out what we want in life lately. Thanks for the inspiration to persevere.

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    • Get a clear goal in mind and then just don’t stop moving towards it. No matter what the cost, and that is truly the lesson. Best of luck to you both!

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  6. Looks like you’re building your dream life nicely. Perseverance is definitely the key, it’d be boring if everything was easy wouldn’t it? Reminds me of a saying I came across last year, “never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle or end”

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