It’s when our friends, Chad & Myquillyn Smith open their homestead to 1000 people to celebrate home, handmade, writing, good food, and banjo music.
It’s also the culmination of all the work that’s been done over the past six to eight months, where behind-the-scenes becomes a dream fulfilled.
I love everything about it.
It’s the one day of the year that my extroverted side shows up.
This was the third annual Nest Fest and it was extra special because Myquillyn’s new book, Cozy Minimalist Home, was being released that day day along with the beginning of her Cozy Home Tour with their Tiny Cozy Barn.
This year my entire family was going to go along with our vintage camper, Jenny.
And we missed it.
The decision to stay home was mine.
I’ve been dealing with some health issues involving my thyroid and I knew that I couldn’t physically fulfill my duties and help the Nest Fest team, but even the mental and emotional part would have been overwhelming as well.
I watched it all unfold online. It was amazing to see the photos and stories on Instagram, but it was also like I was dreaming.
Dreaming with my eyes open.
Scenes of the day displayed on my “Instagram machine” (a term Myquillyn uses for her phone, lol!). I even had some friends that were there text me some photos.
We all make decisions everyday and sometimes you have to make a choice to miss out on something that’s really important to you.
When your choice to “miss out” was the right decision:
Focus on what’s in front of you
Focus on what’s in front of you and not what you’re “missing” because if you are focusing on your decision being the right decision, you’re not missing anything.
It’s right in front of you.
Don’t be afraid to let others know the reason behind your decision.
It can produce seeds of grace and love that you weren’t expecting.
Remember that you can be a long-distance cheerleader.
I had a few opportunities to send texts of encouragement to the rest of the team. I knew that they had it all under control but I just wanted them to know that I was cheering them on even from a distance.
Don’t allow the fear of disappointing others fuel your decision.
This was perhaps the biggest issue with making the decision to not go, who would I be disappointing?
The list in my head was long and it started with my immediate family, the rest of the Nest Fest team, friends and family that were traveling from long distances to be there…
In reality, every single person understood the reason why. And why would I think any different?
Allow it to build your character.
I had a few cry-baby moments especially when I saw a few images on my Instagram machine.
So many real-life, beautiful moments that are happening and I SHOULD BE THERE. Cue the tears.
But I think some of the tears came because I knew I was right where I was supposed to be. At home.
With my people.
Dreaming with my eyes open, right in front of me.
We all have decisions to make. Every. Single. Day.
Some are tiny. Some are medium. Some are huge.
It’s my hope that you can take some courage knowing that no matter how big the decision, there’s always room to grow.
Need some help with making a decision?
Take some time to listen to the podcast, The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman. She’s the queen about helping us make decisions and “discern your next right thing in love.”