There's something you've always wanted to do.
A dream, but not just the ordinary, everyday kind of dream. An unrealistic, crazy sort of dream that makes your heart sing, and brings a little light into the dull routine of your day.
Or maybe you don't know exactly what you want to do. You just feel restless, beat-down, or lost. You know something needs to change, and dream of what it would be like to truly enjoy your life.
You pull that dream out when you're having a bad day, and tell yourself someday it'll happen – a promise of future happiness. But deep down, you doubt it. It's not practical and you have responsibilities, Happily-Ever-After will have to wait until retirement, or until you have more money, or until you can spare the time – it's just a dream, after all.
But it's not just a dream.
It's a glimpse of the life you've always wanted to live, but told yourself wasn't possible. A life that you wake up happy to face in the morning, that leaves you feeling fulfilled and satisfied at the end of the day.
Living your dreams isn't a privilege reserved for just a lucky or talented few. It's obtainable by everyone, no matter your past or current circumstances.
You can make it happen.
Part 1 contains step-by-step instructions, from zeroing in on what your dreams are, to determining their cost in money and time (and how to free up more of both), to creating a plan of attack that eliminates confusion and lets you know exactly what needs to be done next to accomplish them.
Part 2 is all about solutions to the obstacles that will crop up while working on your dreams, such as: What to do when you feel overwhelmed or afraid, when to tell your family and friends about your dreams, and how to pivot when it looks like a dream isn’t viable, along with five other common problems with answers provided.
The Little Guide To Dreaming Big covers the entire process of making your dreams a reality.
Who This Guide Is For
The Little Guide To Dreaming Big is a compact (and very useful) book in the same vein as the ‘Deliberate Living’ articles on Interstellar Orchard.
It will benefit anyone who is looking for a more meaningful and fulfilling life, but it is especially for those who have a big dream and are looking for help to bring it to fruition.
The advice and tasks within can be applied to just about any big dream out there from switching careers, to exceeding at a hobby, to growing a community, to starting a business, to changing your living situation (including going full-time RVing).
Who This Guide Is Not For
Instant gratification is a myth when it comes to dreams.
If you’re looking for big rewards with no effort, look elsewhere. Also, this guide contains some philosophy and a bit of self-help content in addition to the practical how-to type stuff (I don’t think you can talk about happiness without discussing those things).
If you’re not willing to take a look at what makes you tick, this isn’t the book for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If the big dream you’re currently contemplating is going full-time RVing, Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget will likely be a better fit, especially if you’re the target audience I wrote that guide for, namely: if you’re planning to travel solo, are working-age, interested in small RVing, and/or are on a budget.
For all other dreams (or if you don’t know exactly what your dreams are yet), this guide will work the best.
But, as most people who are interested in RVing also have other dreams and goals, having both guides is certainly beneficial. I wrote them to compliment each other, and this guide can be applied to full-timing as easily as any other dream. There is a little overlap in the money section in both guides, but 95% of the material is unique to each so it isn’t a waste to own both.
There is some philosophy in it by necessity, but it is mostly a how-to guide and thus there will be work involved on your part. In many of the sections are highlighted tasks that call for an action to be taken. These tasks usually involve writing something down, guidance is provided. Having tasks (instead of worksheets) gives you the most flexibility to tailor the guide to your own dreams.
Nope. It’s true I’ve talked about fulfilling your dreams on IO, but the original dreams series was the very first thing I published in 2011 and is quite out of date. Some of these sections are completely new including discovering your guiding values, staying motivated, and finding your tribe.
Two reasons. First off, at 45 pages (52 pages for the paperback edition) this guide is a bit shorter than my other one. It should be noted though that 45 pages is still a lot of information, especially since it has been condensed down into a no-nonsense format without filler text. For a little perspective, 45 pages is the length of 21 of my average blog posts.
The second reason is that I wanted this guide to be more financially accessible so that it’ll appeal to a broader audience, because I feel the message is very important. One of my most popular blog posts of all time ended with this paragraph, which I’ve received a lot of comments and e-mails on: Full-time RVing is only a Happily Ever After for those people whose personality is compatible with it. Often when strangers tell me “Gosh, I wish I could do what you’re doing”, I think what they’re really saying is: “Gosh, I wish I could be as happy as you are.” And what makes me happy, won’t make everyone happy.
So this guide is my offering to those of you who didn’t fit the mold for Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget, something useful no matter who you are or what your dreams for the future look like. Full-time RVing is near and dear to my heart, but in the end, going full-timing sprung from my desire to live a happier life, not the other way around. If I should have to get off the road tomorrow I would be sad, but I have other dreams, and I could still live a good life without my RV. Heck, someday I probably will stop full-timing. But I’ll never, ever go back to letting someone tell me the way life ought to be lived, and that’s what I’m trying to get across here: whether you’re interested in full-timing or not, live life on your own terms. You’ll have no regrets.
Currently, the guide is available as a paperback, and digitally in two different formats: as a PDF, and for Kindle. To read the PDF format you’ll need a program that reads .pdf files such as Adobe Acrobat or iBooks – most computers and devices these days seem to come with one. To read the Kindle format you’ll need a Kindle e-reader, or to download the Kindle reading app on your computer or device.
Note: If you’re debating between buying it as a PDF or for Kindle, I’d appreciate it if you bought the PDF directly from me, and help support an independent author (Amazon takes 30% of the purchase price from the Kindle version).
For the PDF version, E-junkie is handling the shopping cart and product delivery, which will come through e-mail. They’re a commonly used service and are well rated. PayPal is handling the money – again a very secure, safe system. You’ll be able to pay using a PayPal account or a credit/debit card, same as with the Donation button on the side of my site.
For the Kindle and paperback versions, you’ll be buying the guide direct from the Amazon website, and they’ll handle payment and delivery.
Listen to your heart. If your dreams have been calling, isn’t it about time you answered?
That being said, I’m not going to try to hard sell you. What I will do is give you a peek of what’s inside to help you come to that decision on your own. Below is the Table of Contents with all topics listed, and a couple sample pages (PDF version shown, click for bigger image).
There's no time like the present.
If you’re dissatisfied with the direction your life has taken and are looking to reclaim your dreams while still fulfilling your responsibilities, there’s no time like the present.
Having a life you wake up eager to face every day does not require vast riches, superior intellect, or obscene luck. You supply the dream and determination, and this guide will supply the knowledge you need to get there.