For about eight years, I've been following/obsessing over Squam. For those who don't know, Squam is a multi-day art workshop held on a lake in New Hampshire. It has been a dream of mine to attend ever since I first heard about it. But the invitation to attend was always met with, "when I have more time, when I have more money, etc." Sound familiar?
In December I saw the email about pre-registration. I'm turning 40 next month. It's a big deal to me. My mother died when she was 39. I've made it to 40. I knew this was the year I would go. I instantly pre-registered. Later that day I found out that both the Spring and Fall retreats had sold out AND that the the fall retreat would be the last one, as Elizabeth is moving on after 10 years. I was floored by how close I had come to missing out on this dream of mine. I imagined my heartbreak if I had once again listened to those "someday" voices.
In September, I'll be flying to New England for the first time and attending Squam. The very last Squam Elizabeth is hosting. I'm so incredibly grateful that I finally took a chance and said YES. I'm seriously giddy about going - the classes, the people, the cabins with down comforters and fireplaces. Squam is the inspiration behind Cascadia Makers Retreat. Even though I've never been, I fell in love with the idea of gatherings around creativity, fun, and connection. Squam changed me just by existing.
I can't help but think about all the other times I haven't listened to the things that called me, how many times I've said "someday." No more. I'm going to be saying yes to the things that light me up, remembering this very example. How about you? What do you dream of doing? Are you ready to say yes this year?