Write It Down, You Just Never Know



I am old school.

I write things down.  Lists, calendars, to-do lists all end up on paper with a pen or pencil in hand.

Ideas are written down too.  Much like my dad has always done, I end up sketching things out on a napkin or a stray piece of paper.  I wish I had the artistic talent to truly get the ideas pictured in my head onto paper.

When I take ideas seriously, they go in this sketchpad.   Truthfully, I haven’t pulled it out in a long time, but  I have been working on some new projects and I went looking for it.  Before I started on the new project, I looked through the pages and I was quite surprised.




The first pages I came too I wrote back in October of 2005.   I sketched out what was an earlier logo for my design business.  Even then, I was thinking of a product line of home decor.

And of having a maple syrup line.




When we made the change this summer of changing the name of our blog and business from Finding Home to Finding Home Farms, it was not an easy decision.  I labored over it for about 18 months.  We bought the URL about 6 months before we made the switch because I just couldn’t make up my mind.

Since we made the change, there have been no fewer than a dozen times that Dana and I have been a situation where we walked away and said how glad we were that we made the change.

I guess I shouldn’t have stressed about it so much.  It turns out that back in 2008, I already had the idea of renaming the business Finding Home Farms.




Please excuse my lack of artistic skills, but if you look where the arrow is pointing.  You will find a bird and to the right, a nest.  I guess I also saw a bird, if not specifically a cardinal, as part of our logo and our plans.




What are you dreaming of?  What would your ultimate dream look like?  Not just for your business or professional goals, but your personal ones too.  Write it down.  You never know, it 7 to 10 years, you could turn around and it resembles what your wrote down.

Dream it.

Write it down.

Wait for the timing to be right.

Work for it.


Update – A dear friend, Laura, just sent me the link to this TED Talk – it is right in line with what I just shared about here and worth the 10 minute watch!




Thanks so much for reading!


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10 thoughts on “Write It Down, You Just Never Know”


  1. I couldn’t agree more! I write everything down the minute the idea pops into my head or it’s gone. Love how you saved your notebook full of thoughts and sketches and now looking back to see where it all started is magical. Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. Beautiful, encouraging post, Laura. I am an old-school girl who writes stuff down too but I never shared my deepest life dreams with my husband cause I was embarrassed and they seemed self centered anyway. 3 years ago I asked him what he had dreamt our life would look like now that we are older and have an empty nest. What he shared with the exact same dream in the years following that talk, what seemed impossible then, has slowly unfolded to be true. Love this post!

  3. Wonderful! Just what I needed to read since I’m trying to figure out some direction in my business. Write it down. You should be very proud of all the things you’ve accomplished.

  4. Laura, I’m intrigued with the photo of the centerpiece on your table. I came here from The Inspired Room and I could hardly believe my eyes when I decided to read more of your blog and saw this photo. I live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, just three miles north of Aurora, Oregon – the location of Nelson’s Berries on the crate on your table. When I was in high school I spent many hours each summer picking berries for Nelson’s Berries. One of the brothers who owned the farms had children my age and they attended our church. I became life-long friends with them and we still see each other occasionally. I have a berry crate from that farm, found in a garage sale a few years ago. I think it belongs on my table! I agree with your journaling and writing things down – there’s nothing like pen and paper! I’ll be back to read more. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement to keeping planning and dreaming!