I had the most marvelous dream.
It gave me a message. The message is that we should live in Northfield, Minnesota and that the job I would love is to be a counselor for college kids. I saw myself in a sunny office, older with gray hair, as a clinical counselor for college kids. I had written a couple of books and had found my niche: a holistic approach to mental health with a focus on transitioning into college and independence. I woke up and thought, “I would LOVE that!”
I had never thought of these things before; I’d always had my mind set on northern Minnesota. I have been drawn to counseling but turned off at working with depressed and hopeless people. But Northfield is exactly the kind of place I had asked for in my Treasure Map that I wrote last month. It is the perfect setting. The job is perfect for me. I love the flexibility of clinic scheduling, I love college-aged kids, I love small-town colleges.
The portion of my Treasure Map that describes the location I desire to live in is as follows:
“We have a wonderful community and wonderful neighbors who we help and help us when we need it. People are progressively-minded where we live and we have wonderful relationships with them. There are wonderful little shops, restaurants, and cafes within a reasonable distance and we have easy access to all the natural and organic food we want. We are close enough to our church to travel there once per month.”
A small town with a private college, shops and cafes and even a co-op. AND a short drive from the Twin Cities. Mia could even continue with her choir and homeschooling groups. We could see family and friends regularly. We could find land and build our little eco house and have our little hobby farm.
Now to figure out when and how to fit my graduate schooling, a baby, home-schooling and a career into the picture. But then again, the details are not up to me and I have many years ahead in which to accomplish these tasks. All I have to do is ask, believe, and be grateful.