We all get hunches. Call it a gut check. Call it instinct. Call it inspiration. Call it the still small voice.
Whatever we call it, from time to time we get a sense that there’s something we need to explore or an action we need to take. It may be something small, like getting a nudge to check in with a friend we’ve been out of touch with. Or it may be big, like listening to a long-felt feeling of unsettledness and responding by taking the steps to make a big, cross-country move, like we did earlier this year. Often my hunches are of the medium variety. I’ve been curious about upholstery for years and have even read up on it from time to time. I saw a chair at my Goodwill that was an obvious low-risk candidate for a first attempt, but I still nearly left without it. In fact, I did leave without it the first time. Then I went back and got it, due to a hunch that I should try my hand at upholstery, because, why not? So I decided to follow it.
31 Days of Following a Hunch
I’ve watched The Nester’s 31 Day blog challenge come and go for a few years now. Each year, I’ve considered joining in, but the timing never felt right. This is where I was when I went to bed on the evening of September 30.
But last night I dreamt I was trapped in our old South Boston condo. It was a two bedroom condo listed at 500 square feet, which included the stairwell and was still too generous. My husband and I bought it out of desperation and fear when we were told we needed to move ourselves and our three week-old baby out of our apartment just outside Cambridge. We both felt a strong hunch that buying that place was the wrong move for us, yet we did it anyway. The years we spent there were pretty awful, except for our beautiful new baby girl, and it will always be a cautionary tale to us about just how wrong things can go when you ignore those gut checks. When I woke, I had a hunch that I should participate in the challenge. (Are you feeling a nudge to re-watch Jerry Maguire, or is that just me?)
I’m calling this series 31 Days of Following a Hunch, and everyday for the month of October I’m going to attempt to post on this topic. I’ve been getting more in touch with these nudges for a little while now, through the useful tool of writing morning pages, and I have a good sense that there will still be a lot of DIY ahead this month. A lot of my hunches are of the medium-variety, or what you might also call a creative impulse. Those will be the posts I promote more than the others, since this is primarily a DIY/home blog. Often my hunches are small—a nudge to just keep working on what’s in front of me. Thankfully, I’m fairly confident I won’t be awaking from random dreams every morning and trying to interpret their meaning.
But I will explore times when I flat-out ignored a pretty strong hunch, like in the example of purchasing our South Boston condo. And there have been times when, looking-back, the hunch seemed to amount to little more than my imagination. So I think a deeper exploration of this topic is just the thing to learn to know the difference, because, why not? I’ll include links to all of my posts on this page, but please subscribe to my blog or follow me on one of my social media channels to read in real time and share your own experiences.
Want to follow the series? Start here.