Inner Preparations & Rearranging your Front Porch

FPR week 1 lesson 1Photo Credit: The lovely Ashley Paquin

Any time we work on something in the material world . . .

we are also (and more importantly) working on our corresponding inner architecture. The reason we are reflecting on the symbol of the Front Porch and aiming to create Front Porch space in our lives is that we crave the inner peace and connection that it promises. Creating space outside ourselves creates space inside of us… and of course creating dream space inside us is part of manifesting our dreams in the external world.

What are your dreams?

What do you need to shift, let go of, or make a start at, in order to really participate in and contribute to this revolution? Working too much? Relying on anger more than you like? Self-criticism? Wanting it to look perfect? Wishing you had more help? Craving Solitude? Wanting more time with your kids?

Front Porch Overwhelm:

If you’re like most people, the thought of re-arranging your front porch is daunting at best and paralyzing as worst. What should you do with all the crap out there, or how to decide (and afford) the things you want/need to make your space just right? These are pretty common reactions. Don’t worry, I have a plan.

Archetypal Front Porch Activities

  1. Socializing
  2. Eating (and socializing)
  3. Romance
  4. Rest
  5. Solitude
  6. Contemplation
  7. Craft

Choose one of these for your front porch and get started creating it. Use this archetypes to anchor your plans for your front porch transformation.

Baby Steps & the 5 minute rule:

  1. Baby Steps: break your rearranging down into a few small tasks rather than one big project.
  2. The 5 minute rule: Choose one area or task and spend 5 minutes clearing and organizing.

2 questions to help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of?

  1. Is it useful or necessary?
  2. Is it beautiful?

If you answer no to any of these questions ask yourself if it can be re-purposed to be either useful or beautiful. Can’t see it? Pass it on.

What is in your way?

Unless you lay the foundation for success, it will be hard to really surrender to the process of reconnecting, creating community and recovering creativity. So, let’s delve in a bit more and use our porch space as a symbolic self and cultivate consciousness around what it is we’re creating for ourselves, our families, communities and for the world.

In order to do that I have invited a dear friend to give us some tips.

Meet Dounea Gorbet, Dream coach, re-sale artist and long time friend of ours. Dounea, or Nina as her friends know her, has opened and run nine re-sale shops, the first one in 1994 when the re-sale model was limited to antique shops, thrift stores and garage sales. She is truly a pioneer and entrepreneur. Drawing on the image of the old time trading post, she created a business model of community based resale by curating one person’s unwanted items and making them available for the next person. She is a master of space and seeing possibility in the old, used and discarded.

See what Nina has to say!

Learn more about Nina and her wonderfully whimsical work here: The Indie Cottage Dream Studio





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Your Assignment for Week 1, Lesson 1:

  1. What are your dreams?
  2. What clutter needs to go from your front porch?
  3. What kinds of spaces do you want to have?
  4. Gather some pictures to help guide you. Use the FPR Pinterest board for inspiration.
  5. Once your have some ideas, identify what things you already have and make a list of what you will need to manifest (for me it’s a comfy lounge bed thing).
  6. Who can you enlist to help you?

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* Photo Credit: Ashley Paquin

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