5 steps to successful manifestation (+ how I manifested my big move!)

Lake Coeur D'Alene

Lake Coeur D’Alene

I’ve got some big, big, BIG news…

I’m moving!!

Not just down the street, but to beautiful Coeur D’Alene, ID.

Tim and I first visited North Idaho on our honeymoon last year, after a surprise knee injury left me unable to hike the Teton Crest Trail.

We fell in love with the gorgeous lakes, thick forests, beautiful mountains, and most of all the friendly people we met there.

That was the first time we considered North Idaho as a place to live. But we knew there was a long journey ahead.

We have always felt the call of nature. My husband grew up in the countryside of PA riding horses, and while I grew up in the busiest city of Romania I spent my fair share of time hiking and exploring the beautiful mountains and forests, and have always known the forest as my place of peace.

It took us two years from the time we decided on the kind of rural lifestyle we wanted to have to the time we finally made it happen, but every step taken along the way was completely necessary in order to make our dream a reality. Here’s how we did it:

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

We didn’t know we wanted to move to North Idaho until last fall, but we’ve always known that we wanted to live in the countryside. Ever since we made that decision, we spent every opportunity we had to do research, buy what we needed at great prices (we spent an entire summer scouring yard sales for tools and switched our sedan for a truck), and build the skills we would need.

What this ended up translating into is our conviction that our dream would come true.

We would have the country home on acreage, with a garden and some animals. Every single moment and dollar we invested in our dream confirmed our conviction to the universe and reasserted our desire, which only made it more likely to happen.

2. Daydreaming is not only allowed, it’s obligatory

I’ve always been a huge daydreamer, while my husband is usually the one with his feet firmly planted on the ground. Even so, we spent a lot of time fishing at the lake, gardening on our balcony, and talking about what “our new life” would be like. Through this we constantly reminded ourselves of why we wanted this future, which only motivated us to work harder to make it happen.

Funny thing is, in June this year we finally decided that we wouldn’t be able to move until next spring. I accepted this reality and resolved to do everything I could in order to make sure it wouldn’t happen any later.

So I started visualizing what my days in our future home would be like, really feeling it. I did this not only during dull moments throughout the day, but especially at night when falling asleep (it was a sweet way to fall asleep, I tell you). I also started doing pray rain journaling. Every day I wrote a small journal entry from the future me (already having it all) about how awesome my new reality would be. Then I spent some time visualizing it and finished with a prayer for it to come true.

After one week of doing this a series of (completely unexpected!) events happened that led my husband and I to decide to move to Idaho this fall.

That’s when I learned that (1), manifesting works, (2), I can think about how it will happen all I want, but things won’t start to move the way they’re supposed to until I let go of my expectations, fix my goal in my mind, and let God handle the rest, and (3), miracles exist. πŸ™‚

3. Be persistent

When we found our new home, we fell in love with it instantly. Unfortunately, we didn’t want to buy a plane ticket just to go see the house, and the owners were reluctant to rent to us without meeting us first due to a previous bad experience with some renters from another big city on the East Coast.

But I felt that this house was right for us, so I persisted. I shared our stories with the owner. I kept checking in, asking questions, sharing more. And throughout the entire time my heart was in my throat waiting to see what would happen – if this house was destined for us or not.

Under another surprising turn of events, the current tenants seemed to have second thoughts about moving out. Even though this made the wait extremely long (it was a full month, to the day, from the time I first contacted the owner to our being approved for the house), it also gave me the time to show the owner that we were serious, reliable renters.

In the end, what was apparently a setback turned out to be a huge blessing that is most likely what led to us getting the house we wanted.

Another reason to trust God, no matter how bad it seems… you can’t see which way the strings are being pulled.

4. Let go of the outcome

Oooh, this one is so hard. I had to do this twice – first in June when we decided we wouldn’t be able to move in the fall (and I kept daydreaming anyway, but not expecting anything), and second during the (very, very long) month-long wait to get the house. The second time it was decidedly more painful and hard.

During this time I watched inspirational videos (I sang Oprah’s surrender song about a million times a day), decluttered like crazy (more preparation for the move, sending the universe the clear signal that this was happening, whether we were moving into this house or another one), prayed, journaled (I recently started working through The Artist’s Way and did morning pages during that time which was incredibly helpful), took long walks to clear my head, and prayed some more.

I also thought of all of the benefits of staying here over the winter – that we would get to spend Christmas with my husband’s family, that I would get to be warm and cozy without having to go outside every day or learn how to deal with a wood stove, that we would have a lot less snow to shovel and plow, that I would get to see North Idaho at its prettiest in the spring without having to go through the ordeal of adjusting to the cold winter (I’m not a winter person, which should tell you how much I love both my husband (who, as a former ice skater, could bury himself in snow and not be cold) and the Rockies), etc.

5. Be specific

Ok, so I probably should have mentioned this one in the beginning, but it’s so important I wanted to put it in the end to make sure you remember it. Knowing that we wanted to garden and raise some animals, we always had a very good idea of what we ideally wanted in a home.

However, since we were renting, we knew that we would have to settle with what we got and be thankful that we took a step forward in the first place. So when we first saw this house, we liked it because it had most of what we wanted – the rest didn’t really matter anyway, and we didn’t expect to get it.

But this house kept surprising us as, week after week, the owner kept coming up with new perks that fit right in with our initial requirements (high speed internet in a rural area 30 minutes away from the nearest restaurant? a greenhouse? a bulldozer to plow snow with? and there’s more!)

What’s more, my husband just so happened to have a trip coming up (that has been planned since last year) which forced us to move at the end of October, which happened to be two months after we got approved for the home. We are getting to stay through the 60-day notice period at our apartment and don’t have to double pay any rent.

The view from our new dining room

The view from our new dining room

To sum it up:

We made a very clear request of the ideal situation we would like to end up in. We prepared, convinced it would happen the way the wanted it to. We daydreamed, seeing ourselves already there and knowing that it was a done deal. We let go of our expectations for this ideal situation and just allowed the future to come our way. God (the Universe) delivered beyond our wildest dreams.

Do you have a story of manifesting success? Share it, I would LOVE to read it!

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  1. Congrats, Laura – on both the successful manifesting and on the move! I totally agree with these action steps.
    A lovely post and lovely news πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Laura
    I am glad things are working out for you. I am so happy for you.
    I lived with uncertainty for a couple of years and did not what business to start.
    I got a job offer, as I was about to prepare my CV, and took it. It is a wonderful job. I work 4 days a week and can continue with my voluntary activities.
    The job has made me more focused and I achieve a lot more in the evening and weekends.
    I feel more confident that the future will work out and that the issues that I have faced in my business ( ongoing for two years and not yet resolved) will work out for the best.
    Let go and let God.

  3. I am just now dipping my toe into the waters of manifestation. Right now, it’s working for finding cherry parking spots and free lunches. Time to go big!

    Thanks for sharing your story… and you are going to L-O-V-E Coeur d’Alene!

  4. What a wonderful way to chronicle this move of yours! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. Wow! My take away from this is to dream big. I have to admit I’m terribly guilty of not thinking that way mainly thinking it’s not possible for me or perhaps a bit selfish but I’m slowly getting there! Congratulations – I’m really happy for you!

  6. Congratulations!! I’m not entirely convinced that the view from your dining room isn’t a painting! Ha – it’s stunning! Best of luck to you through all the moving craziness! I’m gearing up to move summer 2015 and the nerves are already getting me!


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