With every story I publish, I try my very best to come away with at least one meaningful lesson. One message that shines through all the other cool stuff that I learn about a person.
It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in envying the pretty things that someone has or interesting things that someone does. But we get no where with that! For me, these stories are about excavating beyond the pretty things (which, I won’t deny, I love very much) and into the motivations and mantras of a person. I’m looking for that spark of something wholesome and enriching that I can take away from our visit and use to elevate my own life.
In today’s story, you’ll meet Lucy, Steve, and Stella Wrubel, a truly fabulous family living in Dallas, TX with a lifestyle that feels like it came straight out of a contemporary fairytale. Mom is a hip DJ with discerning clients. Dad is world traveled photographer. Daughter is a spirited girl with endless potential and incredible resources. Home is a gorgeous contemporary building with towering walls of windows and eclectic furnishings. Their home and personal style is just awesome! So, I ask myself, what’s the lesson here? Become a successful DJ? Travel the world as a photographer? Build a gorgeous contemporary home? (that might get expensive) Start all over, and be a kid again like Stella? We’re getting closer. (excavating…)
After my visit with the Wrubels, one profound and core element to their style, personalities, and life choices struck me – A sense of adventure and free-spiritedness! From the colors in their home to the places they travel, these ideas seem to be at the root of everything they do. Living in Rome for the early part of their marriage wasn’t only possible because of family support and financial stability, but because of a willingness to step out of their comfort zone. Making a major career shift from sketch comedian to disc jockey was an option not because of superior education or experience but because of a curiosity and fearlessness to pursue something of interest. And yes, a hot pink and purple rug for the living room works because the Wrubels aren’t afraid of the things they love… bold color and lots of character. I think if I applied similar mindsets to my own life, I’d be impressed with the outcomes too.
So, on that note, let’s take a peek at what free-spiritedness and adventure looks like in Wrubel-land…
It’s true. We all want to crash at the Wrubel’s now. I mean they have a jungle gym in their front yard! Ok, maybe that’s a piece of contemporary sculptural art. Either way, it’s groovy, no?
Between now and tomorrow when I share the killer conversation I had with Lucy, check out both Steve and Lucy’s Instagram accounts. Talk about adventure in a snapshot! Since I’ve been following them, I’ve traveled to Italy (specifically Rome), Jackson Hole, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles to name just a few. For a gal on a budget, it’s a brilliant way to travel.
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