I have always been fond of Montana. Perhaps it was the frequent trips out west to visit family, or maybe it was the glorious peaks that captured my soul. The western hospitality was also something to desire. I always felt blessed because I had been exposed at a young age to spectacular geography and a rich way of life (and I am not talking about money). I always remember that little voice in the back of my head saying, “You’re going to live out here someday.”
Little did know, I would meet (and marry) such a wonderful, talented, beautiful woman who shared that same passion (and not just the gym). I always remember our talks about the idea, which of course sounded great, but the implementation was a little more daunting. Her leaving a stellar career with Mayo Clinic and myself packing up my own business to move across the country. Though this fear remained fresh in our minds, that little voice continued to follow. The voice of vision and accomplishing something new. Scary, but exciting all at the same time. I guess I couldn’t have imagined it without my best friend.Challenges will always threaten your vision or goals. Some challenges will be more significant than others, but you have grind it out. No matter what. If you give up, you will be like the majority - don’t be the majority. Follow that little voice that tells you keep putting one foot in front of the other. The reward will be sweet, I promise.
Today, Nikki and I officially closed on our brand-new dream home in the mountains of Montana. Accomplishing this in our late twenties, okay, early thirties, was something most would say couldn’t be possible. This is just the beginning and a milestone to be celebrated for years to come. Nikki and I can officially share that western hospitality we have experienced growing up. For the most part, the process was smooth without too many stressful moments. I must admit we spent roughly two hours picking out exterior sconces. We finally said that if someone has the guts to say they don’t like our sconces, well, we just won’t invite them back…lol.
Both Nikki and I would like to give a special thanks to Shannon Bell and his family with Bell Construction and Development for making our dreams a reality. And thank you, Kate and Drew, for the referral!! From working with the architect, down to the style of door handles, you have made the process more enjoyable than we could have imagined. Not only has your guidance been appreciated, but the quality and final product will be admired for some time.
When people hear the name Shannon Bell, the response is always something like… Wow, craftsmanship like that is really difficult to find. Thank you so much for being an integral chapter in our life.
Nikki and I would also like to thank the @hunter Pauley and his family for not only their support, but their sweat equity. Your guidance was extremely helpful and we couldn’t be happier. I helped Richard plumb the house. According to him my hourly rate is up to $2/hr which is making progress. Linda and Nikki did a wonderful job free handing most of the painting work and really articulated some beautiful ideas for the interior. Nikki and I hope you all enjoyed following the process of #campbellhomestead and for those of you lucky enough to visit, well consider yourself lucky ;-).