A Toyota Camry’s-worth of music —

Sell your possessions, buy your dreams.

In just over a week, I’m taking a crew down to Omaha to record a Toyota Camry’s-worth of music.

Huh?

That’s right. Nothing says all-in like selling your possessions — or your wife’s possessions — to fund your creative projects.

So that’s what I did.

As my wife and I began to talk about how I could possibly pursue music and writing full-time, one of the first thoughts she offered was, “we could sell my car.”

She’s a keeper, folks.

Time in the recording studio ain’t cheap, and neither is quitting your day job and leaving behind a steady paycheck. I knew we’d have to come up with a radical plan to make this work. Selling her car seemed like a great first step.

That weekend, in conjunction with a garage sale at which we sold a bunch of other items we found lying around our house, I listed her car on Craigslist. Two hours later, I’d funded my record. Simple as that. We’ve had to be more diligent with our calendar, and I’ve had to chauffeur her to and from work every day for the past two months, but the change has been mostly painless.

As an American, this may sound like treason, but two people can share one car.

Lesson number one in my pursuit to create full-time — if you want to enjoy non-traditional career, you’ve got to make some non-traditional decisions along the way. Whether that means selling a car or delivering Singing Fella-grams (more on this later), making counter cultural decisions is important in making progress toward your dreams.

What sacrifices are you willing to make to be who you want to be?

Here’s where the magic’ll happen.

Stay tuned for studio updates and all sorts of other exciting news.

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Originally posted at nwengbers.com.