dare to dream

Can we take a second to talk about dreams? I’m about to get really real for a second. I have always dreamed of owning my own shop, designing homes and living a life full of purpose. (Basically, Joanna Gaines is living my dream life. Except for being on TV. That is definitely not in my dream life.) Now that I am a grown woman and can actually start making decisions to put me on a path of making those dreams a reality, I am halted by fear. Fear that I am not a good enough designer because I’m not creative enough and I don’t have the experience that I need. Fear that I don’t have enough money to start my own shop. Fear that if I am successful at these endeavors, will that change who I am.

I am currently reading the book Thrive by Ariana Huffington and she talks about redefining success. Success is about a lot more than money and power. I am not finished with the book, so I haven’t gotten all the wisdom that she has to offer on the subject yet. But here are my thoughts so far: You can have money and power and be severely unhappy. So, when planning for the future, the goal cannot be money and power. Money and power may be a byproduct of following your dream but it should never be the goal. I may start a shop and I may fail. I may try to design houses and spaces and I may fail at that as well. But in everything, I want to be me. God didn’t make me to be anyone else.

If you have some suggestions or stories about how you have and are following your dreams, please leave me a comment or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!

I took a week off from blogging right after I finally shared my blog with my family and friends. Probably not the best time to take a week off. I have been planning for an upcoming challenge that I am going to be a part of in October, write31days.com. Bloggers and writers are challenged to write every day for 31 days in a row, starting October 1st. I’ve added a 31 Days Challenge to the main menu so that you can follow along if you’d like.

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