Dream [dreem] verb – to see or imagine in sleep or in a vision
Over the last couple days, I’ve witnessed my friends bringing their dreams to life. One sold out the biggest event of her solo speaking career and received rave reviews. Another left what was comfortable, followed her passion and now makes her own schedule doing what she truly loves.
And yet another started taking classes that will enable her to shift her career in an entirely new direction. If you had asked her a few years ago, she would have told you she had too many things on her plate and not enough time to take classes. But her dream was persistent, it would show up in small ways reminding her it was waiting for her. Now, a few years later, everything has aligned for her to continue to do what she needs to do while taking classes towards a new career she was born to do. There is a joy in her voice I haven’t heard in years.
All three of these women are also mothers, with families, mortgages and multiple people relying on them to do things from the mundane to the complex. Despite all these responsibilities, all these demands on their time, and I’m sure all the free advice everyone has given them, they found the strength to stay true to their dream, their vision. Instead of ignoring, dismissing or rationalizing it away like so many do, they chose to listen to that little voice in their head. And not only did they listen, but they took the next step and put it into action.
Another woman who is acting towards her dreams is Graeme Seabrook. We were connected through a mutual friend; however, I’ve been following Graeme’s work for a little while now. She calls herself the “Mom for Moms” and her most recent contribution to her audience is The Mom Journal. For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know that I love to journal and believe it is a powerful tool. When I heard about Graeme’s journal, I, of course, had to check it out! In its most basic description, The Mom Journal is designed for moms to answer four questions each day, but it’s so much more. In her words, Graeme describes:
“The journal is also a way for you to let beauty into your life. It's a way for you to connect to yourself every day. It's a way for you to take stock of what truly matters to you on a weekly basis. It's a way for you to clear your head of all the lists, the worries, the fears, the motherload that you carry every day.”
How many of us would love to lighten our “motherload” we carry every day? She is so right in that moms constantly walk around with lists in their head, with no outlet. Having a place to write it all down, getting it out of your head is relief in and of itself. Graeme currently has a Kickstarter campaign to bring her dream of The Mom Journal into reality. The Kickstarter funded after only eight days and now is offering bonus content for everyone who buys a copy. If this sounds like something that might help you, or a fellow Mom, I hope you’ll check it out with this link and consider getting a copy. I can’t wait to check it out.
We all have dreams based on what lights us up, but life is busy and demands a lot of us. As a result, many of those dreams end up on a shelf waiting for the “right” time. Those little voices in your head deserve to be listened to. You can start today and find a small way to move toward your dream. Let the stories of my friends motivate and inspire you. They did it, you can do it too. There is no reason to wait. Set aside ten minutes a day to do what you love. You deserve it. It’s why you are here at this time and in this place. Honor yourself, there’s no time to waste.
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I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.