I bet you have a one too. Maybe your’s is posted on your office wall. Maybe it is imprinted on your thoughts every waking moment of the day. Maybe your’s has been rewritten a thousand times. Maybe you like to say it out loud. Maybe you don’t talk about it ever because you fear saying it out loud would make you feel silly. No matter what we all have a list of dreams. Some big and some small, but they are the things that when we close our eyes and silence our thoughts long enough we can hear our hearts yell it louder than anything.
For years I have had my list lingering from one notebook to another. Some of them I said out loud and others I felt too silly to talk about or felt the timing wasn’t right to even think about them. The thing I have learned that these lists are simply only lists we hold up idealized until we make plans to make them a reality.
This last few weeks and weekends I have spent a lot of time focused on these dreams of mine. I have been narrowing in on what success means in my 30’s and what I really long for and how do I make that happen. As a result, these dreams have stopped feeling like such distant thoughts and feelings or inspiration, but have felt tangible and real as of late. At the beginning of the year, Mike got me a Passion Planner, knowing I struggle with organizing my thoughts and executing a big idea sometimes. It arrived last week right when I needed it. Since then I have been putting my dreams into motion. From starting to sell my fonts and graphics, to building out a whole new structure to TFE which will start in March, to making decisions about our life.
There is something about pursuing what you love whether a little or a lot every day that fills us up and fires us up. I think it is a human instinct. Every day is a continued drive to keep pushing towards my dreams. Some days more than others, but nevertheless every day is progressive. From lessons learned to new ideas added to deadlines hit. It all matters in the grand scheme of it all.
I always knew that we were the only things that stood in the way of our dreams, but I have spent a lot of the past year blaming my lack of progression in my dreams on other people and things instead of realizing I can do this. It is easy to feel self-pity and make the excuse, but sometimes we have to give ourselves a swift kick and stop whining. We have to pick up that list we keep holding high and mighty and realize all of it is achievable. All we have to do is to make the plan. We have to begin without excuse. We instead take one step at a time. This is the only way we will get there.
I hope this Monday finds you all well and I hope this little reminder keeps you going and pushing toward your dreams. They matter and you must not forget that the greatest thing we can do for the world is to wildly pursue what we love.
Happy Monday, friends!