You have that dream. The one. The big daddy. I know you do. It’s inside you. Something you have wanted to do for a long time. I can feel it.
Maybe that dream is learning to become a photographer, a really good one. Perhaps you are thinking of becoming a world renowned chef, or even, family renowned. It could be you want to fly a helicopter someday. Not fly in, but pilot the helicopter. It might be a house. Your very own, yup. You own it.
Wait, it’s having your own business, isn’t? Your fashionista style is well-know by your friends and you are ready to make it a full fledged, respectable business entity. Or maybe it’s getting that scrapbook/quilt/ party decor/garden/quilt/painting/calligraphy/stamp collecting/pottery making/cake decorating project going.
Know how I know this? Because a few of these dreams are mine, too. This dream of yours is huge! And you know what? It is so good to have a dream. But we are busy women. Our lives are full of working, raising children, running organizations, and doing all the stuff of life, how can we fit in the dream? More importantly, why should we?
I submit to you 5 reasons to take that dream seriously. And do something about it. Today.
1. Find your courage
Sometimes, the toughest part of starting on any dream project is to tell someone. The people around you think they know you. They have seen you in all facets of life, and they are comfortable with that. Even the closest of loved ones around you, may really not understand what you your vision is here. That’s okay. Just ask them to support you in this. And you are realistic in this big dream stuff. As a budding photographer, you don’t need to start out with the Canon 7D Mark ii yet, you will keep working on that camera you got a couple Christmases ago. But watch how you are going to make that focal point crisp!
2. Get those creative juices flowing.
Just the mere creative process opens faculties in our minds to that aren’t readily tapped. Working to learn new skills, see something differently, or see the pieces as they work together to fit the puzzle help your brain develop. And as you are able to do this, it will only help you in other areas of your life. Seeing big picture and small details together will make the whole project come to fruition. After crocheting for a while you look at the fence line differently, you can see pattern and technique and wonder how you could replicate that in your stitches. Surely, this skill will benefit you in other areas.
3. Establish priorities. Time management 101.
By having that side project you are working on, you find that you can squeeze more out of your day. Sure, you are booked, but if you moved this appointment up a half hour, you could have an extra 45 minutes to work on that quilt. The creative project will allow you the freedom to be more disciplined. Wait, did she just say freedom to be more disciplined? You got it. Time management is a skill that takes practice. Lots of practice. By establishing your daily goals, you are able to turn off all distractions and focus on your work projects, one after another. You are more productive and later, can whole-heartedly focus on that lovely, creative project you’re working on. And 45 minutes on a quilt could get another row of stitching done. Now that’s progress.
4. Add new people to your life.
This side, creative project, no matter how small, not only helps your mind, it helps your social life. You will be led to people who are interested in the same things, who have insight on your project or who may be willing to mentor you through the process. The old adage, “When the student is ready the master will appear” rings true. You may not meet them in real life, that might be just a little unrealistic if you’re cake decorating at 10PM. Pinterest may lead you to the right blog, and you start asking questions to the author, and soon, you have a mentor in your new skill.
Maybe the first time you walk in the craft store on this mission is intimidating. You don’t know what kind of cake decorating tip to use, but by browsing through a few books you have a hunch. Ask questions. Lots of questions. Every great was once a beginner.
5. See yourself differently.
Michelangelo, the great artist, was quoted as saying, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” As you work on the creative project, whatever that is, you begin to listen more to your thought process. You learn to trust your instincts. You begin to see the final project and steps needed to get there. You have a new sense of confidence because you did it. And you can do it again.
Finally, this is where it gets really good. Not only are you using your talents to create, you can use those skills and abilities to help those around you. You could cook a meal for a family with a newborn just trying to get a good night’s sleep, you could paint a piece for a family member this Christmas, you could use your design skills to re-do your home on a limited budget. Sure, it seems like you are doing this creative project for you- when in reality, you are doing this for all of those around you. Isn’t that amazing?
See, I’m just learning this. Again. This blog has brought me a creative outlet. It has taught me more about goal setting, time management, structure and given me an intense zeal to keep moving forward. I want you to have that.
Now, tell me. What is that dream? What are you going to do about it TODAY?