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Dreams



Thanks Ruth Ayres for providing a space to make celebration a part of our weekly routines.


I celebrate dreams.

I don’t have a long term dream that recently came true to talk about here like in Ruth’s Dreaming Big post. (Congratulations, Ruth!). Instead, today I celebrate a multitude of dreams, past and present. My dreams have given me hope and kept me going even when they didn’t come true or didn’t turn out exactly the way I had envisioned them. To give up would have been the beginning of despair and the end of hope. I know this because I’ve been down that path before. Fortunately, I had the sense to turn around and start again. And again. And again.  

Without dreams, I wouldn’t have moved my family from the US to Ecuador then to Canada and back to Ecuador again. Or be thinking of doing it again!

Without dreams, I wouldn’t be pursuing my EdD, despite wanting to throw in the towel on more than one occasion. (Shoutout to my daughters, son and husband for believing in me and encouraging me not to give up.)

Without dreams, I wouldn’t be contemplating a change in the direction of my professional career. What that will be has not yet been revealed.

Without dreams, my husband and I wouldn’t have built our dream house. (Truly it is!) 

Without dreams, I wouldn’t be able to walk into my classroom, on those days when I feel like the worst teacher on the planet, to give it another go. (My mantra: it’s all about my students. Love them and enjoy them. It’s the best balm for a weary heart!)

Without dreams, I wouldn’t be able to set an example for my three children about what it means to live life with integrity and passion. (I am so proud of you!)

So, I am grateful for the having of dreams. 

Dreams that make life worth living. 

Dreams that may start out one way, but instead get us to places unforeseen and unimagined. 

I celebrate dreams, lots of them. Some accomplished and some still a little out of reach. 
I celebrate dreams. 

challenges · courage · dreams

Challenges

Today I read a post about not letting challenges get in the way of who we want to become or what we want to accomplish. In fact, according to the writer, challenges are the way to claim necessary changes, and to face our fears.

Yet, sometimes it feels like I overcome challenges, and then a little time later I am faced with new challenges that need to be addressed. But, I need to remind myself that challenges are not obstacles placed in my way to obstruct my path. Rather, challenges are what will get me to the next stage of my life, the next great project, the next dream realized.

Challenges to what I want are the ones I should welcome.

Challenges will make me stronger though it may not seem that way at first.

Knowing that I am deserving of whatever big dream I have right now, is what’s going to push me forward. Welcoming the challenges is the icing on the cake.

Cross posted to March Slice of Life Challenge, Day #24.