When I was a child I know I had a lot of dreams about what my life would be like when I was “grown up.” The only thing that really, truly remained consistent about those dreams however was that I wanted to be a wife and a mother. For a while, I wanted to be the first female President (I think this lasted until about age 9). Then I decided I would be a Broadway star – I loved acting and dancing on stage. Until I hit puberty and became seriously shy in front of big groups of people. In high school I realized I had a growing love of art and architecture and really set my heart on becoming an architect. I applied to colleges that had good programs and studied architecture during my freshman year at the University of Arizona. I realized during that year though that it was not for me. What I loved about architecture was its beauty, not the science of it. I wasn’t interested in all that math or engineering … bleh. At that point I felt completely lost and transferred to the University of Virginia. Since I simply had had no idea what to “be” I majored in English Lit and figured the answer would come around at some point and at least I would get to read lots of good books and wind up with a solid Liberal Arts education. When I graduated I got a job in marketing which soon led to sales. I liked it and I was fairly good at it so it worked for me. But I was never truly passionate about it. It was during this time that something really clicked inside of me – I started dreaming. I began to sense a tiny spark inside myself that believed I could do something that fed my passions, gave me a creative outlet and allowed me to be the wife and mother I always wanted to be.
Well, things are happening in this dream. It is going somewhere…I have no idea where but I did put the wheels in motion and now they are rolling and I am chasing this dream and having a blast. There is no destination, really. It is all about the journey.
If you have dreams, follow them. Who knows where they will lead…but if you don’t try I guarantee nothing will come of them.