Just a Couple of Dreamers

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So Jules and I have been accused of being just “a couple of dreamers” or having our heads in the clouds.  There is some truth to this, we do like to dream and plan and conspire! That is one of the many things I love about my sister,  we can openly share our dreams with each other and know that we won’t be judged.  In fact one dream may lead to another dream and the next thing you know we are writing a blog together!  We have been doing this for years, just ask our family about the flip flops we made and sold!  Some of our dreams have been better than others.

I recently read an article in Guideposts, which is a wonderful inspirational magazine started by Norman Vincent Peale, author of  The Power of Positive Thinking.  The story was by Dolly Parton and it was titled, “Dolly’s Dreams”.  A quote from this article really resonated with me.

“There is a difference between a wish and a dream.  You can sit around and wish for good things to happen to you, but a dream is something you have to pursue, something you make happen.”…”You’ve got to be responsible for your dreams.  You’ve got to take care of them the way you take care of your children, protect them, say no to people who want to remake them their own way.”…”Because most of all, you have to trust him (God) with your dreams.  Maybe he’s got something planned that’s even better than you expect.” Dolly Parton- Guideposts, June 2014

I can’t imagine living my life without dreaming.  I think this quote sums it up nicely, you can’t just sit around and wait for your dreams to come true, you have to do something, take that next step to make it happen.   Thinking of ideas and dreaming makes me feel excited about all of the possibilities out there!

I know Jules and I are not done dreaming, in fact we have already been talking about plans for expanding our blog.  I think it might be in our DNA, we are the daughters of one of the biggest dreamers I have ever known.  I am dedicating this blog entry to our Dad who went home to be with the Lord twenty-six years ago on June 13th.  He was a true inspiration and pursued many dreams in a life that ended too young.  From starting his own business to opening a hometown newspaper or flying his own plane and many other adventures, there was never a dull moment.  We miss you Dad!

What about you?  Is there a special dream you have tucked away in the back of your mind?  I encourage to to take one tiny step today toward pursuing that dream!

~Blessings,

Jen

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15 Minutes

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What can you accomplish in 15 minutes a day?  Do you have a list of things that you have always wanted to do, but never seem to have time to tackle, such as organizing your house, , learning how to knit, paint, sew or speak French?  The list could go on and on.  These are just a few of the things I’ve heard others say they want to try or I’ve thought about myself.

Two years ago, I really wanted to chronicle our adoption story.  I had kept a personal journal and a blog throughout the adoption process, but I really wanted to put it all together in a story that I could one day share with Little One.  I kept putting it off because it seemed like I never had a chunk of time to sit down, gather my thoughts and write.

One of my New Year’s resolutions that year was to spend 15 minutes three times a week writing.  It took me two years, but I kept my resolution and completed our story-all 92 pages!  So although 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time, it adds up!  Even weeks when I was super busy, 15 minutes was always doable.  The feeling of accomplishment I had when the project was completed, motivated me to keep up my 15 minutes of writing.  Who knows, maybe one day I can write that Great American novel!

What about you?  Do you have a dream you have been putting off because you don’t have time?  I challenge you to commit to 15 minutes a few times a week to make it happen!  Just 15 minutes!

~Blessings,

Jen