“Life is too short to be cynical. So smile, dare to believe, and leave the door open for magic.”
Did you ever really wish for something? Do you have a dream you would really like to see come true yet worry about it at the same time? Is it really possible to do both? The older I get the more I realize that you really can’t. If you really want something to happen you really need to focus your energy on doing all you can to make it a reality. There’s no time to worry and think about the reasons why it won’t or can’t happen.
Of course sometimes the trickiest part is deciding what your dream is.
Do you try to think practically and do what feels safe and reach for things that are easy to obtain and set goals not too far out of reach?
Maybe thinking that something else better for you will happen ‘someday?’ I’ve known people that are really quite talented with so many different interests and possible opportunities but they say they will pursue those things later when they retire. Maybe we ( because I’m guilty of this too) should make time for those things NOW- not some far off time that may never come. Sometimes we may have a particular dream and know it’s what we really want but immediately start destroying it by mentally keeping a list of ways it can’t , won’t, or shouldn’t work out for us. Let’s stop that!
Make the choice to decide and believe. The word for that is commitment. You have to commit to your dream. Don’t just put it in a box and close the lid, never to see the light of day. Take it out EVERY day believe it will and can happen. If you don’t decide and believe, and therefore commit, well then... as Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t - you’re right.”
Get rid of your fear. Obviously we all have doubts and fears and they resurface again and again so this can not be a one time thing but it’s really all in your attitude. Don’t make excuses, make plans. StIck to your plans even when you face setbacks. Don’t let your fears prevent you from sticking to your plan, believing in your dream and committing to yourself and what you really want.
Make sure you always have time each day just for yourself. For me the early morning is my quiet time and I need it to reflect, read, write, simply hear myself think. It’s important to give yourself the time and space to feel your feelings and organize your thoughts so you may stay in touch with your own needs and desires for your life. It’s important not to get so caught up in the frenzy of daily living that you lose sight of your dreams and goals.
View all mistakes as lessons and use other’s success as inspiration. Value tiny decisions. The decision to get up early every day is a tiny but important decision that happens every single day, when I look at the clock. Should I get up? Stay in bed? Every little decision, every single thing we do, matters.
Don’t let bad habits win. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives and blame different aspects of it for our bad habits. Watching TV marathons instead of doing something more productive that will help you achieve your goals or making poor meal choices that will result in spending energy on obsessing over losing weight are things we all might do but certainly do not have to. Focus on dreaming big and taking action and you won’t have bad habits to worry about. You simply won’t have time. A lot of times we pick up habits because really we are afraid we can’t achieve our goals and make our dreams come true. Stop that.
Believe that the universe is friendly. And if you believe this quote that follows you will continue to dream big, act purposefully and consistently and be amazed as the universe conspires to help you achieve your dream.
Speaking of dreams don’t these look, well, dreamy? When my daughter was four we made these Cotton Candy Cupcakes for her birthday party. She was very into fairy tales, dressing up like a princess, making wishes, and also baking cakes. I used to make a lot of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and actually all kinds of different desserts using a cake mix as a starting point. I still prefer baking in this simple and convenient way and both Angelina, my now 12 year old daughter, and William, my 8 year old son, love to be involved in any type of baking project. This is a very easy recipe which will even make big kids happy. Tasting the cotton candy cupcakes may even inspire them to dream a little, make a wish and hopefully also work to make their dream come true.
Cotton Candy Cupcakes
You will need:
1 package strawberry or white cake mix
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Pink gel food coloring
1 16-ounce container prepared vanilla frosting
2 bags purchased cotton candy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make cake mix according to package directions, substituting milk for water and adding vanilla.
Line two cupcake pans with pink paper cupcake liners. Divide batter evenly between liners. Bake according to package directions.
Cool cupcakes 10 to 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir 1 to 2 drops of pink gel food coloring into prepared frosting. Blend well. Then frost cupcakes. Divide cotton candy into 24 small sections and set each one on top of a frosted cupcake.
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PS. I had a big dream come true today when my last DonorsChoose project for the new school year was completely and fully funded. The project was written so I could hopefully be able to provide my second graders with the proper and safe recess gear they so desperately need. The details and donor information is all here but I really want to extend a huge thank you to Path Water for taking the time to read my project today and making the generous and extremely kind decision to invest so greatly in the future of my students. Their belief in all I am trying to do means so much because Path Water is a company already committed to creating a better environment and world for everyone. I found out about Path Water here ( Dom Baza’s blog) and of course easily became a fan. Follow Path Water on Instagram here and be prepared to be inspired.