What To Do To Keep Your Dreams Alive

What to Do to Keep Your Dreams Alive

 

All of us are born with a dream in our hearts and these dreams and goals grow and develop over time. When the problems we’ve faced over the years get to us and we’ve lost sight of those dreams, there’s a way to bring them back to life.

Remember the days when we would play pretend with our friends and create color crayon drawings in school that so beautifully depicted where we saw ourselves when we “grow up” and became an adult? When we’re young we tend to have imaginations that place us in some of the most exhilarating and fanciful scenarios.

Maybe your childhood drawings were of a perfectly manicured hill of grass with trees and a cute square house that stood behind stick figures. Perhaps you dreamt up and drew things like being a princess, morphing into Superman, becoming a world-famous musician, or inventing something so pivotal and life-changing it would save the entire world from its problems.

When we’re young we have time to dream because that’s what we’re taught to do. We were given a paper and crayons and told to draw. We were told by our teachers and adults in our lives that it was okay to let our imaginations run wild and to talk with our classmates and friends about all of the exhilarating adventures and scenarios we thought up about our “grown up” lives. Those recess hours spent sitting in a circle with our friends and talking over each other as we competed to be heard with statements that began with, “Well when I grow up I’m going to be…” were encouraged and necessary to our development as people.

Somewhere between being that innocent childlike dreamer that believed we could be anything we wanted to be and becoming an adult, going to college and entering the often mundane routine of the “real world” things changed.

Now, I am not with the school of thought that we should all just live in lala land and act as though the responsibilities of adulthood and everyday life are not real and important, that would be insane and detrimentally irresponsible. What I am saying is that it’s time to allow ourselves to get lost in our imagination, dream limitlessly, and share those dreams with others again because it is still necessary to our growth as adults.  Why do we lose this side of us throughout the years?

One obvious reason for this is the fact that we all have different life experiences and carry different stories that lead us to where we are today. Maybe you’re a mid-20’s adult that flunked out of law school, a college graduate that can’t find a descent paying job, a 25-year-old with only a high school diploma looking to go to college, a driven college student that doesn’t know what you want to do after graduation, a young single mom that feels hopeless or a washed up high school athlete that was injured while playing sports in college and hasn’t quite found your footing in life.

We all have different stories, circumstances and challenges in life, but we cannot let those circumstances prevent us from allowing ourselves to believe the impossible. I saw a line from Alice In Wonderland a few weeks back that reminded me of the importance of this.

“Why sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

Taking the time to imagine the impossible and dreaming the things that we think have passed us by is vital to living a fulfilling and hopeful life. Even if you find yourself doubting or having a hard time allowing yourself to imagine wildly, start by doing it anyway and see what happens.

Of course our aspirations, goals and dreams change and evolve but it is crucial that we have them. When we are able to identify, speak and go after our dreams we are beginning to live out the purpose we were born with. It isn’t until we take the first step, which is allowing ourselves to imagine and envision what we want in life that we can work toward achieving it.

 


Camille Moultrie, She is Fierce! Contributor

Camille Moultrie

Camille Moultrie currently resides in Fresno, California and is a Partnership Activation Coordinator at Minor League Baseball team Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros. She got her B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno where she also became a life-long member of the international Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

When she is not working you can find Camille sipping on an iced Americano, creating workout regimes, taking road trips with her closest friends, sharing her most personal life experiences and lessons on her website, and staying updated on professional development. To hear more from Camille, you can find her at camillemoultrie.com.

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A Friendly Reminder to the Stressed Out Working Woman

A Friendly Reminder to the Stressed Out Working Woman

 

As working women with very active schedules it can be quite the challenge to find alone time or have the opportunity to treat ourselves. Between working full-time, maintaining friendships & relationships, working out and having a social life, it’s easy to accidentally leave our own needs out of the equation. Despite all of the things we have on our plate, it’s crucial to find time to be good to ourselves to avoid burnout, be the best version of ourselves and keep a good perspective. Whether it’s reading, getting pampered, writing, or watching TV that makes you feel refreshed, it’s necessary to purposely make time for those special moments in the midst of an overloaded schedule.

I have been working full-time for a minor league baseball team for the past couple of years since graduating from college and I must say it is a completely different ballgame (pun intended). Now, I don’t have a family and kids yet but even then, the amount of planning and preparation it takes for me to carve out time for myself is embarrassing. As a self-proclaimed workaholic, there are days where I think about nothing but work and need to remind myself that although work is important, it cannot consume my life. If what we allow to take up most of our thoughts and energy is extraordinarily imbalanced, we can miss out on good things that are right in front of us.

 

Three Ways to Make Time For Yourself

 

Set A Day & Time (And stick to it!)

Setting a specific day of the week and time that you plan to do nothing but what you want to do is key. You may need to set a reminder on your phone or tell your friends/family/boyfriend ahead of time that you’ll be away from your phone or unavailable. Make sure you plan ahead and commit to that time as if it were a job interview. Do not let anyone or anything get in the way. You’ll leave that allotted amount of time feeling refreshed and ready to take on any challenge.

 

Random Acts of Kindness

As great as setting a day and time sounds, for some of us it’s not realistic and that’s okay. There are days you may randomly plan to do nothing but sit and watch TV, go on a long hike, get a mani/pedi, but then start to talk yourself out of it because you already have plans or commitments that seem more important. Now, I am not saying it’s good to bail on your commitments, but there are days you must press the pause button (when you feel the need to) and do something for yourself. Don’t be afraid to display random acts of kindness to yourself.

 

Wake Up Earlier

Doesn’t this just sound awful? But in all actuality this may be the answer for some of us. Taking that extra few minutes in the morning to plan, go workout or get some things done before the day starts can help tremendously. Getting mandatory tasks done ahead of time creates a great window of opportunity to do what we want to do later in the day.

 

I encourage all working women to stay committed to you first and foremost! Remember, if we aren’t at our best it can be difficult to give the world around us our best.

 


Camille Moultrie, She is Fierce! Contributor

Camille Moultrie

Camille Moultrie currently resides in Fresno, California and is a Partnership Activation Coordinator at Minor League Baseball team Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros. She got her B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno where she also became a life-long member of the international Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

When she is not working you can find Camille sipping on an iced Americano, creating workout regimes, taking road trips with her closest friends, sharing her most personal life experiences and lessons on her website, and staying updated on professional development. To hear more from Camille, you can find her at camillemoultrie.com.

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