Ah, dreams. Aren’t they wonderful?
The other day my youngest said that when he grows up he is going to be a YouTube millionaire. (Apparently that’s a thing now.) I pointed out to him that of all the people who are on YouTube, only a handful of them become millionaires, and he replied, “Well, then I’ll be in that handful.” Okey-dokey then.
And the thing is, I totally get that. I’ve never really gotten over my dreams either- I’m still chasing that idea that I can do something I love and still pay the bills. I’m not there yet, but I haven’t given up. Maybe I should. I don’t know. I just keep coming back to the idea that if I just keep trying, eventually I’ll figure it out.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and photographer. Technically when I was a kid, I wanted to work for National Geographic. That particular part of the dream was put to rest when I realized that I’m really not cut out for staring down animals that may or may not want to eat me- but the love of writing and photography never faded. I’ve written a novel- and then never really did anything with it because rejection is hard. I’ve attempted professional photography, and failed epically because you kind of need to be able to sell yourself to people in that profession, and I suck at that.
So yeah. I’m still dreaming. I’m still struggling to pay the bills. But eventually I’m going to stumble onto the thing that I’m meant to do-and I’m going to find it because I never let go. My life is a little crazy at the moment and the reality is that I can’t just step out of it altogether to chase the dream. But maybe that’s the trick- finding a way to make it all come together. Because why shouldn’t I succeed? Seriously, why not me?
One of the best things that I’ve discovered on the internet lately has been printable Lists. They’re so awesome. You can find them for daily To-Do lists, monthly To-Do lists, cleaning lists, contact lists, Goal Lists- you name it, you can probably find one. I’ve been working hard lately on a new business that will go along with this Blog (which is another reason why you should subscribe, if you haven’t already!) and the List has been a huge tool for me. I’m a very visual person, and I love to check those suckers off. They make me feel like I’m progressing, moving forward towards the dream in a real and productive way.
Here are a few things I’ve learned from my lists so far:
*You have to know what you want. Write that down- I bet it’s harder to put into words than you think.
*Big Life Goals look a lot more attainable when you break them down into steps.
*You can write lists all day long, but if you don’t then work them, they’re just paper. However, if you do work them- they make you feel amazing. There is no better confidence builder.
Don’t you want to feel amazing too? You know you do. Here’s one of my favorite To-Do Lists for you (Just Save and Print):