The Journey of 1,000 Miles Begins with . . . Lack of Sleep, Lots of Coffee & A Desperate Google Search

What is your dream?

No, really . . . not the fuzzy nonsense your brain served up last night while you slept. Not the rah-rah positivity “Dream Big Dreams” stuff that’s splashed all over social media.

But your actual dream, the one you’ve tried to ignore, get rid of, pursue, bury in the ground, pretend didn’t exist, love, obsess over, cry over, rant about, and finally . . . dream about.

That dream.

I know you’ve got one because I’ve got one and damn it, the thing just wouldn’t leave me alone. Since 2004, (and probably earlier than that if I’m being honest), I’ve had this big idea for myself and my life. As I write these words, it’s 2019 . . . you might be wondering, “Soooo . . . what the hell have you been doing for 15 years?”

I ask myself the same thing.

You and I both know that even though we have lots of ideas and plans and burning passions, life gets in the way and some dreams can take a pretty long time.

Life Can Get In the Way

In the past 15 years I have:

Had a baby

Moved halfway across the country

Lived with family for two years

Stayed at home with my daughter

Worked full time

Bought and renovated a home

Got a divorce

Met someone new

Made a blended family

Worked part time

. . . and more!

All that time, through all of those events, in the back of my head and in the deepest pieces of my heart, my dream still lived.

It just needed more time.

Over these 15 years, I’ve battled more that just real life. There’s been doubters, mental demons, skills I didn’t have yet, lack of technology, too much technology, and that vague, infuriating sense that my dream was silly and unreachable.

But despite all of that, I still see myself doing two things: writing and making art.

That’s my dream.

What Does It Really Take to “Live Your Dream?”

Over the years I’ve looked up thousands of different bits of information, inspiration, and education from hundreds of blogs and websites; taken course after course; and started and abandoned probably 20 different directions and ideas.

This is what chasing a dream really looks like. Having an idea, and then learning what it takes to make that idea REAL.

I could easily look it up on Goggle when I needed to know “how to customize my blog header” or “how to mix skin color for portraits,” but it was less easy to find information I desperately needed like:

How to continue when your brain tells you your ideas are silly and worthless.

Dealing with people who don’t support your dream.

Prioritizing your dream when you have a job, a family and are in the middle of a court case. (Umm, yeah.)

Learning the stuff I don’t know I don’t know.

There’s several thousand websites that can tell you how to set up your blog hosting. #helloaffiliateposts *waves*

But where are the websites that will help a dream come to life when life is busy and overwhelming, people are uncaring, and you’re feeling unmotivated and tapped out?

Here, my friends!

I would love to go back in time and give all this information I’ve gathered to the me from 2004 who had no idea what her dream even really looked like. But since I can’t do that, I’d like to share everything I’ve learned with YOU. And, from here on out, I will continue to share everything I’m learning as I grow this blog and continue to pursue my passion for creating art.

If you feel stuck, lost, burned out, overwhelmed, uncreative, too busy, not good enough, or doubted, but you are still NOT giving up on that dream, damn it! I see you. And I want to help.