My Dreams

It’s time to mingle once again!   I wasn’t sure what to serve today for my guest of honor, Tricia, from Raising Humans.  If you were at Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte over the weekend, then you would recall I said “no” to the pie, hoarded fruit, and really love black olives.   There has to be a menu in there somewhere, right?

Tricia is one of those gems that I found through the SITS Girls.  She’s a gifted writer who inspires me in every post to capture the small moments, moments which Tricia articulates with thoughtful attention and heart and beautiful words.  I am in love with this post below, because Bloggy Boot Camp has me all riled up about following my dreams, and feeling fortunate enough to be surrounded by an awesome tribe of bloggers who are on this path with me. I am truly blessed.

Please welcome the lovely Tricia.

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When I first came to Ilene’s space here, I thought to myself, “Wow, Fierce Diva. That is awesome. I need a little bit more fierce and a lot more diva in my life.” I’ve never really been described as fierce. I’m rather meek, pretty shy, and happier hanging back out of the spotlight, quietly doing my thing as well as I can. That path, the quiet one that flies well below the radar, has taken me pretty far.

I’ve had some successes. I’ve risen in my career. I’ve built a little blog that I call home and that welcomes more visitors than I ever dreamed it would (in that more than my husband and my best friend actually come to visit). And that’s all wonderful. I love my life and I’m proud of the successes I’ve had. 

But now, I want more.  

I have these dreams. Dreams that I’ve always had but that I pushed aside for one reason or another as I planted my feet firmly on the quiet, expected, traditional paths. But we all know, dreams will be pushed but they will never leave for good. 

When I close my eyes, I see my name in print. I see my words shared with hundreds and thousands. I see my stories making a difference. I see people reading my thoughts and experiences and thinking to themselves, “Yes, I get that. She gets me. I’m not alone. I’m going to make it through this. I’m going to celebrate this.” I see lives changed, even in the most minute, tiny, only visible with a microscope kind of way, but still changed, with my words. 

When I close my eyes, I see myself standing on a mountain top, tossing inspirational quotes laid upon beautiful photos far faster than you can pin them all and promising that every last one of them is true. Believe it. When I close my eyes, I hear interviewers asking me questions. “How did you do it?” “What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you did?” “Congratulations on all of your success!” 

Yes, in my dreams, I am a diva. I am fierce. In my dreams I am going after my dreams and I am living my dreams. And I am not scared of honestly baring my soul in front of strangers. And I am not scared of sending my words out into the world in the hopes that they will resonate and someone will pick them up and publish them. I am not scared of rejection or failure. In my dreams, the life I want more than anything is there. And it is perfect. 

know that dreams come true all the time. I know people whose waking moments match their dreams and even in the mundane of dishes and errands and cleaning and the administration of daily life, they can only smile because their life is as they want it and they’ve made it so. know it is possible. I can live my dreams. And if I live my dreams, my children will see that dream living is not only possible, but an unassailable right. So they, then, will live theirs. And their children will have no doubts that their dreams will come true, with two generations of dream living before them, and they, then, will live theirs. And I will leave, in my legacy, a line of dream livers. And, truly, what greater pursuit is there? 

I’ve never really been described as fierce. But, see, I have these dreams.

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Tricia is a mom & freelance writer, finding opportunities for growth in the most amazing places. Read about her growing triumphs & pains on her  blog Raising Humans. You can also tweet at her @raisinghumans or follow her on Facebook.


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My Dreams — 36 Comments

  1. As Anais Nin wrote, “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
    Lovely post, Tricia.

  2. Oh I love this post… and I’m still wracked with jealously that y’all went to BBC! I have never been described as fierce…a force of nature, certainly, but I don’t think most people thought I had enough substance to be fierce… then I became a single mom and low and behold…
    But I too, have things I’d like to do that have had to be on hold because I’ve been doing it all myself. We’ll see what the future holds….

  3. Funny the things that turn us from meek to fierce. Motherhood will do that. And single motherhood? Well I don’t know how you all do it but I know fierceness is required. I have no doubt your future holds many dreams come true.

  4. Oh, my. All of you must have had so much fun at BBC! I am headed to Allume in October, and can’t wait for the learning and camaraderie!
    I love how you see taking action on your dreams as a legacy for your children. Kudos to you for being a fierce and loving dreamer!

  5. Sounds pretty fierce to me, Tricia. I love what you say at the end about showing your kids how to live dreams. I think about this all the time. I’ve never been one to do what I’m told and follow the path that I’m “supposed” to follow. I live my dreams, and I want my kids to see that they can too. Even if we don’t get that ultimate success we dream about, at least we tried. That’s a fierce diva in my mind!

  6. I wouldn’t describe myself as fierce, normally. But I have moments when I surprise myself.
    I think about following dreams and how I want my children to believe that dreams are achievable. I want them to see that hard work and determination and dedication can bring about great things.

  7. Wish I could have gone to BBC – next year, maybe. And I remember being very surprised when people other than my mom and sister read my blog! Even my husband surprises me by mentioning it. Beautiful post. My mom has achieved a lot of dreams and we kids have watched them unfold. And then she builds new ones. I think it’s admirable that she followed her career dreams. I don’t think everyone does..

  8. I love this post, Tricia! It’s crazy because I’m working toward that goal…that dream…and I know it’s attainable. Right now I am living one dream, the dream of marrying an amazing man and caring for an amazing family, and it is truly amazing.
    You are so fierce and I can’t wait to see where your dreams take you!

  9. Great post Tricia!! Yes, we all have dreams that we tuck away and push to the recesses but they never go away. I have a dream – I want to fulfill it – I will do it…even if it kills me! (well not that literally but you know what I mean) If you want something bad enough, you just go after it and you can do it.
    I believe in you!

  10. I love this. My favorite part is leaving a legacy of dream-livers. How inspiring! I want to start that line over here. I want to show my kids that if they put their mind to it, they can make their dreams come true.

  11. Thank you, Jennifer! Yes – even if we don’t get it all, at least we tried. And the trying is so important. Trying is dream living too, isn’t it? I love that you’re living your dreams!

  12. I have no doubt that your children will learn these great things from you, Kim. Aren’t those moments great – when we surprise ourselves with fierceness? 🙂

  13. ha! My husband will mention it to me sometimes too and it surprises me every time! I love that your mom is that kind of inspiration for you. No, not everyone follows their dreams but I’m beginning to see just how important it is not just for me but for my babies too.

  14. Thank you! Yes – I have learned so much by watching you work towards your dream. Yes it is attainable! And I love the dream you’re living (I’m living a similar one!)

  15. Thank you! I have to thank Ilene for inviting me here because I’m not sure I would have come to this post and the idea of a legacy of dream livers otherwise. But now, it’s all I can think about!

  16. I never thought of myself as fierce. Then I became a single mom at the young age of 18. Needless to say, I found that hidden fierce quality in me and let it come through.
    Now, go grab those dreams!!

  17. I don’t know what happened to my comment from yesterday…bizarre!!! I don’t feel like I am too fierce either but I love that is you are teaching your kids to dream! That is big! We can do anything if we simply believe in ourselves enough and set the goals to get there!

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