On Dreaming

My favorite quote that I repeat often in our home is The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.  
Sad thing is, I have spent so many of my days just like this.

I have dreams.  
I have hopes of where I want to be one year from now.
I have ways I want to impact my corner of the world.
I have a vision of how I hope my life could make a difference.

But most days I do nothing beyond mulling these nice thoughts over and over in my mind.  I somehow think that maybe if I'm lucky, I will be able to look back in ten years and see that I accomplished something.  Anything.  That I did something with my life.

I am living my definition of insanity.

So here's to jumping off that crazy train.
Here's to making steps, even if they are baby steps, towards living the dreams God has placed on my heart.
And since I have become a huge list person since those furious nesting days of the past, I started this list of things I need to do each day.  Because I don't have to keep going down the path of complacency.  I can choose to start fresh today and be the change I want to see in my life.

// Take at least five minutes a day to open the Bible.  Talk to Jesus throughout the day. 
// Spend time reading to Emmett everyday.

// Wash one load of laundry.  

// Write what God is whispering to my heart daily.  Journaling, blogging, list making, anything.

// Make a list of steps towards accomplishing my dreams.  Take a baby step each day.

// Create a space in our home for creativity.

// Surround myself with people that inspire me.  De-clutter the things that bog me down.

^^ How's this for humble beginnings for my future creative space?!  And a bit of embarrassment over how messy this space is. . . but I guess that makes the hope of change that much more valuable.  ^^

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I hope God allows me to live a long life on this Earth.   Eighty, ninety, one hundred years.  How do I want to be remembered for spending my days?!  I could become really great at keeping up on all 752 of my Facebook friends.  I could get well versed in all things TV shows and pop music.  I could work out super intensely and sport around my 10+ body. {Ok, we all know I'm not in danger of that happening}  

Or I could spending my days using my gifts to bless people.  I could allow God to open up so many chances to pursue the dreams He puts in my heart.  I could ask Him to change me into a person that overflows with His love and grace.  I could set aside things that won't matter and trade them for things that will make a difference in Eternity.

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.  
The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. 
-- Ray Bradbury


  1. This is beautiful. I've been dreaming a lot lately so I feel like this post spoke right to my soul! As a fellow list-writer, I was inspired by your list to not only accomplish practical things, but tasks that involve and place God first in your life (I especially love the goal of talking to Jesus throughout the day--that is a great one that I need to take up!). :)

    Secondly, I love your last paragraph. It's so easy to think that I have to look a certain way or have a certain degree to be successful and live my life to the fullest. In reality, as you pointed out, a fulfilling life involves giving, not getting and saying YES to God instead of no. Thanks for this post + for always (always!) being so honest! :)

  2. Wonderful! I have been having similar thoughts this week, and made MY list this morning. You go, girl!

  3. wonderful reminder. I needed this today.

  4. Husband & I had this conversation yesterday: what in his life was weighing him down, and making contentment out of reach? What did he want to be known as? What would he keep and what would he toss. Its a great way to jumpstart a needed change!

  5. Love this post!! I think those are great, realistic goals for yourself! :) Also love the quote at the end.