Monday, September 6, 2010

You Can Do It!

I hang my head in admitting that I've had this book for two years and have yet to earn any merit badges. Why? Well, excuses and stuff got in the way. More excuses than stuff. But, I'm ready to put this book to use.

It's over 500 pages of challenges for us grown up girls who need to break free and find imagination, creativity, courage and dreams once again. Each challenge comes with wonderful quotes, ideas and your very own mentor. Your mentor makes suggestions on completing the challenging. There's even extra credit points.

My very first challenge is to Dare To Dream.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the Beauty of their dreams." I couldn't have said it better.

To begin dreaming, we have to learn to entertain the possibilities. That means never say never.

Jumpstart your dreams by answering one of the following:

1) What have been the proudest moments of your life?

2) What would you do if you won the lottery and money were no object?

3) What are the roads you didn't take because at the time they seemed wrong to you, unfamiliar, too rocky, or just less traveled?

4) What did you daydream about as a kid?

5) What childhood pursuits or pastimes would you like to pick up again?

6) What makes you feel free, serene, or full of nervous excitement?

7) What would your perfect day contain from sunup to sundown?

Choose one of those. I'd love to hear your answers.

The question I've chosen is number 6:

I love the wind on my face, the smell of the ocean, the sound of birds, the colorfulness of the butterflies, the scent of flowers, the crackling of a fire in a fireplace, the feel of a kiss, the smell of cookies baking in the oven and the laughter of my family and friends. Most of all, I love the excitement that I get when I am able to create something and see the end result, especially when the end result is giving to someone as a way to say, "I'm thinking of you."


MizFit said...

perfect day?
my child not up at 5 but say...6? :)
some, err, alone time with husband (yesIsaidit) before she gets up.

then all family.


picnic playing anything NOT electronic :)

then, at the end, before bed, a long long time alone curled up with my KINDLE :)

Brian Miller said...

i wawas just having a conversation with T the other night...i feel like i dont have a dream for the first time in years...and it is rather scary...perhaps i need to earn some merit badges so i can find one again...

Kwana said...

2) If I won the lottery and money were no object I'd take a year off and cruise around the world. Yep a year and make it leisurely and maybe buy a couple of houses in the spots I loved the most. So I guess I really want to travel.

DondreaB said...

I chose #4.

As a kid, I dreamt about all of the things I would do as a grownup. Now that I am a grownup, I dream about all the things I would do if I were a kid again. :-)

♥Georgie♥ said...

LOVED your answer to #6!

Maybe when my kiddos are grown and moved out I can have a dream of my own...right now it is all about day one day it will be about me =)

Redbonegirl97 said...

Hearing the title makes me want to go watch Waterboy.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

blueviolet said...

I really should print that out in big letters and put it in front of me every day. I sure love everything you listed out for your question choice!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Well, You know I love a challenge! :-) This is great, I've never heard/seen this book. Please keep reading and keep challenging yourself in new ways. You'll love it and discover a whole new part of yourself. You're so inspring to me! Keep up the great work you're doing, even if your "work" is just living life to the fullest! :)

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Wow! This has really got me thinking. I have to find my dream.

Nezzy said...

#6, I can let down my guard, kick off my shoes and become a child again when I am with children. Maybe that is why I was in education and now that I'm retired I can surround myself with a pre-teen Sunday School class, Kid's Church and my eight grandchildren. I love to hold Camp Grandma! :o)

Life on the Ponderosa....pretty much an adventure every blessed day.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What an interesting book. i've never seen this one but I like the idea of it. Thanks for the tip.
xo jj

Deborah Ann said...

That book sounds awesome! Gonna get me one.

I'll choose #2: I'd move somewhere warm, and there has to be a beach with lots of palm trees....

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Great questions... I pick #4... As a kid, I dreamt of being a nun and helping people. I rather became a social worker, but I feel that my dream has been fulfilled :-)

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment.


Helene said...

You answered #6 exactly the way I would've....I love every single one of those things! In fact, right now it's gray and gloomy out but the birds are chirping right outside my front door and it's such a calming sound!!

Anita said...

If I won the lottery, I'd take care of my family's current and future needs, then give lots of it away when a need arises: rent due, car repair needed, kid needs an instrument for school, etc. And I'd try to do it anonymously. Maybe it's impossible because of the taxes I'd owe...I don't know...hmmm...

Veronica Lee said...

If I won the lottery, I would take a word tour. I've always loved to travel.

Love your answer to #6.

dana said...

I hate to say it, but: What have been the proudest moments of your life?

My proudest moment was the last time my wasbund threatened to hit me. I said "Go ahead. I want you to. But when you do, you'd better make sure I don't get up."

I'd just "HAD IT" with being threatened and being frightened. Once I stood up to the bully, it never happened again. But by that time, I was finished in more ways than one.

Many years later I divorced him.

Why? I was no longer afraid, and he had stopped intimidating me, but I couldn't live with myself any longer for having allowed it to persist for so many years.


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