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Dream Big.

Sundays, especially cold ones, are for sweatpants, and candles, cozy blankets and naps.  They’re also for planning, meal prep, organizing.

And a little bit of dreaming.

When I opened my wedding planning business – and my tiny office in a little historic town in Delaware – way back when, I bought a pillow that had the words ‘Dream Big’ embroidered across it.  I had recently moved back from Baltimore, and I had just left job that, while it was bringing in a decent amount of money, wasn’t bringing me much joy.  

Leaving it all to go full steam ahead with a business in which I had little experience – both in content and also in basic business ownership – was a total leap of faith.  I looked at this little pillow often, and reminded myself of those words when I lost steam, lost hope, or felt like I made a mistake {or lots of mistakes} along the way.  There were twists and turns, both encouraging and disheartening, but that leap turned out to be the bridge that I needed to cross in order to get to the work I feel like I was meant to do.  

It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in t {and I loved everything in this post!  It’s definitely time to get focused on all these good things!} and it’s been for good reason.  My last post was at the end of September, and since then, things have been a little crazy, as sometimes happens!  But the past few weeks have been full of lots of new things, and lots of change – GOOD change.  Not the least of which is that I moved, and for the first time since that move back from Baltimore I’m not living with someone to whom I’m related.  Not a big deal for some, but we’ve got to remember that progress isn’t compared to ‘some,’ it’s compared to ONE…and that ‘one’ is ourselves, and I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt this happy and ‘grounded.’  If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you are EXACTLY where you are meant to be, right up until that moment when you feel – when you KNOW – you’re ready to move on.  

That pillow is still in my office…my new office in my new apartment… and the past few weeks have been filled with a lot of dreaming.  A lot of ‘If you could do anything, what would it be?’ kind of thinking.  And these are good thoughts to have…they’re fun thoughts to think.  After a few weeks of busy-ness, I gave myself this long weekend {I was off on Friday} to settle in, settle down, and figure out – or at least get the wheels moving – on how I wanted to move forth.  It was time well spent, to say the least.  

So, on this Sunday, before I snuggle in for the rest of the night, I’d like to remind you of one thing.  DREAM BIG.  You have permission.  You are encouraged.  Even if you don’t have much to work with in terms of resources right now, think of all those things you’d like to do, and figure out how you can make them happen.  Where can you start?  This – a lack of ‘red carpet’ rolled out in front of you – is when you can actually make the most heartfelt, significant decisions and impact for yourself and your life.  Figure out a plan.  Find a way.  DIG DEEP and DREAM BIG.  Figure out what it is that you REALLY want.  Move forward on all those things that you’ve always wanted to do.  Break things open.  You’ll be surprised and what you are able to do.  I promise.  There’s no guarantee it will be easy – in fact, it’s pretty likely that it will be hard – but it will be so, so worth it.  

Images:  Krista Brackin Photography

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