Hold on to Hope… Dare to Dream!

I used to be a dreamer as a child. I was at a conference earlier this year and we were challenged to write down 100 dreams that we had… people wrote down anything from going on holiday this year to launching a blue chip company. I struggled to write down 20 dreams I had (I’ve revisited this list a few times and added to it since).

I had all these things I wanted to do with my life… grand plans, things I was passionate about and over the last couple of years I guess I’ve lost sight of some of these and to an extent I lost hope that they would happen for me (I’ve always kept my faith… it’s what’s got me through the good, the bad and the indifferent seasons of life), but life happened – work got in the way, relationships have been difficult, health hasn’t been great so my dreams got put on the backburner.

Anyways, I’ve been listening to some random playlists on Spotify this week, reliving my younger years and heard a Paramore song that I haven’t heard before.

This song resonates with where I’ve been at for the last wee while… I’ve been thinking lately (particularly over the last few months) about hope and dreams.

Hope and faith are the two things that have anchored me throughout my life… but when it comes to dreams… how often have they been my priority? Probably not often enough is the answer.

I love the line “They say that dreaming is free, but I wouldn’t care what it cost me.”

A dream is free… BUT… putting the vision into practice to make it a reality is costly… whether it’s time, finances or other resources. Dreams cost! All too often we’re not prepared for the cost of pursuing our dreams.

In her book, Girl Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis talks about dreams and reminds us of two things:

It’s vital to have people around you to support you as you pursue your dreams, but regardless of how supportive your family, friends and colleagues etc. are it’s your dream, not theirs! Whether it’s a passion project, a desire to travel or to launch a business, nobody will ever care more about your dream than you.

Your dreams are worth fighting for… but you have to be prepared to do it… nobody’s going to fight for your dream for you.

Are there dreams that you have let go of, lost sight of or maybe even let die? Maybe, just maybe it’s time… Dare to dream… you’re made for more!

Anyways, if you’re feeling brave and would like to share any of your dreams, I would love to hear them, feel free to comment below or contact me.

If you want to read my previous post about the book Girl Wash Your Face, you can find it here.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Gill x

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