When I first started writing a blog and named it My Giant Strawberry one of the things that appealed to me about the name was how it spoke of my big dreams. Back then I had a lot of dreams, but I never imagined I would begin painting or that painting would become a main focus for me.
Since then a lot has happened and I’ve realized so many of my dreams.
I’m still dreaming.
I think it’s important to continue dreaming no matter where we are on our journeys and no matter how often we fail to reach those dreams.
Dreaming big inspires us to keep going. It helps us to stretch and to grow. There IS always a higher mountain.
I have failed so many times.
That jar you see in the photo above? It’s my Dream Jar. I made it early last year (and wrote about it in the Joy Letter here and on my old blog here). On little slips of paper I wrote dreams, intentions and invitations for the year. The inspiration came bouncing around the internet to me. The idea is to write your dreams down and meditate on them daily. Keeping them in the forefront of your consciousness helps to focus your attention and bring about action (and success).
Although I don’t meditate on my dreams daily, I do try to come back to them regularly. Quite a few of my dreams have come true this year. I did, to a degree, participate in Me Made May and my illustration was included in the Flow Calendar.
But plenty of the other dreams in my jar haven’t come true (yet).
As I shared on my old blog, I still haven’t won a Spoonflower contest (and in truth, my rankings in the contests I’ve entered have been less and less successful than the very first contest I participated in), but I’m not letting go of that dream. I hope someday the time will be right.
It’s ok to put our dreams aside for when we’re ready for them, or maybe for when they’re ready for us.
It’s also ok to let go of dreams if they aren’t the right fit. I’ve had a few of those this year and that’s ok. It’s a learning process. It’s part of finding our way and creating the path that’s right for us, not the path we think we should be taking.
Sometimes I feel down about my failures. It’s natural. Rejection is hard. Failure is hard. But I’ve found that when I’m feeling down about one failure another success comes along to reassure me that I’m headed in the right direction.
Yesterday when I was working at the library the new issue of Cottages and Bungalows arrived.
I opened it up and saw that one of my BIG dreams had come true.
That’s my 2019 calendar in there pictured beside Vera Bradley, PaperSource and Rifle Paper Company! (One of the slips in my jar says: “Have my art featured in a major magazine”).
I’m still pinching myself.
As we head towards the end of the year I always like to look back and celebrate my successes. When I’m busy with the day to day it’s easy to forget just how much I’ve accomplished. Late in December I often share a year in review on my blog.
For me looking back is fun and it’s also helpful for planning the coming year, too.
I hope that you are dreaming big. I hope that you are celebrating your successes, both small and large. (I’d love to celebrate with you, so if you feel moved to share I hope you will).
Thank YOU for being here reading my words, encouraging me and cheering me on. You help me to keep dreaming.