Dare to dream.
ALL of your dream. Not part of it. Not the bits of it you think are attainable. Not the parts that seem more likely.
ALL. OF. IT.
The wildest, most fulfilling, craziest, happiest, sexiest, most beautiful life you can imagine from where you are right now.
If you're going to do this - go on this journey, try for a life outside of the norm and create something you love - you HAVE to start from a vision that's EVERYTHING you want.
You can't limit it. You can't say, "I'll dream, but only to this extent."
You have to allow yourself all of it. It's the only thing that will pull you with enough force to go after it day after day after day after day.
Dreaming big often gets a bad rap. People say it's wrong to get people thinking they need to dream bigger and bigger and bigger. But here's what I notice. When I make my dreams smaller or less than what I really, really want to create, my motivation dwindles and my energy contracts. I get bored. But when I dream big...when I go ALL the way in...well then I get a spark of energy and this feeling of expansion inside me and this feeling of YES, this is possible. I CAN do this. And I feel creative and powerful.
So if you want to dream big, don't let people tell you that's a bad thing.
And then you have to believe, trust, have faith, KNOW that it's possible. Because it is. I'm not trying to fill you with mindless inspiration. I'm not. Not trying to puff you up into a state of believing in something ridiculous.
This possibility is something I know and feel with every inch of my body and soul and heart and everything I have.
August 2012 I walked out of my job for the last time. NO clue what I wanted. I started a blog, amongst other things. I wrote. My friends followed and supported me. Many of them are still here following and supporting me. Friends I hadn't been in touch with for years got back in touch.
I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I wrote because I loved it. From buses, from beaches, from farms, from cafes, from train stations. I've been BROKE on more than one occasion. I've cried a BILLION times. I've crumbled over and over.
And every time I've gotten back up. Because those who really know me know this:
I'm one of the most sensitive people you'll ever meet. On the outside, I sometimes look weak. But if you think I'm weak you've mistaken who I am BIG TIME. Because I'm the person who will NEVER give up. Never stop believing. Never stop going. And when everyone else would say no more, I'll prepare myself for the next round.
Day by day, little by little, hard slog by hard slog I've learned everything I've learned and got to where I am now. So far to go. There always will be.
But more and more and more I'm pulled by the life I get to live and the life I will live.
DREAM. For goodness sake, DREAM. And do not, ever, let anyone else tell you to make that dream smaller or more realistic or whatever.
You can be whoever you want.
You can create whatever life you want.
You just need to dream it without limitations and keep going after it day in and day out and keep getting up when everyone else would stay down.
Love and courage,