Rekindling Our Childhood Dreams

Why do we stop dreaming? At what point do we decide we can't do it and our internal monologue begins clouding our minds with negativity...   you'll never be that great...  that's not your talent...  you're not gifted enough, pretty enough, smart enough? 

How can we rekindle those childhood dreams and make them our reality?

When I embarked upon this idea of a blog, I started out by sharing a small part of my "Life List", the list of things I hope to accomplish within my lifetime. We all know there's very little time to do anything else on top of just being a mom, but recently I've been waking up about an hour before my kids so I can dedicate a little time to developing my mind and exploring new endeavors.  There are still so many things I want to try out and learn. We have all been blessed with certain gifts, but how can we know what they are unless we're entertaining fresh ideas, and perusing new talents. When I look at this list I think, someday I'm going to get to do these things... *sigh*... but you know what? That someday is going to be NOW! No more making excuses about how there's "no time" for it.  All it takes is a little evaluation.  How many times a day am I doing things that are simply a waste?     TONZ!!!        I could watch less of my favorite shows, spend less time online, and sacrifice one hour of my sleep in order for me to make these things happen.  I don't want to look back in ten years and regret I didn't do more with my time.  Life will always be busy no matter what stage of life we're in.  I can't remember a time in my life when it WASN'T busy, even before kids.  

I've decided to pick one thing from my life list and focus on it for 1-6 months, depending on how much I'm enjoying it and so forth. I can always come back to it too. This way it will keep things interesting and exciting for me, without feeling overwhelmed with the many other things I'd like to do.  I love the quote, "it's not the destination, it's the journey that matters". We don't need to stress over getting something finished, or perfecting the talent, just enjoy the journey. 

I've always wanted to write and sing songs,  I shared a little about this along with my American Idol Moment video, but now it's time to take action.  My goal is not to become famous or to write a hit song, my motivation behind it rely's solely upon the idea of learning what all goes into creating a song. I'm always trying to get better at writing and expressing myself, not because I want to write a New York Times best seller, rather to relate to people, to be an example to my children, to inspire others to reach for their dreams. I don't need to become the next Oprah to feel like I'm making a difference. If I help just one person in my lifetime, that will be enough for me.

I recently purchased this new software that is an incredible tool for anyone who wants to enhance their creative writing skills or even write a song of your own.  I was just googling about song writing and came across this video. Once I watched it, I was instantly sold. Such an incredible resource for the aspiring writer. It's called Master Writer and they offer a free 10 day trial. Just simply go to their site and download the free trial, it's that easy. I've already been playing around on it and absolutely LOVE how helpful it is. Just watch this video and you'll see what I mean.

It's time to take action and what better time to start than NOW. Lets keep those dreams alive and start living them.
What are your dreams? 


Cynthia Gratzer said...

Love it Crystal! Thanks : ) With the time change I am going to try to add this hour to my day to. I'm awake already so I should get moving!

Kristina P. said...

I think I need to really sit down, and think about what my dreams are.

Good luck with the music!

ambmae said...

I don't know that I forgot my dreams, it's more that they changed on me. My dream to be an actress on broadway diminished as I realized that I didn't want that lifestyle, is it so bad to have dreams change? I don't know. Hopefully I can figure it out before my little one arrives in May...or maybe not.

MsBabyPlan said...

My dream which I want to turn into a goal is become a published author. I need to focus on the genre.

You are inspiring me so much and I am sure you are an inspiration to other people.

Thanks for showing the Master Writer's programme. I hope your song writing comes out well :).

A Lil Story said...

Great post! I am always beating myself up about not doing enough of the just "hobby" type of things- like playing the guitar- my hubby got me one for my 20th birthday and I still only know a few chords. My goal is to actually play a whole song, maybe one day =)

ModernMom said...

What a great important to keep our own dreams alive!!

blueviolet said...

I need to find a dream, because mine was always to be a mom and I've checked that one off twice! :)

Chaplain Donna said...
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Chaplain Donna said...

I am pursuing my dreams right now! I have a series on my website called "Working on Monday." It is about living your destiny one step at a time. It is a powerful series, inspired by my job termination. You should check it out. The latest post in the series went up today. "Working on Monday" Part 4- Raw Determination! This series will not disappoint!

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the motivation Crystal.

I'll check out the links...

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That one girl said...

I LOVE that you are doing this!

I always wanted to win Gold for the US team in the Olympics kinda like when what's her name broke her leg on vault for the US win... think they will let me in next time? I will be SO mad if they don't!

Carrie said...

OK I am motivated. I always wanted to win a Grammy for singing! Maybe you could write my award winning song! ;)

Ash said...

love the first pic of the pretty ballerina!

keep up with your dreams and hope you achieve each and every one of them. :)

~ash's mum

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

This might sound weird but sometimes I feel like we're thinking on the same wave lengths! I have been going through this also and decided to get up earlier to...make time for music! lol...I used to write a lot of songs, but now I maybe open the piano once a month at best...Thanks for sharing that program. My parents got me a program to transcribe music from the piano to the computer, but I have never found/made the time to really figure it out because it takes a lot of trouble shooting.

I love what you do with your blog and you are making a difference! We all need the kinds of tips and reminders and ideas you are always constantly sharing! LOVE IT! Keep it up, you're full of inspiration :)

JamericanSpice said...

You have a beautiful blog. I'm glad you came and left a trail I could follow.

This is a very good topic and written so well. I hope you do get your song written and sung.

Right now one of my dream is to learn to ride my bicycle and that's what I'm doing. a 29yr old learning to ride :) I just taught my son to ride in less than 3wks so it's looking good :)

Next I'll have to think about school some more.

We do have to start somewhere...and why not now.

I'm also your newest follower.

Have a great day! :)

carma said...

so speak so much truth in this post!! I can relate. Most of my life I have given up on things because I knew there is no way I'd ever be GREAT at them, instead of enjoying the journey.

Can't wait to see/hear what you write.

Rene W. said...

Amazing find Crystal! I love the ryme feature!

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