Enough Dreaming, Start Doing

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”

~J.M. Power

I am a dreamer. I have big ideas. Lots of them.

The world inside my head is happy, fulfilling, one where I’m creative, daring….and successful.

What I lack, however, is follow through. And perhaps a bit of confidence. Fear of failure is a horrible, powerful thing.

When I read this quote – one of today’s Writers Workshop prompts – it hit a nerve. An uncomfortable one. How many projects have I undertaken, with big plans, only to have them fall by the wayside? One only needs to look in the two plastic storage bins in my guest room – one filled with pretty skeins of tulle, one with ribbons, silk flowers,  business cards and tags, white shopping bags, a bedazzler (doesn’t everyone have one?)  to see where my tutu making ended.

Not that I wasn’t good at it. I made quite a number of them. For friends. As gifts. Etsy didn’t work out quite how I had hoped. And…then we moved. Here.  Where the only tulle supplier I have found is the same one I used in the States. Thus ends my tutu creations.

I keep hoping my cousins all have girls, so that I can use up some of my supply as gifts.

In my college days, I wanted to become an artist. Illustrate children’s story books. Be a graphic designer. But a well-meaning Dean of Fine Arts (one who clearly had no vision) told my mother and I that there was no future to be had in the graphic design program. It was frivolous. This was in the early days of computer animation.

Yes. It was so obvious that there would be much better career options in fine arts than graphic design.

Practicality and fear won out. I didn’t join the graphic design program. Finance is so much more practical. (Unless you graduate a few years after Black Monday (1987).)

To be honest, this blog is the one project that I’ve managed to maintain with any degree of effort and regularity, and even it has its ups and downs. But with this, I believe in me and my abilities, and they have improved (hopefully) since I began it almost 3 years ago.

Dreaming is great. Dreaming is important. But at some point in time, it has to stop being a dream, and steps taken to bring that dream into reality.

And that, my friends, is the truly scary bit.

Mama's Losin' It

This post was inspired by one of the weekly prompts in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Head on over to check out her blog (hilarious) and a bunch of linkys to other blog posts inspired by these prompts.


  1. I know how you feel. I have ideas and I talk a lot about so many things I want to do. What I lack is motivation and follow through. You’re not alone.

    I love the blog. Visiting via Mama Kat’s. Nice to have found you!
    Will be back to visit again:)

  2. Just visiting from Mama Kat’s!

    Your post is great! It takes a lot of motivation to accomplish a goal, but follow-through is the most important thing. Sadly, I’m not so good with that! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.

    Great blog!

  3. I’m full of ideas and plans, that never seem to get off the ground. Right now, I’m trying to keep it simple – pay down debt, get healthy, move towards the plan of having a baby next year or the year after… This quote struck a chord with me too, but I wasn’t ready to write about it – so I chose an easier prompt.
    Stopped in from Mama Kat’s.

  4. Wow… can I relate?! Great job. I love that quote. Visiting from Mama Kat’s. 🙂

  5. Visiting from Mama Kat’s!

    I know exactly how you feel! I too lack the follow through to make anyone’s dreams a a reality. Including my husband’s. He asks me to look into something for him and I don’t for one reason or another and then we’re standing by the wayside watching someone else live his dream. It sucks, I know! And then I have to hear it from him… No fun!

    But the blog is a good stepping stone. Maybe you can apply that drive you have to keep it going to do something else. Best of luck to you!

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