Monday, February 18, 2013

On Living YOUR Dream!

Selling your stuff and moving to Costa Rica sounds like a dream to some of you!

But for most of you,
the idea of living out of a suitcase, without a car, sweating all day and never having Jamba Juice doesn't sound too enticing :)

I am the first one to tell you that doing what we are doing has both ups and downs.   Luckily for us, the ups outweigh the downs, and the sheer curiosity and magic of living abroad inspires us to continue in this way.  We are living our dream.

My point in writing this is to say that while we are living OUR dream, I encourage you to live YOUR dream!  This blog is a travelogue of our adventures and misadventures.  Here, I detail what it is like to live the life of our dreams.   I hope that when you read my blog you feel inspired to go after YOUR goal, to live your own dream!

What is the "life of your dreams?"  Maybe you are already living it and you don't even realize it?!?  Maybe you are not living it yet, and there are some steps you can take today to get you a little bit closer?

My friend Dresden has a new house with a gorgeous kitchen, and a craft room (jealous!!) in the state she loves with the people she loves!  What a dream!

My friend Chelsea is renovating a space to run her business Chelsea's Cool Cakes where she builds custom cakes in Stavanger, Norway.  What a dream!

My friend Kelsey who graduated in Exercise Science is now teaching yoga and spending her time promoting healthy living.  What a dream!

My friend Amy has taught herself to sew and now has a booming blog Naptime Crafters with thousands of followers who love her tutorials and advice!

My friend Ali worked really hard to become a nurse, and now she works in the pediatric unit of the hospital and is married to her high school sweetheart.  What a dream!

These friends have given me the courage to live my dream!  I don't necessarily want to open a cake shop or become a nurse.. that is not my dream.  But I feel motivated to be intentional about my life as I watch others live the life of their dreams!

So now is the question: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?

I'm curious, let me know!


Chelsea said...

Aww you are so sweet Stef! Thanks for the shout out :)

I've told this to you before, but I am SO super impressed with you guys for making your dreams happen. Just in the past year, I've really come to realize that the only thing holding us back from our dreams is ourselves and our excuses. The people that are "living the dream" are the people who (like you guys) throw out all the excuses, accept the ups and downs, and just go for it!

The fact that you guys did just that is so inspiring and helps keep me going on my own personal down-days! I love it and my hope is that other people reading your blog will be be inspired enough to make their own leaps of faith toward their dreams as well! You guys rock :)

Julie T said...

Well put! Your dream is not my dream, tis true, but I'd have to say that I am pretty much living my dream and loving it! (even tho I wish I saw my husband more!) I enjoyed reading about some of your friends and I'm sure many more in your generation are generally trying to be "more intentional" about their lives than we ever were! And since when were we supposed to be able to hide from the "downs" part of the equation?

The Marshall's said...

I loved this post and I love that you guys decided to take the plunge and live your dream. So I'll share mine:
1. Go to South Africa and visit my hubby's mission-happening this August

2. Learn to sew- found someone to teach me, saving money for a sewing machine

3. Go into wedding planning. This one I'm still figuring out, but it will happen one day

Dresden said...

Well aren't you so sweet to mention me! I love that you guys are living YOUR dream, it looks amazing!
I think about you guys all the time, thanks for always updating your blog!!

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

Thanks for the shout out :) I don't feel like we're quite to our dream yet but we are well on our way and loving the journey! All I need is a few more kids, a wrap around porch and a white picket fence :)