This Year, Make a Dream Come True

hand-1112469_640We have a habit of focusing on resolutions every New Year – focusing on fixing things we think we’ve been doing wrong or trying to be better than we have in the past. If you’re like most of us, these resolves shortly get left behind as quickly as the confetti and noisemakers that heralded midnight. Well, this year, how about doing something different.

How about making one of your dreams come true.

It could be a small dream, like learning how to paint with watercolors, or quilt like your grandmother did. Or maybe quite a big dream, like finishing college or buying a home of your own.

It could be taking a trip – back home to the place where you grew up or to Europe or Japan, or Disneyland or New York City. Maybe you’ve always wanted to take ballet lessons or learn another language. Maybe you’ve been afraid to try something new. Maybe you think you’re too old, too busy, not smart enough, not something enough. But, just maybe, you can do it. Maybe this is the year you can at least make a start. Here are some steps to begin.

Give yourself permission. It’s easy to support other people’s dreams, but sometimes it’s not as easy to support your own. Other things get in the way. Spouses, children, parents and other life responsibilities may make you think your dream is silly or not important. But if this dream has been around for a while, it is important. Let yourself strive for it.

Write your dream down. Studies have shown that people who write down their goals are much more likely to reach them. Just the act of putting your dream on paper makes it more real. Put it somewhere where you can see it every day.

Figure out what you need to do to start reaching your dream. You don’t have to plan the entire path out. But maybe you could lay out the first two or three steps. Once you have those completed, then take the time to figure out the next step, and the next. Before you know it, you will be on your way.

And there’s nothing better than heading down the path to a dream come true. Here’s wishing you a New Year filled with everything you dream of now and in the future.


Time to Make a Dream

hand-1112469_640Many people make resolutions at the New Year. And almost as many people break them. Instead, this year, how about deciding to make a new start on something? How about making one of your dreams come true?

It could be as simple as a childhood wish to visit New York City, or take up painting. Or as complex as going back to school to finish that degree. Whatever it is, it’s all about giving yourself permission to give yourself a gift – a positive thing rather than the self-punishing approach that resolutions seem to have.

Here are some steps to take to help make that dream start to come true in 2016.

Admit it: Does it seem silly? Even Childish? Do you think it’s unrealistic? Are you afraid people might laugh at you? So you’ve always wanted to write a novel, go to Disneyland, see a Broadway play on Broadway, sing in a choir. Whatever your dream, acknowledge it to yourself. If you don’t want to share it with others, don’t.

Write it down: Somehow the act of putting it on paper makes it more real. Study after study has shown that people who write their goals down are much more likely to reach them.

Plan the first steps: You don’t have to create a complete blueprint all the way from where you are to the end result, but figure out the first couple of things you can do to take you closer to your dream. Maybe it’s as simple as making a phone call, looking up something on the Internet or even figuring out a budget. But nothing’s going to happen without those first steps, and something can happen once you make them.

So in 2016, don’t make a resolution. Instead, make one of your dreams come true.


Design around your Dreams

7889516_SFor most people, moving into a new home is a dream come true. You can extend that feeling by decorating your new home with your dreams in mind.

Sometimes linking to your dreams may mean taking chances with some vivid colors. Do you secretly wish for a gypsy life? How about using rich reds, yellows, oranges and purples to create the impression of a caravan in a bedroom or bathroom?

Dream about traveling? Visit import stores to discover treasures from other parts of the world, and make your family room a reflection of your aspirations. Maps, photos from different countries, and any souvenirs can create a space designed for you to make travel plans.

If you want to set up a more positive attitude, consider adding meaningful quotes and phrases to your décor. This could be a small framed message next to your bathroom mirror reminding you to think positive when you start every day, or a special quote painted or stenciled on a wall. Check the Internet for sources of familiar phrases, or order a custom sentence that has special meaning for you. You can specify type style, size and even color for a minimal price.

As you plan your space, be sure to leave room for dreaming. This may mean extra bookshelves to hold new books or tools, a great space for relaxing and visualizing where you want to go in the future, or lovely things and words to remind you of those things you most value about yourself and your life.

Decorating is about more than making a space look nice. It’s about making the space ready for who you are today and who you dream of being in the future.