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How do you feel about dreaming big? Are you comfortable thinking big and reaching for what you really want? These things have been on my mind since Monday when I met with my blogging friend Monica Lee – in real life (gasp!) – and as usual, we got to talking about our plans for our businesses and hopes and ideas for the future. It seems to me that for many women, it’s all too easy for us to settle for a smaller dream than we might really hold dear in our hearts. Is this ringing true for you – or remind you of friends you know? If so, read on and let’s discuss…plus there is some fantastic encouraging art below, so you won’t want to miss that, either! ;)

D R E A M . B I G G E R .

Often what seems to happen is that the initial dream gets downgraded and analyzed to death and eventually we get so discouraged it just seems like, oh well, what’s the point? And we go on with our daily lives and day jobs and let the dream settle back into the background of our lives. I for one am hoping to buck this trend and continue to steadily follow my passions and explore these little threads of creative ideas that can be so very fragile in the beginning. I think we can all use a little extra encouragement from one another – and from ourselves – in this area, whether you are dreaming of leaving your current career for a creative field, or simple wishing you could find a bit of time to pick up all of those half-finished craft projects laying around your apartment. Right?

One thing that has worked for me to keep my spirits high when doubt creeps in is to repeat a mantra, or basically, say something true and encouraging to myself, something that reminds me why I am doing this. And I love the idea of keeping encouraging words visible, around the house – which is why I was super excited to see Jess LC’s new graphic prints, shown in this post.”Dream Bigger” to me means not just follow your dreams, but also to ask for what you are worth. This part is something I am still working on. After attending ALT earlier this year, Monica shared something one of the presenters said that really stuck with me: for women entrepreneurs (especially) you know you are asking for a fair price for your product or service if it makes your stomach hurt a little bit. That really got my attention. I think as women, we are raised to be “nice”, which is great, don’t get me wrong!! But unfortunately, that can also at times mean undervaluing ourselves to the point where a business that might have been profitable and successful, fails, because we didn’t ask for what we were worth. A lot to think about, right?

B E . P R E S E N T .

Another of Jess’s new prints that caught me eye is “Be Present”. As the mother of a two year old, I am constantly being reminded by my little sidekick to be present and pay attention to what is going on right in front of me. Kids are kind of like little Zen Masters in that way, ha! But there are still plenty of times I find myself trying to do multiple things at once, and none of them very well – one hand typing, the other handing out crayons and googly eyes – and at times like this, when I am driving myself crazy yet satisfying no one, it pays to remember the power of unitasking. I kind of feel like I should have this tattooed on my arm! ;)

B E . B R A V E .

Finally, two words of wisdom I think we can all use: be brave! It’s not easy trying to read that inner compass, and staying tuned to it over the long haul is even harder. It takes guts and courage and yes, bravery, to make a leap into the unknown, to take a risk. But so worth it for something you love. I know I’ve rambled on and on in this post, so THANK YOU to those of you who’ve made it to the end! Ha!

I’m really curious to know what you make of all this – have any of these topics been on your mind lately as well? Are you in the midst of hatching any new plans (I am, but I’m not quite ready to share yet!)? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments – or, if you just want to leave a few words of encouragement yourself, I’m sure we could all use it! Oh, and don’t forget – you can find all of Jess’s new prints in her shop, right here! xoxo Laura

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  • Lou July 26, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I’m in the same boat, well, the same pond! I’m currently doing a job that isn’t remotely creative, but I still dream of either having a more creative role, or eventually running my own business. I find myself getting bogged down in all the really tiny details, when really I should be coming up with product ideas in the first place.

    Here’s to us all being brave and making steps towards our goals :)

    Lou xx
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    • Lolalina July 26, 2012, 1:23 pm

      Thanks so much for chiming in, Lou! xo Laura

  • Tania July 26, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Ahhh the incredible power of words. I follow be present each day but I could use a bit more bravery and bigger dreams :-)
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  • Anne July 26, 2012, 6:51 pm

    I’m with Tania — be brave and dream bigger are areas in my life that need work. For 2-3 years I’ve thought of a project I want to do, but keep thinking of things that might go wrong instead of what might go right. Thank you for discussing these! You reminded me that many years ago, when I was in a similar situation, I meditated on the tarot card with a small brave happy girl walking with a lion or tiger, her hand on the animal’s back. I ended up going to law school. At first you wouldn’t think that is a very creative field, but as a public defender there are lots of ways to be legally creative. I’m going to try to be brave and dream big again.

  • Ashleen Moreen July 27, 2012, 1:43 am

    What an inspiring words you have there.
    Well, it is really important to keep our spirits high for us to keep going and reach what we wanted to have.
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  • victoria winters July 27, 2012, 11:29 am

    What a wonderful, most timely post! I am in the midst of a brave (and scary!) career change after deciding I cannot settle for admin work anymore. I recently wrote about my Leap! here.


    Thanks for the great post (and art!). :)

  • Lolalina July 29, 2012, 7:59 am

    Tania, Anne, Ashleen, & Victoria – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences here! It feels good knowing others go through the same thing, doesn’t it? xo Laura

  • Inge March 11, 2013, 8:00 am

    This post was exactly what I needed to read today… Thanks for these great words!! I have enough BIG dreams, but I still need to work on my Be Present & Be Brave. I also have one 2-year-old boy running around and multitasking is what I do instead of unitasking…
    But isn’t it true what they say? If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough. I guess I have really big dreams but I have to find courage and take a risk to jump into the deep. Like you and maybe many among other women out there I really want to start running my own business. Write away and live a more creative life than I’m doing right now.
    I already took one big step which was working one day less (and feel great about that) – but I’m still stuck in this boring day job I don’t like. I’m already thankful for the Blog Boss e-course and for finding out about your blog here Laura! As long as we all believe in ourselves and that we really want to get there, we eventually will.
    Much inspirational hugs,
    Inge x
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