We can have long lists of dreams and maybe even a bucket list. What I have found to be true is that me JUST dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing. If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION.

There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I was going to make something a reality but I jumped in anyway.  When I know something is important to me, my family or my creativity I get really creative to make it a reality. That “dream” doesn’t need to stay that way.  What fun is an incredible “dream” if you don’t walk it out and make a plan of action?  That dream can become a reality through planning, sacrifice and just jumping in. That whole just jumping in is really the first step of action that leads to more action and then something wonderful being accomplished.

I remember the first time I went to France and I remember originally showing my husband the retreat and just KNOWING this trip was for me. My pretty amazing husband took one look at my face and said, “I don’t know how we will do this but we will figure it out”. Guess what?  We did! We sacrificed, got really creative with our finances (meaning I figured out things to sell) and made a plan. That trip meant so much to me because I worked for it!

Going to France that first time and spending time in the south of France and then Paris changed my creative heart.  It truly changed it.  What if I hadn’t asked?  What if my husband wouldn’t have said that we would figure it out?  That first trip has opened up more trips, clarity, life and business vision and relationships.  It also showed me what could happen when I took a dream and figured out how to make it a reality.

Did you know that I found one of my closest friends on that first trip to France over fourteen years ago? One of my closest friends that also happens to be a lover of travel, family, art and the Lord!  I now believe with my whole heart that I was supposed to go on that trip to meet HER. The Lord knew I would need an artist/heart friend that I could grow, travel and create with.  I don’t know what you have been “dreaming” about lately and the things you want to do in your life but I would just encourage you to take steps of action this year.  Don’t wait.  What is waiting for YOU if you step out and figure it out as you go?

Maybe you don’t need to travel across the ocean and maybe you just need to open your home to people in your neighborhood, step out your front door and move your body, go to a museum or find those women just like you in your community. I just want you to not regret not doing things that are a part of your heart because the timing isn’t perfect.  It never will be. We make it perfect by our actions and sacrifice.