Well, it’s day 3 of my tour through my 2012 resolutions, plans and dreams. If you’ve been with me this week, you have read my resolutions for the new year. You know what I’m planning to accomplish, and today we are going to take it outside the box, or the “jar” so to speak and talk about my dreams.
It’s a scary thing, even for me, to put my dreams out in the universe. What if people laugh at me, or think I’m stupid, or silly? What if I jinx myself by telling you all what extraordinary wishes are in my head and my heart? Ok…well, so what?!
What do I really have to lose? If I don’t put them out there, they may never happen. If I am not willing to take that lid off the jar that holds my deepest desires, how in the world will the people that can help me achieve them ever even know about them?
What do I have to lose by being vulnerable and authentic and open? Our fears so often hold us back from really going after the things that we dream about, that we visualize, that we yearn for. Many people would rather be pleasantly surprised if something accidentally happens to them in life, as opposed to taking a chance on being disappointed if they dream of something, go after it, and fail.
I, on the other hand, prefer to leave nothing to chance. I would never want to come to the end of my life and wish I had dreamed bigger and tried harder to make those dreams come true. I prefer to dream big, plan big, take big risks, work really hard, and celebrate awesome results!
And who cares if people think you are silly or stupid or worse? Apparently Coco Chanel didn’t let what other people thought of her hold her back. So why would we? I say “if Coco can do it, I can too!”
Will I have failures? Sure! Will many of the things I dream, not come to pass? Of Course! But the more I dream and the bigger I dream the more of those dreams I will realize. But you gotta dream big. I mean REALLY B-I-G! If you dream about being a billionaire and you only make $100 Million, I don’t think you are going to be too disappointed, do you?
So here they are in no particular order, 20 of my Big, Giant, Hairy, Scary, Dreams…with one extra thrown in for fun.
1. Write a Book…well actually, several.
2. Have an Apartment in New York City
3. Learn to Play the Piano
4. Travel Internationally every year and take my daughter with me
5. Be published in the other “biggies” that I haven’t made it into yet…Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda.
6. Have my own furniture line
7. Have a Summer Home–the Hamptons, a Farm with chickens, or the Beach…I can’t decide. Maybe I’d like all three!
8. Have my own TV Show
9. Visit Maison & Objet in Paris
10. Have a Garden…a fabulous one both flower and vegetable.
11. Build a New House in Arkansas
12. Do the Kipps Bay Showhouse
13. Rent a Villa in Italy for a Month, followed by a Month in a Paris Apartment for the Summer with my mama, hubby, and baby girl in tow.
14. Have my own Radio Show
15. Have a house keeper 5 days a week
16. Make enough money to make significant charity donations every year of $25,000 or more (hopefully much more) to help less fortunate people have a more beautiful life.
17. Learn to Speed read so I can get through all the business books on my list
18. Spend 2 weeks in Maui every Winter and a week at Blackberry Farms every Fall.
19. Have my own column in a National Magazine or Newspaper
20. Take Culinary courses to learn to be a great Chef
21. Buy a Birkin Bag in a FABULOUS color!
So there they are. Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? I am ready to see what the Universe does with all this material. I’d be happy with even one of these “Biggies” this year and the good news is…I’m feeling lucky! Come on 2012, mama needs a new pair of shoes (or a house in the Hamptons, or an orange Birkin Bag).
So what are your big dreams this year? Come on, tell us! Put them out here in the Universe and see what happens. What have you got to lose?
Try out this neat course over at Mondo Beyondo starting next Monday if you need some help discovering them. I’ve done their Dream Lab before and believe me, it’s super inspirational.
Happy Dreaming! xo, Tobi