Well I made it, the first day of ‘back to work’ is behind me. I always struggle with Monday mornings, but the first Monday after the summer vacation is always the hardest. I barely made it on time though, that early morning routine was definitely not routine anymore…
Today I want to show you a little something something I made for the guest room.
I wanted to make a sign to hang over the window. But it took me months to come up with an idea of what to put on that sign.
I wanted a sign that spoke to both my guests and myself. This is what I decided on:
I like the double meaning of dream. It is a reference to sleeping well with happy dreams, but also to have hope and expectations for life.
I need a little reminder sometimes to take a dare. To gamble, take a shot, try something with an uncertain outcome. I am not a risk taker by nature, I like to play things safe. Looking back I can see many moments in my life where I let the fear of an unknown outcome, the worry about what others would think, or the fear of failure hold me back from trying what I want. I didn’t dare….
And of course those moments are the ones I regret the most. Not the mistakes I made, the things that went wrong or the roads taken leading to nowhere, those things usually hold at least one memory, one lesson I cherish. But the missed opportunities, the chances I didn’t take, the memory of uncertainty and fear, those are the things I regret and wish I could take back.
So yes, I need the encouragement to DARE something, anything...
And I need to dare to DREAM. That same fear of failure and ridicule prevents me from dreaming, dreaming big. Whenever I catch myself dreaming up something wonderful: an ambitious plan or an exciting venture, my inner critic usually springs right into action. Telling me to ‘keep it real’ , ‘ that big plans usually don’t come true’ , and that I am crazy enough as it is (in Dutch we have an expression that says, ‘ act normal because that is crazy enough’).
Sometimes I find a way to (temporarily) shut up my inner critic, and I cook up an exciting plan, and then when the going gets tough I chicken out (and now you know why my Etsy shop is still not open). After years of struggling with this I have finally learned how to kick myself into action and start something new, but I am still struggling with keeping the anxiety at bay long enough to see something through.
I don’t know if it is the fear of failure or the fear of success that is holding me back, but I do know I need to constantly remind myself it is ok to have dreams and go after them.
So that’s why I made this sign, as a constant reminder to myself and to my guests that it is ok to take a chance and dream big!
Do you dream big? And do you let fear get in your way of chasing those dreams? Or have you found a way to constantly encourage yourself to strive for the big thing and work at it?
Let me know, I’d love to hear what you think about this….