So, today I had to share an article written by one of my favorite authors of all time, Kathi Lipp. I had the chance to meet Kathi when I went to a book marketing workshop in California last summer. From there, I read all of her books– The Husband Project, The Marriage Project and her newest release, The Me Project— and fell in love with each of them. Every time I read something that she’s written, I find myself thinking “she gets me”– it’s like she has a window into my mind and knows what I’m thinking and feeling and how to coach me through it. I think of her as my long-lost bff, mentor mom and author mentor.
Anyway, in honor of her new book (which is FABULOUS, by the way), here’s her tips on how to kick-start your dreams:
Is there a dream that God has given you, but you are waiting until the kids are grown and you have money in the bank before you get started? You may not be able to enroll in a month long pastry making class or take a week off of work to get started on your novel, but today you can take three little baby steps to making your dream a day-to-day reality.
1. Go Public with It
It’s a little scary to tell the world what you want to do when you grow up—but this is one little step could get you closer to living your dream than almost any other. Plus—it takes very little time and you don’t have to raid your kid’s college fund to make it happen. When you gather up all your courage and tell your best friend, “I want to learn how to paint,” suddenly she remembers an old art book she has laying around she would love to give you, or her friend from church who teaches art classes. The people you know and love want to be a resource. Give them the privilege of being a part of making your dream happen.
2. Join an Online Group
This is one of the simplest—and cheapest—ways to start exploring your passion. Find out who else is talking about restoring antiques and listen to their conversation. Start by Googling your interest along with the term “online groups.” You will be amazed with the number of people who want to talk about the proper way to care for 1950’s lunchboxes as much as you do.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Pray
I remember the first time I put an offer in on a house—I wanted it more than I had wanted almost anything else in my life. While I knew that I had dozens of other people praying on my behalf, I was too scared to pray. I didn’t want God to tell me no. I was afraid to pray until my co-worker Kim asked me (in a loving, kind way), why I didn’t believe that God wanted His best for me. Don’t be afraid to pray—as with anything amazing in my life, the path is never what I expected, but it has always been obvious that God’s hand has been on it the whole way.
P.S. Kathi is giving away a HUGE Starbuck’s Coffee Gift Basket loaded with cocoas and coffees and teas and candies and other good stuff to anyone who comments on a blog on her blog tour… so press reply and tell me about YOUR DREAM (see, it’s good to get it out there) and you’ll be entered to win!