Jumpstarting Your Dreams

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:

Three Super-Simple Kick Starts to Living Your Dreams
– in the next 15 minutes

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.

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project, serves as food writer for Nickelodeon, and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four teenagers and young adults. For more information visit her website: www.kathilipp.com

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!


  1. I am intrigued and interesting in her books now! I have had the same fears shared here when it comes to prayer. I just get scared if I ask God for something that He is going to reply with a "no". So I neglect to ask at all. Yet His will is always better than my own and looking back on my life that is so clear! So it doesn't make sense… I am definitely interested in reading more from this author…

  2. I love Kathi. And you too, Erin! I don't really have a clear picture of my dream, but I know that it involves: 1.) getting my next book published 2.) getting out of debt 3.) traveling to Cambodia with my family 4.) then traveling the whole globe 5.) and probably paying our way by writing/speaking 6.) my husband having the freedom to quit his job and pursue his Digital Disciples ministry full-time 7.) homeschooling our girlies and taking them with us wherever we go. 8.) encouraging others to pursue their passions for God's kingdom and 9.) helping the poor and oppressed both physically and spiritually.

    Whew. :)

  3. I love the covers and titles of her book. So cute. And yes, sharing it with others is always scary b/c you never know how someone else is going to react!

  4. Just got your book today. It looks great! I look forward to doing a review on Family Fountain with it. Thanks. wb

  5. I picked up 2 copies of The Marriage Project at Christmas based on your recommendation- one for us and one for our friends. Brian read it all and I have read most of it. Fun book and perfect for couples with wee little ones like us since many of the date activities can be done at home.
    I made 30 goals/"dreams" for my 30th year and one of them is to finish the Bible in 90 days. I'm doing it through http://www.momstoolbox.com and it is a very similar strategy as Kathi writes here.

  6. Going public definitely helps you to take yourself more seriously with regard to your dream.

  7. Absolutely LOVED this book! Posting my review on Fri. Hey, is that you new to Twitter? I'd love to connect there too.

    Your book made me laugh out loud often!
    ~ Wendy

  8. My professional dream continues to be to break into the publishing industry with a book, children's or adult's (not sure which one will happen first – or at all!)

  9. I am jealous you got to meet Kathi! I have read all her books and love her work. The Me Project is awesome because it reminds us to not give up on our personal goals/dreams while fulfilling our day to day lives.

  10. Hmm. My dream is to work for a professional mosaic artist with the hopes of one day doing it myself. I want to create stone mosaics and outdoor mosaics.

  11. I'll have to pick it up. It perfectly reflects what I'm living through right now.

  12. That book sounds really great! I'm hoping it meantions lack of motivation. :/ I have always wanted to write and now that I have an office and the time I find myself cleaning, cooking, crafting and blogging instead! lol