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The Power of Daydreaming

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Practicing gratitude and goal setting is a huge part of my life. Forever grateful, never satisfied has resonated with me since I was 7 or 8 years old. I’ve always been a goal getter. Have a good attitude, work hard, and go after it until it’s yours! Along with this practical approach, I have equally entertained the idea of daydreaming.


Remember when you were younger and would constantly daydream about what life would be like as an adult? The freedom. That dream job. Your future husband or wife. Then one day you grow up. You realize those dreams had become dimmed somewhere along the way and maybe you're even settling. Why? Because most of society has come up with this idea that dreaming big is unrealistic. Excuse me, as I roll my eyes.


So, just in case you haven't heard this in awhile, I'm here to give YOU permission that YOU can design YOUR life and live it to the fullest for YOU! Not anyone else, not society, not your 5th cousin nor some acquaintance with unsolicited advice.

 

"Don't downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to fit your destiny." -Stuart Scott

 

How to Manifest Your Dreams

First of all, let's define this head-in-the-clouds concept of daydreaming. Daydreaming is when you let your mind wonder and explore the limitless possibilities of the future. Remove that negative voice, ignore logic, and unlock creativity. I often prompt myself with a few questions. What do I want out of life? What fulfills me? If money wasn’t an option, what would I want to do? How do I want to feel? I allow my mind to drift wherever it wants- family, friends, career, spiritual beliefs, intrinsic values, material things, hopeful experiences and all desires in between. This practice may seem small, which is why it's often overlooked, but daydreaming is consequential. It helps me create hope for the future and inspires my motivation to keep going.


As you intentionally focus on the vision of your future, you begin to unlock the connection between now and what’s to come. Your dream is the direction in which you are evolving, while your goals are the action steps you take to get closer to your dreams. If you are truly dreaming big, you won’t know exactly how to get there and that’s the point. Allow yourself to be pulled towards your dreams, have intention, and start small. Before you know it, you’ll be stacking wins and that big dream won’t feel so far away. The best part is that as you continue to achieve, clarity unfolds.


Now that I have you convinced to let your mind run wild, below are a few ways to encourage daydreaming!


Vision Board

The obvious front runner! Create a vision board with your dreams represented by words and images. You can do this with annual goals or even include your BIG dreams- 5, 10, or 20 years down the road. This project requires you to dig deep, leading to self-discovery and a clear vision of your future.


Once you’ve made a visual representation of your goals and dreams, the key component of this project is placement. You want this vision board displayed where you can see it EVERY day. By looking at your dreams daily, your dreams will begin to sit in your subconscious and drive your decisions when you don’t even realize it. Doesn’t that sound nice?!



Pinterest

My old faithful daydreaming app! Pinterest always brings me back to high school. Back then, I would scroll for hours looking for inspiring quotes or funny memes. Nowadays, I use it more as a tool to create mini vision boards with more specific content. This is where I generate my vision for my future dream home, empowering thoughts I want to adopt, my love for simplistic style, healthy meal recipes and parenting tips. You can of course shop on Pinterest or use the app as another form of Google, however I like to use Pinterest a collection of creative inspiration.


Pinterest is like the vision board 2.0. Since it’s online, you can feed your imagination any time throughout the day. Use Pinterest as an ongoing project where your topics of interest are detailed. On a vision board, you may have a picture of the word happiness. On Pinterest, you have a board dedicated to happiness- you'll pin pictures, quotes, and blog posts that inspire what makes you happy. It may sound silly to dedicate time to be on Pinterest, but, with intention, it is far more impactful than scrolling through social media. It’s another way to reinforce your dreams on a daily basis!


Journaling

Free writing is not only therapeutic, but it’s also another form of delivering your dreams to the universe. The beauty of journaling is that there is no rules or organization pattern you have to follow. Just start writing, make lists, notes or even draw. Whatever your heart desires. The goal is to keep going until you meet your state of flow. This means you’re not analyzing your thoughts or worried about the vocabulary you’re using. Completely uncensored.


Once you’ve divulged your dreams on the paper, read back over with an actionable lens. What can I do today to get closer to this dream? What about in 6 months? 1 year? 5 years? By carving out bite-sized goals, you begin the process of bridging the gap from your outlandish dreams to today's reality.



Online Browsing

Best for last! This is one of my favorite activities to do in my spare time. You know how you can get lost on the explore page of Instagram? It’s like that idea, but with actual purpose instead of aimless scrolling. You start with the idea of a thing or experience you want to attain. From there, you research and shop for everything that has to do with it as if it’s happening tomorrow.


For instance, I frequently think about the day that Henry and I live together again! I’ll go on Trulia and look up homes in Washington. After finding one, I’ll start online shopping for a new couch, furniture, an outdoor patio set, rugs, and much more. Literally anything and everything. Sometimes I get so deep down this rabbit hole, I find myself looking up new bedding for the kids that complements their future rooms. Now, reality check! Am I actually moving with the kids to Washington? Not yet… When we do, am I going to buy everything I found? Probably not… But this mental exercise gets me excited! It fuels me to keep going, knowing that one day soon we will be moving into a house TOGETHER!


The follow up on this practice is to make it a little more real. I take note of all the things I want as well as their price and priority of need. Then I make a budget for when we move. By planning this out, it empowers me to feel that this next chapter is closer than it may actually be because I’m ready for it. Plan. Adapt. Embrace.

As you can see, daydreaming is an important piece of the puzzle. Get creative, dream big and then start working in that direction! Use daydreaming as a tool for inspiration to achieve your goals. In its absence, your mind easily enables you to settle or take the safe route in life. Personally, I’m not interested in mediocrity. I’m committed to discovering my highest potential. If you can dream it, you can achieve it!!


 

"Daydreaming, after all, is a form of planning." - Gloria Steinem

 

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