2.09.2012

a word of encouragement


I see now, what I never could understand when I was a child; how easy it is to give up on your dreams. When you're thrown into the real world, when bills and work become priority and a dream is just that, a dream. I hate that I had to come to this realization, but it's all apart of growing up I guess. It's as if we become adults and feel this need to separate ourselves from our childlike selves, that somehow that way of thinking is holding us back from success.
I'm choosing to hold onto the good of childhood and apply the childlike perspective to my adult self. I don't want to become cold or far removed from dream and whimsy; I want to thrive on those very things. I want my life to mean something. I want my 10 year old self to look at my life and not be able to wait to grow up to do what I'm doing, to be who I've become. 
I know it's not easy and I know sometimes we have to sacrifice, but I've set out to accomplish a goal and if you know me at all, I do what I mean to do. I don't stumble upon my accomplishments, I work so very hard to achieve them. I want the dream and I refuse to settle for anything less. God has set a fire down within my soul and I won't be satisfied until I've reached the top of the mountain, until I've claimed the victory in my life. I don't want to settle for mediocrity. I want the dream and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. 
You can accomplish anything and everything you set your heart to. Why would God create such a passion for something within you, if He meant only for you to constantly be in want of it. Do what He's called you to do and don't let go of your dream. When people try and tell you you can't, tell them they must not know your God because He is entirely capable. When people try and rip it from your hands, hold onto it with dear life. Don't let go, don't give up, endure, persevere and you can do anything.




xo.
Melisa

15 comments:

  1. This post was beautiful, and thank you so much for it.

    I am a lucky one in that I am following my dream. I wanted to write, I wanted to work with artists, and that's exactly what I'm doing. But it's a huge struggle. It means weeks living off the last $20 left in my bank account. It means staying up until 5AM for 5 consecutive days hanging for a show. But it also means surrounding myself with creative people. It means attending high end events and talking about my artists to important people in my field... and having them actually listen.

    I think my 10-year-old self would be very excited to live the life I live... just as long as I promise to write a book about it one day. :)

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  2. Amen and amen. I refuse to give up the dream, and I plan on dreaming for the rest of my life. The world would be a boring place without dreamers.

    http://beautifulfamilyaffairs.blogspot.com/

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  3. Yes! This is such a great word, thank you for sharing...it was definitely something that I needed to hear today. Growing up is hard, but that doesnt mean you cant be responsible and a dreamer. God will make way for what he has planted in your heart. I just forwarded this on to a friend who is going through the same thing.

    Thanks! xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

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  4. This was so inspiring!

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  5. i'm so glad i stopped by today to read that. i was in desperate need of some motivating words when it comes to following my dream. i've been feeling extremely anxious about being able to afford... life really- with the income i have. it's a pretty small income right now.. and it's easy to get discouraged and want to quit to go find a more secure form of income. but i don't want to abandon my dream of working for myself as an artist. i just need to work harder.. but sometimes that's hard to do when you're overwhelmed with doubt. sometimes it's just easier to panic. this did help though :)

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  6. I really needed to read this. Thank you. I'm treasuring this post. I've had the same feelings lately of giving up & this really helps me know that someone else is in the same place as me.

    Newest follower from Lulapalooza.
    xx. Jillian
    http://boyishchic.blogspot.com

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  7. such a great reminder. I think that reminding ourselves of the GOD we serve is so important because without that knowledge of HIS CHARACTER our faith is so weakened and those good works HE prepared for us to walk in can be hindered all because of discouragement.

    thank you for sharing Girl :).

    ♥CheChe

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  8. This is the very thought which kept me awake last night and made me cry bitterly remembering all those dreams I forfeited to fit in and lead a normal, acceptable life. I am inspired by so many things, and this morning I decided to follow my dream, at least give it a fair chance. And I have decided to give it all the work it needs to grow into something beautiful.
    Your post indeed comes at a beautiful time :o)
    Thank you

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  9. I've found your blog, and this entry was exactly what I needed to read, sometimes I feel sad and cheerless about reaching my goals, my family and my near ones are always telling me its so hard and I won't get there!! They also tell me I should keep my feet on the ground and just "be normal" (mediocrity), I don't want to live the way they think I should

    It cheers me up knowing I'm not the only one thinking about not giving up, work to reach your dreams, chase them until the end :)!

    So inspiring
    thanks :D

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  10. Smiles from me!.. I felt like I was reading something out of my own head!...It's so comforting to know others feel the same way. Love to you all!!

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  11. So very inspiring, thank you for sharing! Have a terrific valentines day! xo Hannah

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  12. Um, I love this, I just found your blog - and we have twin hearts on this matter of dreams and God :)

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  13. I definitely needed to read this right ow. Bills and expenses and trying to save for that distant holiday seems to be what dominates my life right now, and while it's not that drastically bad I'm starting to panic. I reached a point a couple of months ago where I realized that I will never make enough money to spend lavishly, but the money I do make and that I have been saving.. what am I saving them for, really? Live in the now and put the money to good use, go places nearby, live through moments now when you're young and happy.

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