While I was at Alt Summit, my brain was just buzzing with new goals for my business, places I want to go, ways in which I want to expand and develop my work. I met women who were incredibly encouraging and inspiring, women who told me that I can definitely accomplish the goals I set in front of me and encouraged me in confirming that I am doing a great job so far. I chatted with women about the balance of work and life outside of work, contemplated how I want my future to be and ruminated on both what is practical for my future and fantastical. You can guess my mind was buzzing with excitement the entire time I was at Alt. And I'm still riding that wave of dreaming up plans and setting down time to figure out how to execute those goals.
Conferences like Alt are far and few between. I was lucky enough to have had Bing purchase 250 pieces of my jewelry to place at the tables at lunch on the second day of Alt. And they gifted me a ticket to attend the summit after it had already sold out! It was, in itself, a dream come true for me. But big dreams like that usually don't just pop out of the sky. Sometimes, attaining dreams means lots of planning and lots of flexibility for when our path takes an unexpected turn. We don't always have tons of inspiring women within talking distance to pump us up and inspiring us. Sometimes, we have to reach deep down within ourselves to remember we are worth pursuing our dreams and yes, they ARE attainable with hard work and kindness.
I have a poster in my office with a quote by Conan O'Brian. "If you work really hard, and you're kind, AMAZING things will happen." I believe those words wholeheartedly. Over the past 3 years, I have seen those words come to life in my own little world. And I absolutely believe that by making a list of all of your goals and dreams, you will be further encouraged to pursue those dreams wholeheartedly, with passion and kindness. Allow room for your goals to morph and change. Things rarely happen exactly the way we expect them to. So be flexible, and don't let yourself be fatalistic. Remember that just because there are bumps in the road, it doesn't mean your dreams are ending. You may reach them at a different time than you expected and they will be even more fulfilling.
So my friends, write your list of all of your goals and dreams this week, include work dreams, personal dreams, spiritual goals, emotional goals, whatever speaks to you most powerfully. As always, feel free to download the PDF list above or write down your list in a journal. If you post about it on Twitter, Instagram, your blog, or Pinterest, then stop back here and link up your list so we can all visit each others lists and gain inspiration from one another. And in addition to that, we can then encourage each other in our goals. Use the hashtag: #52lists2013
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