So you’ve got this “dream,” and it’s starting to haunt you. Everywhere you turn, you see it, feel it, smell it, hear it; it’s haunting you because you keep putting it off, or as Langston Hughes’ speaker laments in “Harlem,” you have deferred it. You keep putting it off because the time is not right, you don’t have enough money or you want to wait until the kids are grown. STOP! Here are five ways to pursue your dreams while you “make a living.”
1. Have a vision and write it down – Scripture says to “write it. make it plain.” You can’t reach the dream if you have no idea what it is. The universe responds to action, so when you write it down, awesome things begin to happen.
2. Build a Crying Angel Network – This is a group of 3-5 people who support your vision and lift you up in prayer in the good and bad times. They believe in the power of the universe, not just you, and they are there to help you, not hurt or destroy you.
3. Have a Sense of Humor – Wherever it went, go get it. You have got to learn how to laugh not only at yourself, but at the absurdity of the world and its naysayers sometimes. Laughter keeps you sane and the heart pumping.
4. Network, network, network – Let me say it again! Network, network, network. You must learn how to open up your mouth and speak to people. Tell them who you are and what you can do – or need. Women, in particular, need to realize the power of networking and not be so afraid of what others will think. It’s not about them; it’s about you and what you know you can bring to the table, to the world. But be wise and practical about networking. Learn how to work your net.
5. You’ve got one life to live – So, live it! Your identity is NOT soley the material things you have, or even your family. They are a part of who you are. You are wonderfully and fearfully made; you have been given a gift/talent to share with the world. It does not end when you have children or buy a fancy car. The work of “You” is never-ending. You are life and life is you.
Do not apologize for wanting to grow the seed of the dream that has been planted inside of you. It will not/cannot grow if you “defer” it; find the support you need, work that dream around your family, and believe in your worth/value.