I once read a quote that said, " You can be a good mother and still follow your dreams, You totally can, if you so desire." After reading such, a million thoughts began to run through my mind. Promotions, achieving a Ph.D., public service and fulfilling my entrepreneurial goals are just a few things that society would have me to believe is impossible for me to achieve because I am a mommy! Well, that is certainly not going to be my story! I have to believe in God's word that tells me, "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me". (Phil 3:14).
One by one, month by month and year by year, I am chipping at the above list of dreams I have plotted for my life. I am determined to achieve them. My mother once gave me bookmark that read, "The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God can not Keep You". OMG! What a golden nugget she gave me on that day. After reading that bookmark, I can still remember thinking, "I could go anywhere in life" and " I could do anything I set my mind to achieving". I also remember feeling how much she believed in me. I could feel that she really knew the inner me, at core, and knew I had big dreams of taking the world by storm and leaving an incredible impact on the lives of children and families. It was then that I knew she understood who I was to be in this life. That is the kind of moments I want to give McKenzie and Madison. I want them to know they can dream big, map out a plan to succeed and execute with that confidence that God has their back. I want them to not be afraid of hard work in order to achieve their big dreams. I want them to run their race steadily and with stamina and "know" that the Will of God will not take them where the Grace of God can not keep them.
Whether you are a single mom or married, pursuing and achieving your dreams with little ones is challenging. Demanding and MAKING time to develop a realistic timeframe, plan of execution and disciplined grind time is crucial. These are also the most difficult to secure when little ones are pulling the hem of your dress. On more than one occasion, I have had to remind myself that women have achieved awesome things while juggling little ones, work, and family. Surrounding yourself with other moms, who share your "go-getter" outlook, as well as, seeking and securing resources and is the next critical piece. I am always encouraged by one of my favorite scriptures, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"....Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) I am very thankful for the support of my husband, sisters, and family. Especially, my husband, for without his love, support and genius advice, this road would have even more bumps. The most important dream, to me, was to become a devoted mother and wife. With this in mind, I am definitely living my ultimate dream. Being the wife of Keith and mother to McKenzie and Madison...if I do not accomplish anything else, my life is complete, as I am living my ultimate dream.
Whatever your dreams may be, KNOW they are achievable. Yes! Achieving our dreams involves work, discipline, self-determination, continuous education & development and sheer passion. Develop your plan. Commit to your plan. Execute your plan to achieve your dreams. IT IS POSSIBLE! Do not delay, start TODAY! Until next time, Love yourself!!!