The other day I was sitting in my home art studio working on a painting and I suddenly looked around in disbelief. I almost had to pinch myself to believe that this was my work space. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. When I first started to paint 10 years ago, I’d drop a sheet down in a corner of my guest room and pull out a TV tray to put my supplies on.
I realized in that moment the other day while I was painting that this studio is literally a dream come true. I had dreamed it and then it came to be. I started to look back over how this dream manifested and I realized there were some very essential steps so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way.
1. Visualizing is most important.
Years ago, I did a little exercise where I wrote down what my perfect day would look like. I wrote every single thing I would do from morning until night. I wrote what I ate, who I spent time with and most importantly, I wrote down what my art studio would be like, down to the last detail. I visualized this space. I knew I really wanted a space dedicated to what I do and I knew I wanted it to be in my home and I wanted lots of natural light. I had no idea it would entail a move to Minnesota, but that’s the thing about dreams, you just never know how they will actually come to be.
2. Talk about it.
Some years back, a few friends and I decided to get together once a month with the sole purpose of supporting each other. We created a group that was almost like a book group but without the book. We talked freely about our dreams, goals, hopes and concerns. I think all of the groups’ members would agree when I say that talking about our dreams really helped to manifest them. One woman became a fashion stylist, one is winning stand up paddling races and becoming a SUP instructor and another is singing in a band and recording an album, just to name a few. All because we talked about it with each other. I think dreams need support and they need positive people who believe in them with you. You need someone to mirror your dream back to you. Find your tribe.
3. Don’t Give Up.
When you start pursuing a dream, you might get discouraged. It might not be as easy as you thought it would be. You might really suck at this new thing you want to do. But don’t give up. No one is an expert at something when they first start. Work at it. Work hard. Get good at it. Don’t. Give. Up. That is the best advice I was given and it’s the best I can give. Work hard and make it happen. When you work hard, forces come to your aid that you never knew existed. Things start to happen. Trust me. The universe wants you to dream!
What’s your dream?