Dare to Daydream: Action Steps to Grow Your Dreams

What in life makes you dream biggest? Is it a person, a place, a favorite podcast? For some reason being on a plane seems to do this for me. It often lets me dream even bigger than when I am down on earth. Hence why I wrote this while sitting on a plane 😉

I’ve had a fascination with clouds since I was a little girl and there is something about being up in the clouds that seems to light up my imagination. I fly somewhat often, so you’d think that the excitement would wear off, but it truly hasn’t. My inner 5-year-old does a happy dance when I get a window seat 🙂 It’s just such a beautiful view that seems to spark something deep inside me. 

So what enhances your dreams? Have you really explored what sets your mind most free? Many of us get into a rut of dampening our dreams; stripping the light from the experiences that make us feel most alive. I get it. Life isn’t always beautiful and sometimes the bad seems to overshadow the good, but I promise that a little more dreaming will take you back to a positive place. After all, we are meant to dream. We’ve been given these big, creative, intricate minds to do just that. Because if we never dream, where is the excitement in the day-to-day? We are meant to find the fire in our souls that brings out the best in us. 

I encourage you to explore what takes you to dreamland. And if you’re feeling stumped on where to begin, here are 3 simple steps:

  1. What in life smacks a smile on your face? Do more of that 🙂
  2. When you do those activities release guilt, anxiety and the stress of your lingering to-do list.
    1. If you feel these emotions rising in you, take 5 deep breaths (4 counts in, 8 counts out). Close your eyes and imagine you are your 5-year-old self, when you didn’t have a care in the world and things that made you happy simply made you smile, not feel guilty or anxious. 
    2. If you begin to think about all the items still sitting on your to-do list or begin to remember things you have yet to add to your list, grab a piece of paper or pop into the notes section of your phone and write them all down. Empty your brain and then set those thoughts free, knowing that you can go back to that list later, when you’re done enjoying your day-dream.
  3. Schedule time to do those activities regularly, rather than setting a vague goal and saying “I’ll start doing more of that.” Do you love being in nature? Set a goal to take a beautiful hike at least twice a month. Do you smile most when you are getting creative in the kitchen? Commit to trying a new recipe each week when you meal prep.

I challenge you to take some time this week to think about what makes you dream biggest. Experiment with different activities and passions, set your mind free and let’s get dreaming!