you mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger

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dream…dream, dream, dream…dream

dreaming is the starting point of achieving your goal.

if it never occurs to you that they can do it, you won’t try.

when you begin to dream big dreams, you begin to change the way you see yourself and your life.

you begin to do different things.

until the whole direction of your life changes for the better.

dreaming bigger dreams is the starting point.

allowing yourself to dream bigger raises your self-esteem, your self-respect and increases your self-confidence. thus increasing your happiness.

dreams and visions stimulate you to do better than you ever have before.

this is important because the gifts and skills that you were created with are more than enough to make your dreams come true.

think about how we describe a genius.

a math genius seems to effortlessly work with math figures and formulas.

a music genius plays or sings music as naturally as they breath.

what are you a genius at doing?

“who me? i’m no genius?”

really?

what do you do that seems almost second nature to you?

do you have an eye for detail, a great sense of humor, a nurturing side, the ability to focus intently, or being playful.

this is your genius. those things that come easily and profoundly, without needing to expend a lot of energy.

recognize the genius in yourself…are you a genius mother, teacher, listener, confidant, manager, organizer, or factory worker?

there are many, many who have never been called “genius” who serve in genius ways.

those “gifts” are the resources you need to make your dreams come true!

they were given to you by design.

you mustn’t be afraid to dream…

dream a little bigger.

it’s a great place to start.

do it today…get started!
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What Dreams and Acorns Have in Common

deeclarknz.comthe act of planting a tree is not that difficult…

the key is to understand the potential contained within the seed.

do you have a dream you want to grow?

your creative ideas contain the potential to grow your dream.

believe you can and you will

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did you know that scientists say that because a bubble bee’s body is so big and it’s wing span is so small that it is aerodynamically impossible for it to fly?

no?

the bee doesn’t know it either! so…it just keeps flying!

my daughter told me about a class mate whose mother basically told her recently that she would never amount to anything!

my heart sank as i listened to the story of how she cried and her heart was broken!

in the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith’s character states to his son:

“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it.

my husband and i farm an iconic New Zealand delicacy, the Bluff Oyster. we have had more than one person tell us that it was impossible and could not be done.

we smile…and get back to work…doing it.

there have been times that what everyone says looks like it might be true, BUT it’s not!

anything is possible!

we pray a lot 😍

we problem solve everyday.

we never stop!

even if someone tells you that you can’t…

act like you have no idea what they Are talking about, like the bee…

keep flying!

keep dreaming!

keep working toward your goal!

people will try to tell you you can’t because they aren’t…

go for it…

You can!
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Being Hurt Does Not Equal Broken

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there is a difference in hurt and broken. your dream after loss, pain and hurt might look different; you might have to find another way…but you do not have to remain in a painful state and quit.

the year following my accident where my fiancé was killed, my sister and her family were in a terrible crash. this crash was not fatal but as a result, our family was thrown into the midst of tragedy once again. my nephew was a baby then but survived the accident with few injuries. my brother-in-law received broken bones but recovered fully. my sister sustained a major spinal cord injury. i will never forget walking into that hospital and seeing her lying there with the halo collar along with her other visible injuries. i nearly passed out.

i don’t even remember when the news came that she would never walk again.

there are four children in our family. all of us have very different personalities. my sister was always on the go. she was the life of the party and always had friends everywhere. she could light up a room. she seemed to always be laughing. she was adventurous. in her teenage years, she worked 2-3 jobs. i would say she was a go-getter. her dream was to be a mother. i don’t remember how many children she wanted but she wanted children to nurture and pour herself into.  motherhood.

we were sitting in a hospital with the doctors telling us that she was a quadriplegic which means no movement from the neck down. devastating news. although we did not understand fully what that meant, we and she thought that her dream of more children was over. there were months of rehabilitation that followed. the doctors expected, as a part of the grieving process, for depression to set in. yet, this young woman worked and fought through many difficult days and tears to recover as much as she possibly could. the doctors were amazed that she began to grip with one hand and had limited motion in the other. it seems like a small thing but for her it meant that some simple tasks like brushing her hair, brushing her teeth and eventually some vacuuming the floor could be tasks she could continue to do. she later had a van customized and is able to drive.

she was learning to re-enter her life using her zest for life and strong desire to live as fully as was possible for her. she was amazing! she still is!

then she sprung it on me. she had exciting news. i remember the grin on her face. it was like a sun beam. it seemed to light her entire being. she was pregnant. WHAT? i was stunned. how? what? when? you know, all the questions that seem to surface when you think that a dream is over but suddenly realize…it’s not. the rehabilitation center and the doctors had a plan. it was amazing.

nine months later, my niece was born. two weeks prior to my sister’s due date, she had a C-section and was holding this precious, beautiful baby girl. she needed help with day to day care for herself and the baby but her dream of motherhood was not dead…it was just different.

my sister's beautiful children

my sister’s beautiful children

there have been many struggles along the way. it has not been an easy road. however, her commitment to her dream caused her to fight, work harder, face challenges (that i might not have had the will for), to love, to feel and to live so that she could fulfil what was strong in her heart.

my nephew, my sister's grand babies and neice

my nephew, my sister’s grand babies and neice

my niece and my sister's grandson

my niece and my sister’s grandson

i used to laugh, when her two children were little and needed to be disciplined, she would say to them, “come over here” and they would trot right over knowing that momma was going to be administering punishment.

she had to heal physically, she had to come to terms with the changes in her life, she had to keep fighting through the difficult days, she had to keep her focus, she has to live each day one at a time never giving up, and develop new steps when they are required for wholeness. some of these things she must revisit on a daily basis. there are still physical healings that she must strive for. there will be emotional healings that must occur. there will also be seemingly overwhelming life directions that will become necessary for wholeness to be maintained.

there are varying degrees of pain. absolutely. what we individually have gone through brings as much pain in it’s way as the next person’s pain does in their life. however, we can gain inspiration from the victories others have achieved.

my sister has overcome many obstacles and has more to overcome. she inspires me that no matter how much pain i am in at the moment, i am not broken and i can keep looking for new ways to thrive and live a full life – full of my dream of happiness. you can as well.

Gran & Lan

just because you’re hurt doesn’t mean you are broken.

have you got a dream? live…love…feel…like it’s REAL!

have you got a dream? come on…live…love…feel…like it’s REAL!

Lyrics:

Hard to find a way to get through
It’s a tragedy
Pulling at me like the stars do
You’re like gravity
Even if the wind blows
It makes it hard to believe

How ya gonna love?
How ya gonna feel?
How you gonna live your life like the dream you have is real?
And If you lost your way
I will keep you safe
We’ll open up all the world inside
I see it come alive tonight
I will keep you safe..

Doesn’t even matter to you
To see what I can see
I’m crawling on the floor to reach you
I’m a wreck you see
When you’re far from home now
Makes it hard to believe
(Chorus)
We all fall down
We all feel down
Cus rainy days and summer highs
The more we pray the more we feel alive

How ya gonna love?
How ya gonna feel?
How you gonna live your life like the dream you have is real?

(Chorus)

-Westlife