When Your Dream and Decisions Affect Those You Love

When you decide that your dream is worth following, and worth fighting for, the people that you love will be affected. The reality is that even though they are supportive, if your dream involves moving away, there will be holes in their lives because of your absence. In my situation it is particularly gut-wrenching as I am leaving 100 plus band students that I adore behind, hoping and praying that whoever follows in my footsteps falls in … Continue reading

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If I had to pick the single worst time to decide to start a new “business” venture, this would be it.  I am right in the middle of trying to finish my resume and and cover letter, searching for teaching jobs in Tennessee, a song writing challenge that I haven’t even told y’all about yet, and trying to balance a crazy budget for the crazy move we are making in less than five months. Nope. … Continue reading

Why every dreamer needs a community –

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If we are doing this Christian life right, then self-promotion does not come easily.  Taking risks that will place you in situations where you have to brag or advocate for yourself at the expense of others is difficult. Sometimes even distasteful. But when you have a community of people that share your vision, and pray you forward, they remind you that telling the truth is not prideful. They remind you that God uses everyone in different ways, and why not … Continue reading

On Bravery, Taking Risks, and Standing Still

This is MY dream... What's yours??

Some ladies and I started out on a crazy, bold adventure at the beginning of January. We dared to speak life into dreams that God had been planting in our hearts and minds.   We started preparing to open our homes and our hearts to those who need love.  We made contact with people in the industries we are pursuing — record companies, editors and retailers.  We are actively pursuing fun, and health. Our lives … Continue reading

Harnessing Creativity (investing in your dream) While Managing Responsibilities

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Balance. It is something that all creatives not doing their art full-time struggle with. Capturing inspiration in the moment it arrives is difficult — especially if it arrives in the middle of teaching a 6th grade band lesson, or an important business pitch.  Finding time to create, to build on the moments of inspiration–if we are lucky enough to have held onto that idea until we had free time– is a challenge, because often at … Continue reading

Moving steadily toward the dream – - – A #riskrejection update

My goals for January that I determined for Jon Acuff’s 30 Days of Hustle were: 1. Work on my cover letter and update my resume. 2. Complete and send of my forms for my Tennessee teaching license. 3. Make contact with a specific recording studio that I have been following (and dreaming about) in the Nashville Area.   Update on #1 – Updating my resume and writing cover letters: I started my cover letter.  I … Continue reading

Thoughts on Crowd Funding, Dreaming Big, and Writing a Cover Letter that Doesn’t Suck

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Thank you for hanging with me after that long title. I know. I am long-winded sometimes. You all are lucky- because I edit myself, and usually backtrack after my fingers lead us down a rabbit trail that had nothing to do with the original conversation. People who know me in real life are not so lucky. So I have this dream that I have been talking a lot about. It is actually less of a … Continue reading

Believe, and therefore #RiskRejection

OneWord2014Believe

The Lord has my undivided attention, that’s for sure.  From all of the ridiculously inspiring posts by Jon Acuff, which led me to join his “30 Days of Hustle” group, and all other signs pointing to !!BELIEVE ME, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW!!, choosing my one word for 2014 was kind of a no-brainer. So – here I am, preparing for this grand adventure, when I see a dear friend of mine joining up with a group … Continue reading

You WILL Be Misunderstood

Dream chasers will be misunderstood.  When anyone steps out of the normal, and dares to go after something different, something exciting,  there will be people who will mutter under their breath (or worse, to mutual friends) that they think you are crazy, and that you are wasting your time. People will think that because you are chasing a dream that you believe you deserve to have something better than what you currently have.  But many times, … Continue reading

Not just believing IN God — but BELIEVING God

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A more than cursory glance at the world around us is evidence enough of our amazing Creator.  Right now, as wind and snow swirl powerfully around in blizzard force strength, and the ice crystals have appeared on our storm door, we can see the beauty and majesty in intricate detail.     In the summertime, when the grassy meadows and forests are bursting with vibrant life and hope, we see the beauty and majesty in … Continue reading