Look what happened over the weekend:
Oh yes, I did. Thanksgiving schmanksgiving–it’s CHRISTMAS!
The primetime TV lineup lately would totally back me up on this. So many great shows/movies that I have to drop everything to watch–like the Wizard of Oz last night, and ANY DAY now, Rudolph (my personal favorite).
Mason watched The Grinch last night for the first time ever, and I’m sure his life was changed.
It was another full weekend of scattering books and toys all over the living room.
I was surprised he didn’t seem too interested in the Christmas tree. He checked it out a little bit (from afar) when he first saw it, but then pretty much went about his day as usual. Ha! Crisis averted.
On Saturday, I stopped by a Women’s Expo downtown just for kicks. There was a speaker on healthy living in the morning that I was hoping to catch, but I was having too much fun lounging in my grubbies with the fam until noon. So I attended a presentation on living your dreams in the afternoon instead.
The presentation was all about changing your perspective around dreaming. Do you think it’s a waste of time or unrealistic to dream? Do you have dreams, but not the time or energy to pursue them? Are you too afraid of failure to dream big?
And if so: how can you reprogram your thinking to have a more positive outlook on dreaming and to make it more of a priority in your life? (Assuming we don’t all want to get to the end of our lives with “I successfully lived to this age” as our primary accomplishment.)
Personally, dreaming is not my problem. I have about a thousand dreams, and new ones pop into my brain every other day. I’m a huge dreamer. I’m not afraid of it, I don’t think it’s stupid (even though 80% of my ideas are), and I’m happy to make room for it in my life.
My real problem is focus. There are so many things I want to pursue that I’m paralyzed by the possibilities. How do I know which is the right one to go after?
I came away from the presentation sort of lacking–at least, in the answers I was looking for. But it did give me a little motivational boost, which is something I can never get enough of.
Next to the presentation stage was a booth for something called the Dream Bank. I haven’t been to the actual local Dream Bank, but from what I can tell, it’s a place where you can go to just hang out and explore your dreams, using different interactive tools and inspirational presentations. Crazy, right? (I have no idea how something like that is funded, but anyway…)
At the booth, there was this tree:
The idea was to pick a tag that represents you and hang it on the tree, as a sort of declarative gesture.
The speaker also talked about how it’s powerful to announce your goals publicly, in some way. I guess this kind of counts.
Of course, I wanted to hang about 11 different tags. Ughh…
After the expo, I headed to my new favorite study hang-out (a less-popular Starbucks) to hit the book.
So far, I’ve read and highlighted my entire NASM textbook and gotten through 17/20 chapters on my personal study guide. (I’m basically transferring key info to a separate Word document that I’ll then start studying.) By the time I’m done with the study guide, it’ll easily be 100 pages long! And then I need to start cramming…test is on December 17, aka THREE WEEKS! (That just made me sweat a little, typing that…)
I got home to find Mason just waking up from a FOUR HOUR power nap. Kid is insane.
The rest of the day looked a lot like this:
On Sunday, we had friends over for the Packers/Vikings game.
I made shredded chicken for tacos in the crockpot, along with some healthy-ish snacks.
Not sure about that game outcome though–a TIE?? I honestly don’t remember ever seeing this happen before. What??
Welp, off to power through a couple quick days of work before the long holiday weekend! Can’t wait!
Are you a dreamer? Or do you wish you could dream, but find that something’s holding you back?
What is your dream?
Here’s your chance to “publicly” announce it. :)
Favorite holiday show/movie??