I apologize for not posting last Friday or for letting you know I would be gone. Things got hectic as I prepared to leave town on Wednesday and I neglected the blog detail. I really do appreciate you checking in and reading my blog!
I had another opportunity to accompany my daughter as she went chasing a dream. It's one of the privileges of parenting. This time, we had to take a plane, taxi, shuttle and cruise ship to travel toward her goal. The occassion… Stars at Sea… a gathering of agents and representatives from modeling and music agecies coupled with about a hundred girls and boys, men and women looking for an opportunity to shine. It was a true adventure… moving into the unknown, full of anticipation rather than fear. As we both have endeavored to take steps toward our dreams this year, here are a few things that we are learning.
* We keep our dreams alive by keeping them in front of us. Jenna and I did this with dream boards. Journals, scrapbooks or a note or picture on the frig work too.
* Pursuing dreams is hard work. Whether it is a talent you are cultivating, something you are trying to acquire, or progress you are trying to make, it takes perseverence and an extra dose of faith!
* Chasing dreams will cost you. Time, money, effort, energy, emotions. When all are exhausted, it is easy to let emotions get the best of you. There is a price to pay and only you know how much you're willing to spend.
* There will be roadblocks along the way. For Jenna, it was her knee injury from a few months ago. She willed her way through the runway and swimsuit modeling, as well as the choreography for her song. Though discouraging, she never used it as an excuse.
* Let your needs/dreams be known. When Jenna found out she was one of six chosen to perform for the Grand Finale, she did not have what she needed in terms of music. I happened to mention it toward the end of dinner to a few people at our table. Another mom, a new-found friend, offered to help. She had an international plan on her cell phone, called her husband, he downloaded it from I-tunes, emailed it to her laptop, we transfered it to a flash drive and gave it to the man in charge of music the following day! (This is also known as, "Where there's a will, there's a way!") In general, people are more than willing to help, if there is any way they can.
* We need other people who will walk with us toward our dreams. The most poignant example of this was an eleven year old girl who was in line waiting her turn to walk the runway. It was clear that she lacked confidence and was, in fact, scared to death. As her turn came, she stood there, not knowing what to do. Hardly missing a beat, the emcee of the event, walked across the stage to her, extended his arm and escorted her to the middle of the stage, down the runway, in front of the agents, and off the stage. He paused with her at each key point. Everyone enthusiastically applauded. A shy smile came across her face and I'm sure her head was held a little higher. I was so impressed with that emcee (an actor and model in his own right)! What could have been an embarrassing disaster for that eleven year old, became a very tender and memorable moment. It would not surprise me if she remembers it the rest of her life. (Jenna later told me she had wished he had arrived to accompany her as well!)
So what would you like to see happen in your life? Write it down. Take a picture. Gather all your courage, hope and faith and step out. Oh, and make sure, just in case, that you have someone who will go with you. You never know when you'll need an arm to hang onto!
Putting One Foot in Front of the Other With You,