(I wrote this fully meaning to publish right away…and then LIFE. There’s been a whole lot of doing the last 4 days. A. Lot. Phew! But here it is…still rings true whether published on time or not. 😉 )
I (Jessica) am home alone tonight….well, with the 3 middles…and my mind is….well, I wish I could show you what my fingers are doing when trying to describe what my mind is doing (something like slow-motion jazz hands) I suppose, it’s dreaming.
We are podcast listeners in this house…as well as self-help/dreaming/entrepreneurial book junkie kind of people. As I was listening to another Hal Elrod podcast today (which prompted me to buy another book that Dave will read and then give me the “Dave notes” version of), I was yet again inspired to pursue our entrepreneurial life. This blog is part of it, but my dreams go beyond this….but it also will hopefully encompass everything that I’m passionate about. And now, as I’m writing, I hope that you readers will know our passions, and feel like you’re along with us on our journey of homesteading, pursuing passions, figuring out this parenting and homeschooling life, and all the while fully knowing we are imperfect humans with our greatest desire to be honoring our Creator.
Anyway, so I purchased this book off Amazon (which honestly, kills me a little because of their allegiance to things that I vehemently despise, but that’s for a completely different post), and as soon as I clicked “complete purchase”, it came up that I could read the beginning online.
Three of my five kids are home with me tonight…the middles…and while I was starting this book, “The Fast Forward Mindset” by David Schnurman, Monroe, Lincoln and Amalya came running in my room, and jumped on the bed. It was bedtime and Dave’s not home, so I knew they were expecting some sort of reading….so I just started reading this book out loud. So. Powerful.
The more I read, the more the wheels in my brain started turning. Being a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur means stepping outside of your comfort zone time and time again. That’s honestly the only way to be successful. And while Dave and I have passions and dreams, what we have lacked is that insatiable drive to do so.
As the kids went to bed, my mind started racing (because that’s what a good dreamer does, right?) about the things that I have yet not pursued. That thing has been at the back of my mind for a good 5+ years, and I’ve just been too scared, and honestly, too broke, to pursue it. But tonight, as I was facing the reality of life without pursuing that dream, I realized I just couldn’t do that any longer.
I’m not sure where I learned about the 2 kinds of people in this world – the dreamer and the doers – but I remember a friend and I having a conversation about it at a New Year’s party this year. Without a doubt, Dave and I are both dreamers. It’s so easy, and to be real, incredibly life giving for me to dream about the things that God has created me to be. Those things are – worship leading, being a mother, and something to do with health/nutrition as we pursue the life of homesteading. I have not been overly successful in any of these things (maybe motherhood, but even that….??), but it’s not because of the lack of knowledge of what I’m passionate about, it’s because I dream too much and don’t DO enough!
So now, reading this book, while it brought out some beautiful dreams for me to pursue, I know that I am now faced with the things that I need to DO!
What are you? Are you a dreamer, like Dave and I, or are you a doer?