Are You Ready To Live Your Dreams?
I’m about to live one of my dreams and I want it to inspire YOU to go live yours. My dream is taking me to Croatia in September! You see, ever since I started organizing Global Free Hugs in 2008 and witnessing the positive impact it had on those giving and receiving hugs, I’ve wanted to travel and give hugs to people around the world. Where I hug at in Chicago is a high foot traffic area with a lot of tourists and Chicagoans alike, so I have been able to hug people from around the world, Now, I get to do it there! How did my travel with hugs dream come about? Well, it was in stages. First came the desire of doing it. I thought about it off and on for years, but just didn’t see how it could occur. So, for a while it stayed in desire mode. I wasn’t putting thought or attention to it, but it did cross my mind from time to time on how awesome it would be.
Second, came aligning myself to the desire, still at this point unknowingly. I went on a cruise in 2009 with Mike Dooley and met Loretta. At the time, I just knew I enjoyed her company as she was so much fun to hang out with. I talked about global hugs to her and she became a global hugger in 2010. Loretta owns a travel agency and we talked about doing trips together for a few years… that is until last fall when we realized it was time to give birth to vision of embracing the world one hug at a time. Loretta has taken many groups on trips, including this Croatian journey, so I couldn’t even imagine a better cohort for this adventure. Had I tried to start this prior to knowing her, who knows how it would have gone, and where it would have gone as I wasn’t in alignment with it yet.
Third was to believe in it. Rather than waiting for the perfect time, we made it the perfect time. The perfect time for our first Embrace the World Tour- Croatia. I’m excited to embark on this journey with Loretta. Yes, the natural beauty of Croatia will be breathtaking. Yes, the historical cities will feel like I’m in another world. Yes, the adventure will be magical. And yet, the biggest thrill for me it to know that I will be able to offer hugs to those in need of heightening celebrations or lessening sorrows. Even though the actual hug time might seem like a small part of the trip as far as time goes, it will be huge part in my heart.
So, if you are ready to live your dreams, I encourage you to do so by:
Believing in YOU! Believe that you deserve to have a meaningful job. Believe you deserve to live in a home that is perfect for you. Believe that you deserve the best romance possible. The more you believe in YOU, the quicker it is you will invite your dreams in.
Aligning yourself to your desire. Often when the desire is first born, we focus on why we can’t have that. Whether it’s money, time, education, or a variety of excuses we come up with. The bigger the dream, often the bigger the fear that bubbles up around the dream. You’ve probably had some small dreams manifest quickly in your life. Well, because it was a small dream that you didn’t have a lot of attachment to how it came about, you had less resistance. Take baby steps to your bigger dreams to release the fear around them. Play with your dream. Pretend your dream has already occurred and get into that feeling place of it happening. I’ve certainly seen myself hugging while I travel. Come up with some small action steps you can take that bring you closer to your dream.
Mostly, I want to encourage you to remember you are so very worth living your dream and knowing that you aren’t taking away from others by doing so. There is enough for us all to live a life of deeper love, laughter, and happiness.
Until next time, whether awake or asleep, I hope your dreams are as amazing as you are.
I am living my dreams through love, kindness, and compassion.
Words to LOVE By:
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
~ Harriet Tubman
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
“Dream, laugh, smile, appreciate, dance, sing, hope, and know in the depth of your soul that love is expansive, infinite, and ready to show you a magical world.” ~ Carol CC Miller