From the desk of Lauren Palmer
Today I have a fun exercise that pairs well with the Personal Culture Map we completed last week. If you don’t currently receive our emails, be sure to SUBSCRIBE and TAOLB’s Personal Culture Map will be sent to you!
Today, my friends, I want you to think about what you would do with your life, if it wasn’t what you are currently doing. You might be a stay-at-home mom, retired, have a full-time job, have a part-time job, or own your own business. Regardless if you love or despise your current circumstance, think about what you would do if the status quo was no longer an option.
For example, my current job is publishing The Art of Living Beautifully blog, magazines, and films. Although it isn’t always easy (never) I absolutely love what I do and feel blessed to be able to do it. However, if publishing TAOLB was no longer an option, I would own a little clothing/accessories pop-up boutique that I would run from my home. I’m not sure if you know this or not, but I have a degree in Fashion Promotion, and worked as a Stylist for Calvin Klein and for Nordstrom before I was married. After the nuptials, I worked in the cosmetic and gift arena for several years while working at Sharla’s on the Downtown McKinney Square. I LOVE working with women and I love styling and I love anything aesthetically beautiful, so curating a pop-up boutique from home sounds so fun to me!
I believe that dreaming little or big dreams like this is VERY HEALTHY! Here is why:
- It allows us to be creative
- It promotes positivity
- It gives us drive to change our circumstances
- It promotes bravery
- AND all these things counteract autopilot!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, autopilot is the ultimate thief of life and joy. Have fun with this little exercise today. Don’t worry if your dream doesn’t seem possible. What’s important is being brave, dreaming, having fun, and understanding why you would want this for your life. The HOW isn’t important, because to be honest, if you end up being serious about pursuing this dream (now or in the future,) the HOW will work itself out if you understand the WHY.
Here’s the funny thing about my alternative life: years ago I had a client who began hosting pop-up boutiques in the pool house in her backyard which made this concept even better because she could separate it from her actual living quarters but not have to pay to rent a space. Now, I don’t have a pool house, nor do I have the space or finances to build one, but this isn’t stopping me from dreaming. I’m going to enjoy the process and benefits of being creative, understand the WHY, and move forward from there. If the WHY isn’t strong, then I may find another dream. But if is, well, who knows what might happen…
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