Monica J. Griffith

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Are Your Dreams On Hold 081816

I talk with many people who seem to have put their dreams on ‘hold’ – some have been doing this for such a long time that they have actually forgotten the dream. When we open up to talk, I often hear comments such as: Wow! I actually forgot about that; or, I don’t know where that dream got lost.

And many times, people will dismiss their dreams because they feel they may not have a good reason to peruse them. The excuses are numerous – as if someone must ‘justify’ a dream.

News flash!!!! A dream is simply of vision of what could be! It is there to awaken you to something new, fresh, inspiring, exciting…a possibility! And, what is wrong with that?

Here is what I see when people talk about their dreams: energy is high, voice is excited, posture is forward and inviting, gestures are animated, breathing is deep and full, eyes are bright – sometimes misty with the passion and there is a clear presence of hope. What could ever cause us to put this delight on hold?

What is the voice inside our head chattering about? Is that what is holding us back? Do I really need a reason to entertain this dream-vision I have? Who decides if it is not good enough or if it’s frivolous or wasteful or if I’m too old to be thinking this way? After all … it IS my dream!

Now here, as I see it, is the problem with dreams: until I take action and actually DO something, they remain, well, dreams! They get put on hold or forgotten or lost.

What if you worked that dream – you put clarity around it – you mapped out a plan of action? What would that be like? And then, what if you had someone to celebrate each small, sweet step you took toward realizing it? How would that be for you?

One of the meanings of the word dream is this: A condition or achievement that is longed. So, if it is something that is “longed” – isn’t it about time you began to fulfill that longing with authentic actions?

Would you allow me the privilege of helping you become clear on your dreams and, together, create small sweet actions to take you forward? Would that be okay with you?

Has it Really Been One Year 080716

One year ago today, I closed the door on a life in California. This was the Facebook post as we drove away from our home of 25 years. It was difficult to leave wonderful neighbors, long time friends, easy day trips to the San Francisco coast and wine country and Lake Tahoe. Saying good-bye has never been easy for me, yet I continually look forward to new beginnings and am curious where the road may take me.

We loaded the CRV with our three cats, some plants and enough clothes to make it several weeks until our new home was ready. My sisters travelled in my little Fit – with every nook and cranny packed with things we would need as we planned our hotel time for about 3 weeks. We were on an adventure from Orangevale, California, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I recall some conversations we had along the way – a few regrets about not visiting the ‘Bay’ one more time, wishing we had stocked up on our favorite wines from our favorite winery in wine country and already missing the wonderful apple turnovers from High Hill Orchard in Apple Hill Country. We also laughed at memories of our wonderful dinner parties on the patio and in our pool with our ‘gang’ – and paused for a moment of sadness with the passing of several close friends. There were the work friends and incredible neighbors we left behind, promising to stay in touch (we’ve done pretty well at that part!). So many wonderful memories…

And then – after many driving hours and an interesting over night with 3 cats in a hotel room – we arrived in Colorado Springs! Our new home! Still waiting for our house to close escrow, we hunkered down in an Extended Stay with our fur babies.

What are your memories of closing the book or door on one of life’s wonderful experiences? How have you grown since then? Did you ever imagine the journey your life would take? Was it all planned and went exactly as you expected? What does: The best is yet to come? mean to you?

When someone asks me how we like living in Colorado – my typical response is: I’m livin’ the dream! And you know what? I was livin’ the dream in California, too! How great is it that wherever I am – – I live my dream!

After all…isn’t that what living is all about!
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