What are your dreams? Have you fulfilled any of them? Have your dreams changed over time?
When I was in highschool, I dreamed of being a wealthy CPA (Certified Public Accountant). I even knew what kind of car I was going to buy with all my hard earned money. So I went to college & became an accountant. I got a job at a local CPA firm & started studying for that coveted CPA license. In the meantime, I got married & had my 1st child & my dreams all changed! My beautiful baby girl taught me the value of family & free time. These things I was not allowed as a career woman. My employers didn’t want me spending time at home with a sick child or heaven forbid, take a vacation day to stay at home with her!! My dream was now making me very unhappy! Still I perservered, desperately trying to make it work. Late nights & Saturdays during tax season took there toll. My dream changed into becoming a teacher….yet I would fret over that dream for several years before taking any action.
God works in strange ways! I finally took the leap, applied to go back to college, & told my employers. I was fortunate enough to keep my job AND go back to school to get my teaching degree! (My employers loved me after all!! LOL!) I am now a very happy 1st grade teacher!! I also have another child. A beautiful boy this time!!! My job is awesome!! I am home when my kids are out for the holidays & the glorious summer! My employer completely understands my need to take care of my sick children & yes, even take (gasp!) a personal day!
Has my dreaming stopped? No, of course not. I found beads a year ago & fell in love with creating jewelry. It all started after my husband bought me a beautiful, but expensive pearl & fleur de lis necklace. A dear friend said, “Oh, Trish, you could make that!” Soooo I headed to Michaels & bought a cheesy jewelry making kit!! And so my obsession with beads began! I began making things for myself, as gifts, etc. Now it is a hobby gone wild!!! I love every minute of the insanity!! Buying beads, creating new pieces, learning new techniques–all very fulfilling!
I now dream of jewelry designs at night & visions of opening a bead shop keep me glassy eyed sometimes. I see places in town & think how wonderful it would be to place my shop there! I even looked in a dusty old window the other day & began envisioning where my custom pieces would be laid out, where the beads for customers to purchase for their own creations would be, & a spot for teaching others this wonderful craft. I noted the website to inquire about the space. I did not write it down though. This dream still needs time to grow & kinks to be ironed out. So I’ll tuck it inside & trust that when God is ready for me to follow that path, then He will lead me to it. Oh, did I mentionthis? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a famous designer like Coco Chanel or Mignon Faget??????