dreams

Small Beginnings

Take me to Barnes & Noble and beyond a shadow of a doubt you can guarantee that within seconds I’ll be in my favorite section: The Self -Help section. That’s right. Don’t ask me why, my only guess is that it’s due to the fact that my degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My last trip to B&N I stumbled upon a book full of wisdom. I read that successful people write down their accomplishments and put them where they can see them.

My thought: Brilliant.

Naturally, I decided that I too must write down my accomplishments.

Weeks ago I had bought a huge piece of plywood with no rhyme or reason for it. Luckily for the plywood it finally found purpose: It’d be my board of accomplishments. A couple of coats of chalk paint later and it was transformed into a blank canvas waiting to hold the things that I was proud of.

As I started sifting through my memories trying to think of my accomplishments throughout life I realized why people who write down their accomplishments are successful. They are motivated by the fact that they have already have accomplishments on their record to be proud of, knowing that there is still a whole life in front of them waiting for them to accomplish things far greater than what they’ve already done.

On the verge of turning twenty-five I have a whole to do list for my life of things that I want to accomplish. I’ll be honest, some days it’s a little overwhelming and the thought crosses through my head “Am I really ever going do this?”

I mean my list has some pretty big things on it including:
Start a magazine.
Own a coffee shop.
Write a book (or two).
Throw a benefit concert in the middle of Central Park.
Host a national conference.
Start a non-profit that rescues women out of sex trafficking.

The list continues.

After filling my blank canvas with some of my accomplishments, I suddenly felt empowered. I’ve lived a quarter of life and I have quite a few things I can say I’m proud of.

I’ve learned to play the piano. I got my real estate license. I threw my first benefit concert in college and raised $500 for the She Rescue Home. I learned Photoshop. I planned Orphan for a Night a nation wide event that raised thousands of dollars for orphan projects. I’ve graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The list goes on.

My mother always says, “The best is yet to come.” So, with that said, the things on our list of accomplishments is only the beginning. The best is still on its ways because we are constantly growing and changing. As we get older: we obtain more wisdom, add and sharpen our skill sets, fail a time or two and learn from our mistakes, overcome obstacles and gain strength, and gain experience.

Whoever you are: you’re human. [Genius statement: I know.] Which means this: You have dreams, goals, and visions. And if you are normal, you have a desire to be successful.

So let me break down my new theory for you:
Instead of getting overwhelmed by the vagueness of the future, find confidence in the fact that you’ve already accomplished great things [whether big or small].

Life, take it one day at time, one step at a time. You still have your whole life a head of you to cross things off your life to do list.

My dad always tells me: “Lindsey, don’t despise small beginnings.” Small beginnings is how we get to greatness.

I leave you with this: Take time to recognize your accomplishments. Write them down. Be motivated and encourage by what you’ve done, knowing that those accomplishments are the ones that are going to propel you to do bigger and greater things in the future.

Believe in yourself. Remember your accomplishments. [And] Dream on.

Be confident in this: That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to the completion. [Philippians 1.6]

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Resolve to Risk

Airports.

They always get to me. Some type of “deep” revelation always comes when I’m sitting in airports. I suppose it’s all the free time I have to just think, people watch, read, and be alone.

Yesterday as I was flying back to my humble abode in the middle of somewhere [aka Tulsa, Oklahoma] I realized something: I’m a dreamer, I’m a fighter, I chase after life and adventure. Yet lately, I’ve been rolling with proverbial punches. I’ve allowed the ┬áhustle and bustle of life to overwhelm me.

I wake up before dawn to get to work in the morning, grab a quick coffee somewhere around 2:08 pm, at the point, I’ll find a quaint little place to work for the non-profit [Go International.tv for those of you who were wondering!]. Usually around 6:30 or so I decide that it’s time to get some actual substance in my body, so I order take out, and then go back to working away.

I feel as if this the American way. We work and we work hard.

We get in a routine and somewhere along the line, we start rolling with the punches. We start letting circumstances take precedence over our hopes and dreams.

As I was flying home, I realized that I had gotten stuck in a routine and I wasn’t take anymore risks. I wasn’t dreaming and wasn’t fighting for what I wanted anymore. I was letting circumstances determine my life instead of CREATING the life that I’ve dreamt of. I got caught up in the “American way” that I stopped chasing adventure and life. Somewhere in the mix of all this, I became somewhat unsatisfied with life.

The root of my problem: I stopped daring to take risks.

I’m sure if I did some nation-wide study, I’d find that the majority of Americans haven’t been going after life and taking risks. And with that said, I’m sure that we’d find that most people were not enjoying their life to the fullest potential.

So here’s my proposal.
Twenty- Twelve: Let it be the year of taking risks.
Let’s stop going through a routine and walking through life mundanely.
Let’s stop waiting for life to find us- but let’s chase after life & adventure.
Let’s not be held back by fear, our current circumstance, or what society tells us is possible.
Let us be propelled to dream bigger and take chances by the fact that God is faithful to do all that he has promised. The dreams that you have; the ones that you go to bed dreaming about and the ones you just can’t seem to shake no matter what- I believe that those have been woven into us by our Creator. He wants those dreams to come to pass even more than we do. Why? Because people’s destinies are attached to those dreams.

So Twenty-Twelve:
Let it be the year we throw ourselves headlong into the arms of God (Ps. 13) adorning ourselves by putting our hope in God (1 Peter 3.5) and not ourselves or current circumstances.
Let it be the year the we learn to keep calm, not be afraid or loose heart (Is. 7.4).
Let it be the year that we believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that our God can conquer the impossible; standing firm in believing that what He says He will do that He will bring about (Is. 46.11/ Ez. 12.28/ Romans 4.16-24).
Let it be the year that we take a few risks, go on adventures, and stop waiting for life to come, but chase after it.
And lastly, let it be the year we begin to speak LIFE into our heart’s desires.

I leave you with this:
“The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead” (Romans 8.18-21).

Cheers to Twenty- Twelve. The year we all resolve to take a few risks and watch our dreams become reality.

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