A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to her college orientation. One young woman excitedly told me that she was going to learn a few languages and work in an embassy. Of course, she also plans to do some studying abroad and do an internship at a global corporation. I remember having that same enthusiasm in college for all that was ahead.
While I love the career I chose as a writer, and I love being a mom, there are dreams I had planned to pursue by now that just haven't panned out. Has that happened to you?
For example, I wanted to learn Spanish. I have always fantasized about taking an immersion course and then traveling to Spain or conducting an interview for an article completely in Spanish. A few years ago, I bought Rosetta Stone Spanish Language Software. It is sitting unopened in a drawer. (It wasn't cheap!)
After returning home from my daughter's college, I thought about how I might pursue my dream, despite my constant struggle for work life balance. I decided to start small. Baby steps. I put a book next to my bed with Spanish vocabulary. Each night, I'm learning one new word. Some nights I learn as many as 10. Regardless of how busy I get or how tired I am, I have been able to muster the energy for at least one new word. It might take me a while to become fluent, but at least it's a step toward my dream.
A friend of mine is a legal consultant who calls herself a hobby baker. She has told me for years that it is her dream to turn the hobby into a business. Earlier this week, she struck a deal with a local restaurant to supply it some baked goods. It's a very small order and she won't make much money on the sale, but it's a baby step in the right direction.
Is it possible for you to pursue a dream if you take baby steps? What could you do to take that first step?