Alright you guys, I was late to jump on this band wagon, but I’m glad I did. If you want to know the truth, I was avoiding reading the book a little. I knew it was about setting goals and chasing dreams, and I didn’t really want to do that. I also saw everyone posting about how great the book was and I didn’t want to follow the crowd. But, I finally decided to give in and download the book on my Kindle. I’m so glad, because this book was definitely the kick in the booty I needed.
I read this book in a day. One day. Granted, since I stay home I do have the time to read, but it was so good that I just kept reading. I also highlighted and wrote almost everything she said in my journal. Circled it. Starred it. Pointed arrows to the really important things. I think you get the point. I really needed to read this book.
In the book, she encourages us to stop and look at the things we have accomplished in life. The achievements that have made me who I am, that was all me. I went to college and got my Bachelors degree in three years. I was unhappy at my job so I quit. I stepped out in faith and got my Teacher’s certification, all online, all while teaching at the same time. That was hard and scary but I did it. I got married. I moved. I changed jobs again. I had a baby. I got an epidural. Me, who is scared to death of needles and hates blood had my blood drawn time and time again and was poked and prodded, and I brought a life into this world. I think that’s pretty awesome. And even if I don’t accomplish anything else in this life; if all I do from here on out is sweep the floor and meal plan, then I think I’ve already accomplished some pretty cool things.
And while all of that is great, I still have a desire, a dream, a goal, to write. And this blog is just the beginning. Let me tell you, even starting this has been no small feat. I am terrible at web design (as you can obviously see), and yesterday I only had two, TWO page views, so I’m not exactly knocking this out of the park. But it is baby steps. It is a start. And I’m making it a goal to NOT break this promise to myself.
“You need to set a goal for yourself and then work your butt off to get there. You need to prove to yourself that you are capable of anything you set your mind to.”
In one part of the book, Rachel tells us that in order to achieve our goals, we have to name them. Say them out loud! Write them down! Don’t cover them up, make them known. It reminded me of a conversation I had last month with a close friend. We spent the whole morning talking about what could be, what we wished was, or what we truly desired. Then I said it out loud, a small goal of mine, and after I said it we both laughed. It seemed so silly, so trivial, once it was said out loud. But it was true! What was that small goal? That I want to make pretty pies. I don’t want to own a bakery or compete on Food Network, although I think those people are pretty awesome, and I don’t even want to sell pies to you. I just want to make pies and people think that they are pretty. My MIL got me pie tools for Christmas and I was so excited! Yes, I can finally make pretty crusts and cut out pretty flowers and leaves, etc. But guess what? Nobody will ever say that I make pretty pies if I don’t get in the kitchen and start making them. I don’t really know why I like baking, or why making pies is fun for me. But it is. And if I can keep this one small goal alive then I can move on to the next, bigger goal for myself.
“Do you stop yourself from daring to try something new because you’re already positive you’ll fail?”
If you are like me and have something hidden in your heart that you want, even if it seems outlandish, far off, ridiculous, unreachable, you need to read this book. No, it isn’t Gospel, but it is definitely motivating and eye-opening. Throughout the book Rachel continues to talk about stopping negative self-talk. We are our own worst critic! And it resonates so much with me. Last year, I was so hesitant to start a blog. I had no idea how to do it and I was certain no one would read it, which according to my stats, no one really is. But that’s ok! Because I’m doing this for me. All those words floating around in my head have a place to land. I had to stop listening to my own self doubts and just go for it! I have learned a lot along the way and I’ve had fun doing it. Maybe this blog is just another domain taking up space on the internet, or maybe God gave me this desire because He has big plans for it! I believe that. I believe that God cares about my heart and the desires of it. I believe that God cares about the words I write and who reads them. And I believe that sometimes God will even give me the words to write.
To sum it up, Rachel tells us that nobody will ever care about our dream as much as we do. It is up to us to chase after them. Sure, we have those who support us along the way. But no one is up with me at 3 am scribbling in my notebook. It’s just me. And that is why I have to keep finding ways to make this work. I hope you can read this book and feel as much fire under you as I did. And I hope you’ll shout your dreams into existence with me.