On Living My Passions & Dreams!

So, I posted last week about why I was not celebrating 5 years of service my employer. After that, I really wanted to write about discovering and living our dreams and passions. I tried to get that post out all day and failed. Miserably! The words just wouldn’t come out the way I wanted them to. I had the ideas but the words were stuck as if my brain was filled with tacky glue! I decided I’d get back to it before this #bloglikecrazy challenge was over. So, here I am trying again.

I can’t get away from it. Everywhere I go, everything I read (ok, maybe not everything, but almost) is about using your gifts and talents. I read a blog and it’s about living your dreams so here’s what I think. I’ve got so many passions and so many dreams I don’t where to start! It felt really good to admit that J So, yeah. I’m a photographer and still learning to call myself a writer. I have a heart for my community, my people and people that struggle to get by every day. International missions is one of my first loves. In July 2009 I had the amazing privilege to travel to Cape Town, South Africa. I was there for a week and my sole purpose was to shower small children with love. I fell in love with one—Tandiswa. I’d bring her home with me today if I could!! When people that don’t know me see the picture she and I have together they ask if she’s my child 🙂 I’ve been researching my family tree and that has taken over my life! I love it! I stay up late to learn all I can. It’s such a joy. I’ve become the obnoxious kid that tells everyone they should be learning their family histories as well. I’d love to help people do that. I’ve taken on the role of accountability partner to a writer friend of mine to help ensure her books are written in a timely manner. We communicate once a week at least. In addition to helping her stay on track I’ve been doing research to help her find a publisher. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed that as well and can imagine do that for a living. I’ll stop here but there’s more. I’m embarrassed. I mean is this normal? Maybe I’m a renaissance woman!

This is so important for me because I want to leave a legacy for my son and any other child(ren) I may have. When I’ve left this earth I want my accomplishments to speak for me for generations to come. Does that make me vain? If it does, oh well. I’ll be that. I am convinced I was created to do great things and live a life of greatness. So, what’s the hold-up?

What say you? What are your passions/dreams? How do you want to remembered??


For Our Children

Just a few things some mommy friends and I would like our children to know 🙂

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

~Frederick Douglass

“While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.”
~Angela Schwindt

I will love you every day for the rest of your life, even after mine ends.

I don’t promise to be perfect, always get it right or be free of contradictions. Mommy will make mistakes—you will too. Let’s be gracious to one another.

I don’t promise you won’t have days where you feel mommy is mean and selfish. The truth is there may, well, will be, some days that mommy is being mean and selfish. I do promise to keep those days at a minimum.

I don’t promise to always have the answers, only that I will always help you find them.

Mommy doesn’t know everything. I expect there will be countless days where I’m learning from you.

I will listen to your voice. I will learn your heart. I promise to encourage your gifts, skills, talents and abilities.

I will not accept anything less than your best.

I will teach you what I know and how to research to find your own answers.

Discipline is inevitable. You are my son and you will know how to properly conduct yourself.

Mommy will do what’s best for you even if you don’t like it.

I will do all I can to set you up for success.

I won’t always tell you what you want to hear but I will tell you what you need to hear.

Some days mommy will be like sandpaper to you but know that when it’s over your rough edges will be smooth.

You are your own individual. You don’t need to be anyone else.

You are more powerful than you think.


You have a village looking out for you. Remember that and take advantage of it.



If ever asked my great accomplishment in this world, my answer will always be you.

Mommy is supposed to be the one teaching you but instead I’m learning so much from you.

I will never tell you anything that will hurt you.

The world is yours so I will always encourage you to follow your dreams and to never take “no” for an answer.

I will always have your best interest at heart.

I never knew I could love something or someone so much until you came into my life.

I promise to always love you, be a shoulder to lean on, support you and always listen.

Regardless of how bad of a day I’m having, you always make everything better.


Every day, loving you is teaching me how to love unconditionally.

My dreams for you are bigger than the dreams I ever imagined for myself

I’m blessed to know that God entrusted me with one of his most precious creations

One day you’ll understand why I tell you “don’t ask me why.”

What about you? What do you have to say to your child(ren) or the children you hope to have? Feel free to leave a comment below 🙂