Earlier this month I went to Paris. It was my second trip to Paris in six months, and I was so grateful for every moment of both trips! I was truly giddy with excitement because going to Paris was a dream 47 years in the making. I first learned to speak French when I was 7 years old, and from that time on I had this deep desire to visit France. And yet, I never went. In Oct. 2014, that dream came true. And it changed my life – and me – in so many ways.
On my recent trip, I walked up and down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées the afternoon I arrived before stopping in a little cafe for dinner. A couple next to me struck up a conversation. I learned they were from Norway, and they were absolutely lovely. The woman (in her mid-40s) was surprised when she learned that I was there by myself. She told me she could never travel by herself. I told her that this was actually my second trip to Paris by myself, and that it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
That conversation made me realize that many women have so many dreams inside of them that they either no longer remember, or they think they’ll get to them “some day.”
We aren’t guaranteed five minutes from now, let alone that elusive “some day.” You know the one: Some day I’ll visit (insert anyplace in the world). Some day I’ll write a book. Some day I’ll paint. Some day I’ll go back to school. Some day I’ll get married. Some day I’ll (fill in the blank).
Sadly, in the process of growing up and making a living, many of us have forgotten our deepest dreams and desires and have no idea how to reconnect with them. Here are three tips to help you begin to uncover some of yours:
1. What did you love to do as a little girl? Make a list of activities you loved as a child. Are there are ways you can bring pieces of those things into who and where you are now?
2. What did you want to be when you grew up? You might think it’s too late, but you might be surprised at some of the ways you can incorporate some of it into your current life.
3. What do you daydream about? Let’s be honest – we all still daydream! Where does your mind go when it wanders? Keep a list and see what comes up. (You might be very surprised!)
There are still many things I want to experience in this lifetime, and so many places I want to visit. Several years ago I realized that I don’t want to get to the end of this life with any regrets over things I didn’t do. Going to France by myself (when I’d never even been to Europe) was definitely out of my comfort zone! But I met people and saw places I will never forget. I sat outside little cafes on the sidewalks in Paris drinking wine and eating croissants (not at the same time!). I strolled along the Seine River one early Saturday morning in May. I now have my own pictures of places I’d only seen in books.
What’s something you’ve always desired, but haven’t yet experienced? Please share in the comments below! And if you haven’t yet had a complimentary discovery session with me about turning those dreams into reality, email me to schedule a time. I’d love to help you make your dreams and desires come true – like I’m making mine come true!