Chase The Dream

Chase The Dream

When you know, you know.

Everybody has a childhood dream. That being said, how many of us actually stick with and fulfill those dreams? As we get older, reality sets in that we probably aren’t going to be a princess or president. (My personal dream was to be a nail technician). Sometimes we even have realistic dreams but they get crushed by someone. Why is it that we let other people dictate our dreams and aspirations? Of course, we need to be realistic with ourselves and be responsible with decisions, but we also need to be happy. Dreams can be anything we want them to be: to be a mom, to move across the world, to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. No matter what the dream, everyone’s purpose is unique to them and every dream matters.

I once read a book that discussed dreams and it changed my life. My favorite part talked about how if your dream is meant to be you’ll know because you can’t let it go. “Sometimes we may bury that calling for a season or try to walk away. But in the quiet moments, it keeps coming back. It pulls at us and demands our attention.” The decision to chase my dreams was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I spent three years going after something I wasn’t meant for and it ate me alive. To be completely honest I didn’t even really know what my dream was. I just knew 100% what I was chasing after at the time was not for me. So I started searching. I did every kind of test possible: from personality assessments to strengths/skills, and everything in between. Once I finally realized what I wanted, I was relieved but still scared to chase my dreams. What would people say? What if it’s too hard? What if I fail? What if my dream isn’t really my dream? What if these feelings are just temporary? Let me tell you - since the day I said yes to whatever this dream throws at me, I have had an overwhelming sense of peace. I have no idea what my future holds but I know I’m on the right path. Has it been easy? No. Have all of my supporters been on board since day one? No. Have I had to make sacrifices? Of course, but I know in the end it’ll all be worth it.

If you feel lost and have no clue what your dream or purpose is that’s okay. If your dreams change along the way that’s okay. I was recently told, “Your time is never as cheap as it is now.” Explore your options. Try different things. Worst case scenario, you don’t like it and you try something new. Best case scenario, you discover your purpose. Whatever you try, stay true to yourself. Don’t chase a dream that isn’t yours. A dream doesn’t have to be some crazy plan you only see in movies. Your dream is unique to you and that’s important to remember. Do what makes you happy and fulfilled.

Everyone dreams about how their future will be. Especially as young adults, we think about how good things will be once we get through this stage of life…..getting a big house, a nice car, or a cute dog, and not eating frozen dinners or ramen every day. But why do those things just have to be dreams? My dad always told me “If you want something you gotta work for it.” That family-owned restaurant, best-selling novel or thousand-acre ranch won’t come easy, but it’ll be worth it. But I will warn you, don’t have false hope. Your dream won’t occur like a Hallmark movie. There will be setbacks and obstacles you have to overcome, but getting through those hard times just makes you stronger. At the end of it all, you can look back and be proud of yourself.

I encourage you to chase your dreams. Don’t compare your dream or journey to others because everyone is unique and has their own passions. Don’t let others dictate your happiness. After all, it’s your dream, not theirs. If your supporters really care about you, they will come around. You only have one life to live, so why not chase your dreams? Who knows, it might be better than you ever imagined!

P.S. if you’re struggling with your dreams check out “You’re Made for a God-sized Dream” by Holley Gerth. It’ll rock your world!!!

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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