Do you remember Melanie Griffith in Working Woman?
How about Julia Roberts in Erin Brochovich?
Or Dolly Parton & Lilly Tomlin in 9 to 5?
The dream of making it to the top are childhood memories of mine, believing..one day I will have the "one idea" or the "great inspiration" for the next big...you know the dream.
I actually remember telling my parents in high school I there was no need to learn to keep house or to cook for large groups of people because when I graduated college with my PhD I would hire someone to do all of the cleaning and cooking for me. Funny how life works out! I graduated high school in 1990 and it took until 2007 to make it to college. I taught myself everything there is to know to make a safe living in the corporate world, and I worked at a dead-end job with corporate america until 2012...all the while dreaming about what if... In 2012, tired of always being a part of dream going no where, I cashed in my 401K to start my own business.
It is a year later, and honestly, the first year of business owning didn't turn out quite as I expected it to. I have a dream and have yet to accomplish what I set out to do a year ago. Lesson learned: be sure when starting a business to start with the dream rather than the "after" dream (definition of "after" dream is the dream(s) that comes after the dream you have always been dreaming...the after dream).
What is my dream? To write and earn a PhD in Psychology. The dream building in my head since I was a child is:
To offer affordable coaching to the economically challenged by way of personal & business development, balanced living skills, and a mental tool bag providing opportunity to learn how to persevere and overcome any given circumstance in life.
I am finally at peace with life. The thumb in my back has disappeared. The idea of receiving a PhD keeps me moving in forward in school and now I have actually started writing someplace public. I woke up this morning believing I am living the dream...the beginning of the dream. It only took me 41 years to get here, and 22 years after graduating high school. This just goes to show it is never to late to head in the direction of your dreams.
So, as the saying from my favorite movie goes, "What's your dream?" (Pretty Woman)