The other day, my publisher asked me to answer a few personal questions to post on their website. One of them was to name a quote I live by. Now, in general, I'm not a quote kind of woman, so I was stumped for a few moments. Then I thought about this month's blog inspiration, and I realized I didn't need to go hunting for the perfect quote. I already had one right here.
Live the life you imagined... Do most of us heed those words, or do we get into a rut of work and responsibilities and forget we once had dreams... Our family has made a choice to live the dream. Back in the day, I tried the real world of having a "grown up" job with all the pressure and responsibility that entails. But I wanted to be home with my girls while they were growing up, and I wanted to write. So that's what I did. Now I work part time at low-key jobs that allow me to use my time writing. My husband is a contractor who loves to ski and mountain bike. So he works as much as he needs to and isn't afraid to take days off to ski when we finally get a powder day. The trade off is no expensive vacations. No fancy cars. I wear jeans and T-shirts. I buy what's on sale. But we're living the dream and are much happier for it.
I believe we've also instilled those values in our daughters. They aren't afraid to go after what they want. When my oldest started looking at colleges, she applied to several Ivy League schools. Her attitude is, why be afraid to try? Why not go after those dreams. Of course a lot of hard work and determination went into her decision... We'll know by the end of the month if it pays off. My younger daughter is still feeling her way, still forming her own dreams. I can't wait to see what they are!
So, are you living the life you imagined? It's not too late to start!