A woman said…if it weren’t for your project and this other one, we would have been no where. I smiled. She said why are you smiling? I said, I started the other project 7 years ago. It is good to hear that my BIG HAIRY BODACIOUS IDEAS that no one believes are feasible when I start – are the very things that matter.
YES! YES YES! I do DREAM BIG and I cannot forget to be daring. 3 months ago
I want some big-scale goals to look forward to and work towards. This is on the “in five years” scale
1. Be enmeshed in a large and dynamically stable community
2. Have a permanent place to live that is small and cozy, with space for a garden
3. Expand our family
4. Create a permaculture paradise in the space I have to grow in
These are not new dreams (except that the garden space is being thought of differently now that I know more about permaculture) but I’d like to think about actively working towards them.
1. Primary source of community: Aurora is rapidly becoming a huge community source for me.
How I am pursuing it now: As I have time I am building individual friendships, volunteering to help with chorus events, taking on responsibilities, and doing more with music. All of these things create many bonds between me and other people in my community. Continue with the good work.
Next steps: Over the summer I plan to set up a regular craft day at my house to continue to connect with these important people while there is no chorus rehearsal.
Other places to build community: I look forward to attending regular game nights again when there is no chorus rehearsal.
What needs work: I need to find a way to keep gamers in my life during chorus time
2. Not ready to actively pursue this goal
3. Not ready to actively pursue this goal
4. Building Permaculture now: I am taking advantage of the balcony off my bedroom to create a balcony permaculture as best I can
Current steps: I am doing a lot of learning – books, blogs, articles, videos, pictures. I am trying things in real life and adjusting how I think about and act in my garden, such as adding perennials and thinking about the relationship between different things in the garden. I was already trying coplanting this year anyway.
Next steps: I still have a lot of reading and learning to do, though I’m starting to internalize the basics. I need to find a local source of permaculture plants. Some are available at my local garden center but many are not. Also I need to seriously consider a worm bin, as other compost options are not viable in the small space I have.
Permaculture steps now, for the future: I got myself a fig tree, which was originally on the mental list for “once I have property” but some of the reading I did suggested that getting trees now and growing them up to bigger is a wise investment, as small trees are cheap. And the old saying is, the best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. So I will be thinking about getting some trees started in containers as it seems appropriate.
Big ideas Wetlands for greywater, pond for life diversity. Even if it’s tiny. I do like chickens but I’m not sure I’m ready even to imagine taking on livestock. 4 months ago
I will keep stepping up
I hereby make a commitment to make a Monday call each week to check in on how things are going. WIth follow-up by Friday.
In this way – my big dream number one will keep happening.
Then, for dream BIG number 2, I am going to do this thing – and max out the opportunity with a of t 5 months ago
My chance to step up BIG.
Will you seize the moment? Will you capture the opportunity?
Going to work on it over the next couple of months. 8 months ago
BIG Stage opportunity…
will you step up?
Do you have the energy?
Is it the right thing to do? 10 months ago
I haven’t celebrated it yet.
Yep…my work getting national recognition….not that i am named explicitly, but my work is.
What does that mean to me?
Who did get named is a leading university and a start-up, by name. Why not me?
I lead from the rear. I still do it.
this past week, the leading university asked me to step in front and lead from the front.
get it done.
more of what i do.
just do it as i know i can.
so we are.
i am. lol
i have already.
i will continue to do so.
i am going to step it up and do this! 15 months ago
I understand how this feeds back to everything.
I respect myself
I gain the respect of others
I grow in my work and life
Because I respect myself…and establish very healthy boundaries around me and what I will and won’t tolerate in my life.
So, the BIG things in life are coming to me.
The BIG things you know can change everything.
Can you imagine how long it has taken me to get here?
Lessons from my daughter in some ways.
Her healthier outlook. I am getting there. I didn’t have the same parent that she did… to tell her that she could have anything she wants in her life.
that she could be anything she wants, if she works for it.
that she is perfect in her imperfection.
that we are all perfect that way.
I strive for that imperfection everyday.
I always reach it.
It is always perfect.
lol 17 months ago
changing the world?
making a difference?
how large or small a difference?
how to leverage my knowledge and experience to do this?
i am in my work. i know i could be having a much larger impact if i focused on this. my bot idea. my book, ebook, website for daughter.
how do you solve climate change? i met a man who knows. the challenge is getting everyone on board and participating in these steps. (the natural step principles if you are wondering.)
i have been involved in creating change and movement. i believe in the big movements we all must make. i have lost my momentum for the really BIG things – while i solve isolated issues for my community – and they can be scaled nationally – and perhaps globally.
but for now – i have back burnered the dream BIG on social change.
not because i don’t believe it won’t happen, but because i believe it will come through social media and crowd sourcing. we will get there. our lives depend on it.
and in survival, we change and move.
it is evolution after all that keeps us here. 18 months ago
i must get this back.
i used to dream big.
i am living big
i could be living bigger…have a larger footprint on impact.
how can i change the world in a much better way?
how can my work affect the lives of many for a greater, easier pathway?
how can I get what i want while lifting all boats?
what is in my heart in the big dream?
what is the biggest dream I could imagine? for me? my friends? family? country? world? 18 months ago
what would that look like? 20 months ago
A group of people who run one of the organisations I’m affiliated with were discussing what we would do in a perfect world considering a particular issue that had been plaguing us. I suggested we put our big suggestions on paper and start to accomplish as many as we can. We did that and so far some of the ideas are starting to bear fruit.
I realised that dreaming big is something I do for other people and definitely at work but never for myself. At both my jobs I have seen how many of my ideas have been implemented and produced meaningful change, even the ones that others had thought to be stupid or impractical.
Now I’ll have to go out and dream big for myself. I am worth the effort and I’m sure the big dreams for myself will pay off the way my big dreams for work seem to. 2 years ago