Health and wellness,  Inspiration,  THOUGHTS

Live Your Dreams

 

live dreams

I’ll tell you, it’s getting frightening already, hearing about so many people dying, left, right and young! I don’t know what this damn phenomena is about, so many people dying at precarious young ages from horrible illness. Just the other day I told my husband that it is almost like a lottery for those of us who are spared from fatal diseases and whose name is chosen for these fates. This is just not even normal or fair.

As a person who has lived through her own share of near fatal illnesses, I never take my life for granted. And I say it all the time . . . LIFE IS SHORT so why not live it to its fullest potential? So many of us put our dreams and hopes off for tomorrows—tomorrows that sometimes never come. I used to be a lot like some of those people. No matter how much I seemed to spread my positivity around, I too got caught in that realm of “maybe someday I will do . . . ” But I’ve since decided I am not going to wait around for the chips to fall, I am making my own path to my desires and I’m going after them!

It’s so easy for us to become complacent and lost in keeping up with the every day tasks in life and brushing our desires to the wayside until we find we have the time or money to squeeze those pleasures into our life. Things don’t usually fall into our laps, we have to go after them and make them happen. And so that is just what I am doing, working on my dreams.

 

 

We must set goals to attain what we want and where we want to be in order for them to come to fruition. It’s no different than being a writer at home writing books. If we don’t apply ourselves and give ourselves deadlines, the time passes much too quickly. Sure it would be easy to say I’ll write when I have the time and one day I’ll finish another book but that isn’t motivating enough for me so I give myself deadlines to adhere to and then I have a goal that I have to meet which keeps the spark of interest. I said I will have three books out within a year and by golly I fully intend to have my third book finished (I’m halfway through rough draft) and published before this year ends. The same applies to the things I want out of life. I decided I have to reach a little higher to obtain what I want and if that means extending a ladder as high as it can reach, I’m climbing it!

It becomes a matter of rearranging priorities. And I’ve finally decided it’s time to move the furniture around. Yes, I’m comfortable in my cozy home and lucky to be able to write as much as I can without interruption. But what I really want is to live somewhere else for the winter, Arizona in particular. canyon 033 I have always had an inner feeling that is where I belong, I’m a desert girl at heart. I truly believe I lived there in another life as when my foot steps on Arizona/Nevada soil, only then do I feel in my heart that I am home, a feeling I never have any time I return to Toronto after being away. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking to give up my citizenship but I certainly wouldn’t miss the brutal winters. As my husband grows older he has been longing to make this change as well. It’s something that we’ve both been figuring out to find a way to make it happen and we figure in about another year we can. So as a start to our commitment to plan for our dream to happen, we having booked a lovely vacation this fall in Arizona for a little R and R and we have plans to visit some properties with an agent. canyon 023 We are considering selling our home and investing the equity and renting a condo to free us up to be able to travel somewhere else for an extended period of time. We may buy or may rent a place in the desert for the winter months. So that’s my plan. Talk is cheap. We kept saying, one day, one day, well we are going to make one day happen soon!

 

 

It’s nice to dream but nicer to live it!

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.

32 Comments

  • elainemansfield

    Go, Debby. Vic and I spent many a winter break near Tucson, and it’s beautiful in the winter. I love hiking and staying there and it is discouraging to return home to a snow storm, but I love my land and having adequate water. I focus, focus, focus on my dreams, too, but I sometimes drive myself into a hole with my focus. It’s time for a little summer slowdown to find the inspiration for my next book. I’m sniffing around and getting a scent.

    • dgkaye

      No surprise from you Elaine. You have caught on just fine. Your first book will soon be birthed and you are already brewing up ideas for the next one. I await the all! And yes, we have to dream, but there is a fine line of losing ourselves and forgetting to do the work to get where we want. 🙂

  • Christina ~

    You are such an incredible inspiration Debby!! Every single interaction between you and I, be it social media or whichever…I am always so very inspired to truly go for my dreams!This post is infused with your excitement to do what it takes and go for it! You walk the walk dear friend…so many only talk it.

    You are always so transparent, encouraging and supportive to everyone…I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you…from my heart to yours for all you do, continue to do… not only for me…but so many others as well. I know you will be successful in achieving your dreams…and I will push my way to the front of the line to congratulate you for it!! <3 <3 !

    • dgkaye

      I am honoured and flattered beyond compare for your encouragement and that you value what I have to offer. Thank you so much my dear Christina. <3 <3

  • Mélanie

    @”It’s nice to dream but nicer to live it!” – exactement… 🙂 theory’s fine, but better whenever put into practice… 🙂 good luck, stay healthy and “cool”! <3

  • Aquileana

    Hi DG,

    Great post. Always a pleasure to read you. I love your insights are… You really have the ability to perk me up 🙂
    And finally, (last but not least), You look gorgeous in that photo!.
    Best wishes and happy week ahead to you, Aquileana 😀

    • dgkaye

      Thank you sweet Aq for your constant words of praise and encouragement. Wishing you a lovely week too my friend. 🙂

  • aedmonds315

    Love this post!! I’m going for it too Deb, I’m not getting any younger. 2015 is the year I get my dream. We are moving to Sarasota Florida and I can’t wait. No more excuses. And lately things are falling into place. My hubby is retiring, and with my mom sick. No more excuses. We are out of New Jersey and this will be our last cold winter.. Hugs my friend, 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Good for you Annie! Life is short, be happy. Especially that it is so much easier for you as you are already a U.S. citizen, to make the move. It’s a bit more complicated on this side of the border to rearrange our lives and try and get out of here at least 3 months of the winter, so we are going next month to checkout the scene and some properties. When I’m on a mission, I make it happen! LOL xo

  • Let's CUT the Crap!

    Life IS short. You go for it, Debby. We shall live vicariously through you and your desert tales! Already I can’t wait to hear all about all your new adventures. 😛
    In fact you have inspired me to plan my next vacation. Nothing solid, but I must plan.

    • dgkaye

      I don’t have to tell you to live it up Tess, you are wise and aware of the ticking of the clock. Look at that huge trip you went on this year! I always try and have something planned on the horizon once returning home from another trip. It’s exciting to know there is always another trip to look forward to. And, oh ya, look out for amazing scenic pictures! xo <3

  • marianbeaman

    Thank you for re-blogging Kristen Lamb’s post. I saw it on another website and was so impressed I printed it out. Such good information on structure for a beginning memoirist: scene/sequel, point of view, character art & plot arc.

    Also, on your more recent post: Let me say I admire your chutzpah in putting feet to your dream. Here is a verse from scripture that may resonate with you: And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. Habakkuk 2:2 You’re running with your vision – More power to you!

    • dgkaye

      Hi Marian, thanks for quoting that lovely psalm, it actually gave me goosebumps when I read it. That is the mantra I live by. I believe if we focus on what are goals are, the universe has a way of bringing opportunity to attain them. Hence, it has taken me a long time to learn not to dwell on anything negative, for I already know what that brings. 🙂 And, Kristen Lamb is a brilliant writer. I often reblog an article of hers that grabs my attention and find helpful to myself and others. 🙂

  • Holistic Wayfarer

    Your plans for the desert sound wonderful, D. I was surprised at how well I do out here. We all have our own constitution and my body takes well to the drier air. In the Bible, the desert was also a place of profound transformation for all the spiritual giants. =)

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Diana. Yes, my body does just fine in the desert temps as well. It is funny you mention profound transformation because that is how I feel when I’m out there. I will be visiting Sedona, some place I feel compelled to visit. I’m not sure if I will have the time this trip, but I will definitely be visiting next winter. xo

  • Deborah Jay

    Wow, BIG plans!
    You go for it, girl. I totally agree with your approach – life is too uncertain to rely on ‘one day’.
    Almost 10 years ago I lost a friend suddenly and unexpectedly. She had everything going for her – she was wealthy, a successful athlete, aged just 42, and with a 2 year old daughter. But for all that, she had an undiagnosed heart condition, and died suddenly of heart failure while taking part in an equestrian demonstration.
    That changed my life. I’ve done things since then that previously I would have considered crazy and inadvisable, and I don’t regret any of them.
    And guess what? I’m going to carry right on doing them 😀

    • dgkaye

      Ya, I knew there was a reason we connected. We have the same drive. You are absolutely right, that’s how I live. I am sad to know about the friend you lost and I can identify well. I was given a second chance myself after having a tumor on my heart detected only by a fluke, and if it wasn’t detected, I would have been dead within 6 months. That was 8 years ago and ever since that frightening time in my life and surviving open heart surgery, I said, no more ‘one day’. If I want something I go after it and so I am! Thanks for sharing Deb! 🙂

  • coastalmom

    I needed to read this today! I know that I am digging out of last summer’s archives but it’s a funny thing when you go to right where you need to read!

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