It is already closer to the end of January than the beginning, what the heckles?! Annnnnd, I've already failed a few of my goals. Awe-some. What I'm learning is that the pursuit of a goal, a resolution or a dream is where you can discover your grit. I am developing new strengths and finding new weaknesses which is a process that is both exciting and frustrating.

I'm not a big fan of making new year resolutions. I always felt like I was setting myself up for a big, fat failure. A resolution tells me, there is a problem that needs to be solved, with an answer to be found. That is such a concrete concept in my mind so, I don't make resolutions anymore.

A dream, however, allows me to pursue the seemingly unattainable without a set expectation of the process to reach the end result.
It allows me to fail without losing sight of my target. Learning from failures is all a part of the progress to becoming a better me. For example, this blog post was supposed to go live last week. Instead of being super discouraged, I gave myself grace to accept that this post will go up when it needs to and sometimes that means not on my schedule. My dream (which I'll get to in a sec) is still intact; perspective is cool.

Let's talk about dreams for a moment. I love looking up the definitions of words because other people are so much better at getting to the point. So, I consulted my friends Merriam and Dictionary. They talk about dreams like this...

  • An idea or or vision that is created in your imagination and is unrealistic.
  • A fantasy. (like winning that Powerball jackpot. I was sure it would be me!)
  • Something that fully satisfies a wish.
  • To contemplate a cherished aspiration, ambition or ideal.

My favorite definition of the word dream was, "A strongly desired goal or purpose". This particular one resonated with where I'm at in my business. I know my purpose in life is to glorify God with the gifts and talents he has blessed me with, which happens to be "making things pretty". My purpose in life has led me down many paths, some great, some not so much. I'm making progress toward becoming the Mom, Wife, designer, and business owner God intends for me to be. I will not reach perfection until I'm walking streets of gold, until then, I do my best.

This quote by the magnificent dreamer himself, Martin Luther King Jr., speaks volumes to anyone being brave. I know so many incredible, gorgeous women who are stepping out in faith to accomplish the dreams God has placed in their hearts. I have found inspiration from them in each conversation, blog post, instagram, and emails we've exchanged. Their struggles and plight to reach for their dreams is nothing less than inspirational. Which brings me to my dream and hope for this year... I want to step into the world of stationery to provide inspiring products. I have no idea what that looks like for ink and mouse, LLC but, I'm very excited for the journey. I will mess up, I will make the wrong decisions, I will take the wrong roads occasionally... I am a work in progress. My dream is a work in progress. I am taking a step of faith and I have no idea where this staircase will lead. Let's just hope it doesn't lead to a broken ankle because I am kind of a klutz. Here is what I do know, this year will be full of unexpected blessings, new relationships, and opportunities I can't even imagine.

There is a fabulous conference that I wanted to attend but, I have learned about it too late and was unable to pull together the funds needed to go. I chose to be brave a few weeks ago and launched a Booster campaign to see if I could get a little closer to raising the money I needed for the conference. I believe in what God is doing in me and through me. Even though the conference is not going to happen for me (this year), I anticipate and expect God will move through my business in big, awesome ways. The proceeds I make from the sales of this t-shirt will go towards my education in the stationery industry and investments in product manufacturing. I want to publicly say THANK YOU to the following who have purchased a "Work In Progress" tee and supported my business:

Anonymous (x2)
Beth V
Kayla B
Gina L
Amy N

The t-shirts will be available for purchase until this Friday (1/22/16). You can purchase your shirt here:


In my next post, I will share how I'm learning to set achievable goals, the tools I'm using to organize myself, and a list of the goals I'm working toward. Until then, dream on dreamers! I would love to hear what dreams are in your heart, would you share in the comments below? How can I support you along your journey?

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King Jr. -