Welcome to my first blog post.  I have so many ideas and topics that I want to write about that I am not quite sure
where to start.  So let me start with some ideas and vision for where
I hope to take this blog.
First, I want to be transparent with my struggles and challenges.  I hope by sharing these I can help other people overcome their challenges.  I am also hoping to start a discussion. To have you, my fellow dreamers, give ideas and advice that I can use and we can all share.

Field of Dandelions representing all of the dandelion dreamers our there

The second thing that I have been contemplating for the last few weeks is “don’t worry, be crappy.”  A huge stumbling block to starting anything new is we are not willing to be beginners and fall on our faces.  We don’t need to be perfect, we do need to try, to start.  I hope that my initial blog posts will not be too crappy. However, please feel free to send me corrections and suggestions below or in the contact page.   I will try to become better at this. 
The third concept that I have been mulling lately is that in trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.  I wish I knew how to have Rick Nelson’s song “Garden Party” playing in the background.  People pleasing can be a huge stumbling block to being who we are capable of being.  There are so many “shoulds” in our lives. These are based on expectations from society, family, friends and even ourselves. It doesn’t leave any room or margin in our lives to let our true selves shine.  I hope to encourage everyone to find their passion and nourish their dream.  If you are the only one that is pleased with you following a dream or doing an activity that is approval enough.  Pleasing ourselves (while doing our duty) can refresh our souls. It allows us to become the person we always hoped we were.
So to recap, to nurture our dandelion dreams we need to:
  • Be authentic
  • Don’t worry, be crappy
  • Pleasing ourselves is reason enough
I hope you enjoyed this first post and am looking forward to reading your comments.  Let me know your thoughts.   I would love to hear what you like and don’t like.  I am open to any suggestions, questions and topic ideas you have.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and share if you think it is worthy.  I will post again next week but until then . . . keep dreaming

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

8 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. I love it!

    Your third observation made me think of a phrase I heard on a podcast recently, “Don’t ‘should’ on yourself.” In other words, don’t make your decisions based on what you think you “should” do according to the expectations of others. Instead, seek to be obedient to God and live according to his calling on you and the way he’s designed you. So good!

    • Thanks, Casey. I agree. Should is such a loaded word! Says who??

      If we can get clear on what we want in life and take action to accomplish that – life is so much better!

  2. I just love your content. I grew up with Ricky Nelson & the Garden Party. I really loved his music.We don’t have music like that anymore . I think your first post is very catchy. I’m not good at this stuff but you don’t know unless you try. Have to take the first step sometimes. I gave up trying to bend over backwards trying to please everyone but me. All I ever did was make the upset tripping over myself. Now I just please me and don’t care what they think any more. I just stay to myself. It’s better that way. Spend all my time working on my house. It doesn’t get mad at me.

  3. Dear Barbra,
    I am sure you will be great you always t s have b been inventive and not at r aid to try n Ewing this—you go girl.

  4. This is wonderful, Barbara! It is refreshing to read words of encouragement that are posted just for that purpose, to encourage, and not to get me to buy one thing or join someone’s team selling something! Keep blogging, your words are real & helpful! I’ll keep reading!

  5. I second the idea that we need to give ourselves room to fail on new ventures. Who ever accomplished something with excellence on their first try?

  6. I am going to make a sign saying “Don’t worry, be crappy” and put it on the back of my front door. This by far is one of the biggest stumbling blocks I’ve noticed in my own life. I have so many ideas and dreams that I want to embark on, but I’m so afraid of falling flat on my face with that first step that I stand in the doorway of those possibilities, and I stare outside wondering what it might have been like. I need to remember that failure IS an option – and not only that, but it is one that will grow me.

    This is beautifully written I can’t wait to read your other posts!

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