Monday, March 23, 2009

Dream the Impossible Dream!

I want to welcome you to my blog!! Thank you for tuning in as I share some of the lessons I've learned in life to be "Simply Joyful" and to truly live my heart's desire. This may sound overly optimistic or Pollyanna, but I've found through hard experience that we can be the creators of our lives - either good or bad.

At the end of the year, 1776, Robert Morris wrote a letter to George Washington. He stated that the year was over, and may there never be another like it! Well, that was how my husband and I felt about 2008. I'm not going to go into the details here and now except to say that it was physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausting to say the least. Yet, something remarkable happens when the storms of life occur. It waters and maybe even floods the ground, but eventually as time passes that ground is nourished to a much deeper level and the roots are fed and strengthened; the grass grows richer and greener, and flowers begin to bloom after the rain!

At the end of 2008, I decided to write out my obituary. Please don't think me morbid, but a wonderful mentor of mine told me to do this activity. What did I want to be said of me at the end of my life? What was I born to do? This was an interesting and eye opening exercise. I then wrote out my 20 year, 10, 5, 2 1/2 and 1 year goals. How big could I dream? I was not interested in merely surviving; I was interested in thriving! It wasn't about how much pain could I endure, but about how much joy could I hold?

Believe me, I had experienced my own personal hell so deeply and had felt surrounded by so much darkness that the thought of being the creator of my life was liberating. I had to take responsibility for attracting the trials that had come my way, own them and feel the pain that they caused. I had to look myself square in the face. This is not always easy, but it is empowering! My belief system is such that I believe we have the potential within ourselves to one day create worlds. If so, then why wouldn't God allow us to demonstrate this creative power in our own lives? How exciting!

After I had listed my heart's desire, I decided to create a dream board for 2009. I gathered magazines from all around the home and cut out pictures to detail my dream 2009. It was so fun. The sky was the limit. Now, that board hangs on my bedroom wall where I see it several times per day. It is already remarkable to me that many of the things that I had posted have already come to pass. So, I challenge you today to list what your heart's desire is. Know this with absolute clarity. Write it down and even create a board if you would like. Remember, it's not about how much pain you can endure but how much joy can you hold!


  1. Wow Stacy! You are always an inspiration to me. I love your positive outlook and you are just an amazing person! I am so lucky to be your sister. Your blog is so neat!
    Love you, Linda.

  2. Welcome to the world of blogging!!! It can get quite addicting so be careful! :) I will add you to my list of blogger buddies so I can see when yo update. Our blog is Brandon has a dream board in our apartment. So fun! You're awesome! Wish we could see more of you guys. Tell the family hello and we love you all.

  3. Stacy! I just learned about Dream Boards and have it it on my mind all week!! You've inspired me to just to it already!! Thanks.....and I'm glad your blogging!! Keep up on it, you can turn it into a book through, check it out! I made amazing books from my Dad's funeral. I think it's something that you would really enjoy!!

  4. Very Inspiring Stacy! I have found my blogging experience to be fun, rewarding, and therapeutic. It has been a great outlet for me. I am so grateful that you are blogging now as I find it a great way to keep involved in the lives of the people I love who blog! Thank you for allowing yourself to be vulnerable and for letting us learn from your experiences. I love you dearly and can't wait to see you again! Love to the fam., Sharlie

  5. Stacy-
    I blogged about you today...come check it out.

  6. Yeah Stacy! I've been waiting for you to start your blog and I'm excited to see that the time has finally come. I can't wait to read more.

  7. Yeah! Another family member blogging! You are amazing Stacy and I feel happy to keep in closer touch with you through blogs. It really is fun. You are so inspiring!