Never Stop Day Dreaming

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

This time last week I was employed as a Travel Nurse Recruiter. Every Monday I put on my business casual attire, prepped for my commute and committed 50 hours a week to my cubicle. I was unhappy in this role and had begun to look for new opportunities. This time last week, I also sat with my 16-year-old, MS diagnosis, anxiously preparing for my first MRI appointment in over 4 years. I had the conversation with myself that if the results came back positive, I’d use the knowledge as a stepping stone, as a huge thank-you to my mind & body for collaborating over the years to grant me the gift of health.

Fast forward, one week later. It’s Monday and I’m sitting in a cute coffee shop, walking distance from my condo.  Wearing a bright colored sundress and comfy flip flops. I’m writing this blog post on my own time… because I was laid off from my job on Thursday, out of nowhere. One week later, I know the results of my MRI. Learning that my brain is as healthy today as it was 4 years ago–that no new lesions formed in the years I chose to live medication-free– gives me confidence in the decisions I’ve made until now, in regards to my MS Diagnosis.

In the matter of one week, my entire life changed. My daydreams came true.

According to Wikipedia, “Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.”   To this I say…sounds freaking awesome! Those that know me, know I am a dreamer, whether it be about my job or my health, the place I call home or person I need to show up in my life. However, in the past month, I began to really pay attention to my thoughts. I visualized my daydreams coming to life. I saw myself in a place of comfort, I sat with the feeling of freedom. I talked in the now of having good health. And I fully believe, that as a result, my thoughts became my new reality.

Positive daydreaming is healthy.  It relieves stress, inspires creativity, cleanses your spirit and gives you a vision of what could be. Pay attention to your visions and thoughts– they are POWERFUL!  Just like focusing on the negative can create an unwanted outcome, focusing on what you want is a tool used to create what you hope to happen, bringing positive events to your life. If we aren’t dreaming, we are not setting new goals. Without new goals we feel stuck and when we feel stuck, that’s when we start to worry and be afraid.  There is a difference between ‘dreaming’ and ‘doing’, but all goals start with a vision.

I was ready to be let go from my job…but the one person I never told that to is my boss, who made the unexpected decision. The images from my MRI provided necessary evidence to give me and my loved ones peace of mind in regards to my health. I can’t show you the feelings I visualized and allowed myself to feel, believing I would be handed positive results.  What I can say with confidence is that my heart and my head collaborated. I knew that I really wanted my dreams to come true.

My question to you today is, what do you want to happen in your life? What are your Day Dreams? 🙂

What is a “Profile Page” ?

bagsThe other night I literally woke myself up from a dream, grabbed my newly purchased notebook from the sale section at Urban Outfitters and began to scribble down my thoughts.

This is what I wrote:

What really is a Profile Page? We are given a template. We chose what we want to “share” with the world. Our Hobbies. Our Interests. Our Favorite Movies. But… who are we really trying to impress? Do you think you are really getting the chance to “know” someone based on their favorite book?

What if there was a section called “Baggage”. I mean, seriously, we all have it so why don’t we admit it to ourselves and to others? Are we scared that people would not want to “be our friend” on Facebook if we actually chose to be honest with ourselves and others? What if we listed a struggle with alcohol or food addiction? A horrible ex relationship? Money or health issues? Don’t you think our baggage plays as big a part of who we are today and how we got to this point in our lives as our love for music?

Personally, I think so.

And yes, I am grateful for mine!!! How else would I have learned so much! The best part is when you meet a person that shares that the same baggage: POOF, instant connection! Kind of like me and my MS. It blows my mind how many people I have met that are such important friends in my world due to the fact that I have an auto immune disease. Call it a twist of fate.. but I believe it is more than that. It’s the baggage that brings us together!

It simply comes back to how you chose to define friendship. I like to think a real friend knows everything about you and loves you just the same! So… if this is the case,  how many of you have really taken the time to KNOW people? To listen? To learn– and still love?

Ya know, if I were to meet a person and they claimed that they were able to look me in the eyes and say that they did not have any baggage… well, that would make me more worried than if they did!!!

Our baggage is like a building block… one colorful piece at a time. It means we have LIVED. We have traveled the many roads that our journey has put across our path.

Bring on the cargo of life 🙂