Today is the day we celebrate and remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK). This weekend has always been one of great memories for me: it usually falls on my brother’s birthday, my aunt and uncle got married on this weekend, sometimes I got a day off, this year it lands on my niece’s birthday, but most importantly I realized that anything and everything is possible if you have a dream!
My Dad is the one to ignite the dream vision for me many years ago. He was involved in the Union where he worked and once did a speech about “having a dream”. His dream was to have the day off and for this day to be recognized as a Holiday. Now he was also being somewhat of an a** here, but he did have a few valid points. First, why not recognize this day as a holiday for the man who led the civil right movement and died doing so? Second, if we have a dream let it be heard and follow those dreams not just today, but every single day.
By definition, a dream is a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep. It can also be defined as a strongly desired goal or purpose.
My dream for years and years was to have kids. I felt like something was missing in my life and yearned to be a Mom. It was a long road; lots of needles, and tears but my dream became a reality. In fact, my dream doubled, and I had twins!
After the twins were born, I realized anything is possible and why do I continue to work an 8-5 job stuck behind a desk all day when I am not happy? So, once we made it past the first year of twin life (holy cow, what a blur), I focused on my next dream: to own a successful Home Organization company. I wanted to take my passion of being organized and helping others to the next level. Luckily, I spoke my dream out loud, to everyone who would listen. I told Lara at the gym at 5:30 in the morning and she immediately said, “let’s do this”. I also had the support of family and friends telling me to go for it! They also provided a lot of knowledge, like do you have a business plan?
I am naturally an organized person, but I soon realized I needed a lot more than that to be successful. Ok fine, I was the girl who alphabetically organized my CDs by genre in my bookcase on my waterbed, so I am truly next level organized freak. That was my foundation, but I had to plan, learn, and grow for 6 months before L+K Home Organization ever became official. Even then, I had struggles and had to continue digging deep. Yet, I continued focusing on the dream. A year later after becoming an official business owner, I continue to reach the next level of my dream. However, don’t let me fool you…every day is not rainbows and butterflies.
What is your dream? A dream can be whatever you want it to be: run a marathon, jump out of a plane, get a promotion, take a European vacation, etc… It could be getting organized, which lucky for you I am here to assist (joking…maybe). No matter what your dream is, it can be accomplished with a lot of hard work, determination, and kicking fear in the butt.
I will leave you with a very strong quote by MLK himself, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
With that, Happy MLK Day and remember to always have a dream!