Posts in Inspiration
Three of My Most Epic Fails

Failure is a good thing. It's proof that you're human and making an effort to do something. I believe that the only way to improve is to keep trying. A lot of times, people make assumptions about how I must have things together. Well, I don't. Sorry to disappoint you, it takes a lot of hard work to rebound from failure and it never stops. I'm committed to doing what I have to do to avoid bad quitting. To that end, I have had some pretty public and extremely embarrassing failures in my life, but I survived them and you can too. 

1. I didn't apply to a single college before I graduated from high school.

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Failure vs. "Bad Quitting"

One of my favorite phrases to use when I know I have totally landed flat on my face is "epic faill!" I have no problem claiming my failures. They happen. I'm human. We all are. To me, failing is like doing a belly flop at an Olympic dive competition. You just know that you didn't quite measure up and in that moment there's no coming back from it, BUT there's later! You could always train harder and dedicate yourself to redefining that moment by using the knowledge gained from the failed experience to become awesomer! Solid plan, right? Who doesn't want to be more awesome? 

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Acceptance Does Not Equal Avoidance

A few weeks ago the lovely ladies over at Werk Chic Magazine and I wrapped up a month long journal challenge. I learned a valuable lesson. Avoiding something, anything - people, feelings, mirrors, outcomes, even bills, does not equal acceptance. To truly accept something, we have to understand why the situation or thing is difficult to accept, come to grips with how we feel and then decide how to handle the situation

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Hello Dreamers + Werk Chic Magazine Journal Challenge

Have you ever heard someone say, “I love myself, flaws, and all”? This would be an easy statement to live by if you understood that self-acceptance offers you the beauty of loving yourself even when your less than positive traits pop up. Think about it, we often give people the benefit of telling them that we love them unconditionally while placing all sorts of conditions on how and when we will love ourselves.

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Soulful Sunday: Tina Roth Eisenberg

This Sunday, I thought I'd share the video that really inspired me to look at Hello Dreamers as more than an idea. I randomly happened upon this video and it quickly became one of my favorites. I watched this video once, sometimes twice, a day for weeks. Each time, I'd build up a little more nerve and focus. I'd keep a notepad out and every time I had a thought or idea about Hello Dreamers, I'd write it down. Before long, I had a pretty compelling list of reasons to pursue Hello Dreamers with all of my heart and I also had a few reasons to feel confident about my decision. 

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Soulful Sunday: Dreamers woManifesto!

A manifesto is a public declaration of aims or policy. We decided to write a manifesto, aptly entitled the Dreamers woManifesto, to serve as an affirmation and source of encouragement each and everyday for our fellow dreamers. Sometimes we all need an extra push. We hope this will help. The Dreamers woManifesto was introduced last month at our inaugural Dreamers Brunch. It received so much praise that we decided to dedicate today's Soulful Sunday Q&A post to it. 

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Sometimes You Just Have to Admit It

Sometimes it can be difficult to admit our shortcomings. Pride steps in and immediately we're wired to try to figure out how to handle it (whatever it may be) even in the face of disastrous results. It just seems that admitting that we need help is a sign of weakness and seems kind of embarrassing. I am convinced that it takes more energy to try to figure out what to do than it does to just let it go and ask for help. This post hit me like a ton of bricks this morning at 4:45a.

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Three Tips to Help Maintain Your Focus & Passion

Have you ever been recognized for a special skill or talent? Maybe you are a great singer, writer, baker, designer, organizer or any of a million other awesome things. Great! You've got a sought after skill! And, I bet you're excited about sharing it with everyone who asks for help. Yep, been there, too. Unfortunately, I eventually got burned out. The requests kept coming in and I kept saying, "Yes!" Pretty soon, the skill that I was so happy to have turned into something I wished I could hide. I felt overwhelmed. Everyone had decided that I was the one to go to and all I wanted to do was find a moment to read a magazine or shop for nail polish.

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When Making a Passionate Decision is the Only Option

Just over a month ago I launched an exciting personal project that would allow me to harness my talents to create something awesome that I’d have complete creative control over. Nothing huge since I’d be working on it in addition to my full-time job. I figured I’d develop and maintain an eye-catching social media presence and host a few brunch events. Just enough to satisfy my desire to share inspirational stories with people online and in pretty places in my free time.

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