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September 21, 2008


I FOUND YOU! Fun, I look forward to sitting down and catching up on your blog. I must go add you to my bloglines.
Glad the pictures went well, I would love to see them!
Can't wait for the melting pot get together.
Thanks Whitney-

I love this post (partly because I love Rebecca!) but also because I love the idea of preparing for our dreams, dreams that we know can't actualize at the moment, because of current circumstances, but by finding ways to reserve some time in our lives to focus on that dream, which keeps us hoping and keeps the dream alive. I am mother of three children and expecting a fourth. I am not working at the moment, but do have "big dreams" and I have tried to craft a game plan of things I can do now to help me realize my dream in the future.

Perhaps the most promising portent that Rebecca can live out this dream is that the American Red Cross has been run by many women (many of whom are mothers as well)!

Wow, Rebecca. I really enjoyed reading your observations - particularly the one about non-profits reporting outcomes. While some relief is difficult to quantify, it's important to try to do so. I remember attending an after school program conference, and a Boston after school program administrator mockingly responding to such an idea, "What if our program's measure of success is, 'All of our students made it through the year alive.'" ...I guess you have to start somewhere.

As Whitney's writing question, I found "writing my dream" an essential part of the process. My writing took the form of a business plan, but that doesn't have to be the case for everyone.

One of my fondest memories is sitting in the SLC airport after an exhilarating day hashing out ideas with two good friends, with my fancy Bose headphones on, cranking up my iTunes and writing the beginning of a business plan on my laptop. Some of the first words that I wrote came straight from the heart and still inspire me: "We believe that we can help students flow with the increasing tide of academic competition and at the same time, develop a sense of self, empowerment, and soul. We believe that both academic achievement and these essential life qualities can be developed through superlative tutoring in a focused learning environment."

Yes! It felt great to write words that meant something - no, everything - to me.

As I wrote, one of my favorite Dixie Chicks songs came on, "Mississippi," and the words just couldn't have been more perfect for the moment:

"Well my ship's been split to splinters; it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, and smiling's free
I've got nothing but affection for those who've sailed with me

Everybody's moving if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Well stick with me baby anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."


I refound you. Have loved catching up on your blog. Loved the part two series; she has a similar dream as mine - emergency preparedness forum. The journal is a great way to stay connected and prepared for the future.

I feel as if I am standing in the same moment breathing the same air. It is refreshing to be reassured from Rebecca's experience that there are ways we can remain involved and inspired to pursue a dream, not being able to live that dream in the moment. I have wanted to get back to helping children and families through psychotherapy, but realize that I am not in the space right now where I cannot hold and work through other people's problems. I have recently realized this limitation. It saddens me that cannot further extend my circle of influence to include another helping role in my life of that kind. Because this dream cannot be realized, I've found smaller helping roles in my community help to fulfill and bring me closer to my dream.

It wasn't until listening to your interview with Maria Carr that I was able to recognize that I have been pursuing a new dream. It has been immensely fortifying to find another dream for the moment, one where I can encourage and remind women that the decisions they make on behalf of their families are vital as are the messages that they tell them about food. Thank you, Whitney, for providing me such empowering and inspiring language which has helped to give direction to my journey. The simple act of labeling it "a new dream" has made it more meaningful.

This is very strange that I find this website in search of a grant to write for a class I am taking. This has been very inspirational to me tonight as I read through this. My husband and I have raised our daughters and have recently started to pursue dreams we put on hold to raise our children. I am currently a student in child and family studies. I always had a dream of a degree in the subject because of my love for children and people. I will graduate this summer. I can't believe how close I am to it. My husband and I just last week were discussing how we could become volunteers for Red Cross. We have experience many tragedies in our lives and would now love to give back some how.

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.


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