We all have dreams. Sometimes a dream can be as simple as a day in the sun or walking on a beach somewhere peaceful. Other times, a dream could be of a house or a new car, a dream job, an awesome partner to share your life with. Big or small, we all have them and they are important to us. What’s even more important is what we do about them.

It takes time, perseverance and a lot of work to make some of our dreams become reality.    We save, we work overtime, we learn new skills…When a dream is really important, we find a way to make it happen.

The thing about a dreams? They belong to us. They’re our dreams, no one can take them away.

Dreams can change over time too. My dreams as a child and as a young adult are far different from the dreams I have now. As a little girl, I dreamed of a yellow bike with a basket in the front and of writing fairy tales about far away places, and of a little white puppy to call my own.

As a young adult, I dreamed of becoming a stylist and owning my own salon, of having a family and a house with a swing-set in the back yard, among other things.

Now, I dream of long walks on the beach, spending the cold winter months someplace warm, watching my grandchildren grow and enjoying everything around me, a more simple life.

I was thinking about my dreams the other day. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice at times but… I still have that yellow bike hanging in my garage, (the basket fell apart years ago.), I am the proud owner of two little white rescue puppies who love to cuddle every day. I have the most amazing daughter, along with two beautiful grandkids and a son-in-law who I wouldn’t trade for the world. I have my house and my gardens, I had the business which I sold because it was time for a new dream. I’ve traveled, I’ve loved, and I’ve written it all down. It feels wonderful.

Dreams are stepping stones in life. Each one you accomplish brings a new one into your heart. It’s how we grow. Dreams keep us moving forward, they keep us alive, and they give us hope.

Oh, and that fairy tale I wanted to write as a child? It’s called Shattered Pearls and it will be available April 3.

Dreams really do come true

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