Friday, August 12, 2011

How are you doing?

When last did you stop to think about how on track you are with your life?  Is this something you regularly do, or hardly ever do?

When we are kids growing up, we always have these childish dreams about what we want to become when we grow up.  My dreams were varied.  Firstly, I wanted to become an airhostess, but I wasn’t tall enough.  Then I considered nursing, but realized that I didn’t really like the thought of cleaning up after someone else.

I considered horticulture, until I worked at a nursery with a German owner who clearly had no regard for people and especially not the people who worked for him!

I had a natural listening ear with a calming temperament (or so many people told me) and with that, decided to study psychology.  Of course this was not easy initially.  I had to confront a whole lot of my own personal demons before I could progress in my studies.  I became angry about opportunities I felt I never had when I was a kid.  I realized that I carried a lot of grudges and hurt from my past and mostly; I realized that before I could develop as an individual I had to forgive people.

I always thought that forgiveness was a religious thing and could never quite figure it out.  I would go through stages where I felt that I was able to forgive someone but then I knew I could never forget the injustice they had caused and would vow to secretly pay them back one day or hope that what goes around, comes around.

After qualifying, I opened up my own private practice and after a while took all my work online – I was one of the first people in Australia to do so and was amazed at how much the online world needed me.  Life was and still is great.

After a number of years, I decided to further my studies and took up an education in Freelance Journalism.  While still studying, I was fortunate enough to purchase my own newspaper business.  Whilst I was never a Rupert Murdock (neither as wealthy nor as ruthless), I loved the business and took it to a new level by cutting costs and increasing sales and then taking the business online.

I did things that I always dreamed of.  I traveled extensively, mostly on my own and loved every minute of it.  I met some fantastic people along the way, and also some not worth mentioning.

Every time I took stock of my life, I was amazed at how far I’d come.  I would always think, “was I really that little girls?” and yes, I was.  I was a little girl with dreams.  I was a little girl on a mission, stopping at nothing to achieve my dreams.  When the road got difficult, I became more determined.

I’ve always forced myself to look back over the past couple of years to take stock of my life and to think of the achievements I’ve made and I’ve always been happy.  I never rest for a single second.  I hardly sleep because my mind is too active, probably planning my next trip or a new adventure.

In the past two years I have published a book; my latest and greatest accomplishment.  I look back and am proud.  A new adventure is waiting for me.  I have no idea what that is yet, but I have every confidence it will be here soon.  I look forward to the challenges and the excitement and I look forward to taking stock again and wondering how I possibly achieved so much in such a short time.

It doesn’t take much to achieve your dreams.  All it takes is determination and perseverance.

When you look back, what were your dreams?  Did you achieve them?  What’s stopping you now?  Don’t you owe it to yourself to do better, go farther and achieve more?

Go on, I dare you… take a step in a positive direction and start achieving your dreams.  You’re never too old to deserve happiness and accomplish greatness; all you need is to take the first step.

~ Vanessa

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