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Having Dreams vs Owning Dreams


It’s 6:23am. I’m about to head out to Arizona to meet with some of our favourite clients!   Not only do we get to abandon the cold – YAY – these guys are wild and fun!  Our first stop as soon as we get off the plane?  An NCAA game!  Go Wildcats!!  I haven’t been to a basketball game in ages but I’m looking forward to screaming my head off at young guys running around in shorts haha.

Anyway, I was trying to rest before I finished packing, but I kept hearing this thought…

‘It’s time to own it!’

And I felt prompted to get up and write.

At the middle of last month, after several years of not really wanting to make my life an open book and delve into the world of blogging, I suddenly shifted.  I realized this was so much bigger than just what I wanted to do or felt like I could do.

The deadline

Adam @ ManvsDebt had contacted me to do an interview for his podcast.  Being one of the top 10 in the class to get rid of the most debt, he asked if I would share my story.  Now, unless you know me well, I’m a pretty shy and private person.  Far more introverted than my husband who amazes me to no end with his ability to talk the ears off of strangers.  But I figured if sharing my emotional battle with money could inspire others, I should do it (even though on most days, it’s probably the last thing I would want to be that transparent about with strangers).   Then after getting over that hurdle, I thought, you know what, if I’m going to do that, I might as well bite the bullet and start my blog.

So I used the timing of that interview as motivation to kick it in high gear and work on my blog.   With only a couple weeks and my responsibilities at our 2 other companies, I arguably had many good reasons why I shouldn’t feel pressured to make my first blog a big deal.  But I have a habit of putting unusually high expectations of myself, or at least that’s what they keep telling me – although I’m still not convinced:).  I guess I will give them this, I find it really difficult to do things half-a$$ed. This has always felt like more of a flaw because it means I over think things. My husband says, I dive headfirst into things, which I find funny because I definitely don’t see myself as much of a risk-taker, but he’s right.

Case in point

  • Years ago, we had some friends that had a magazine that we wanted to help bring into Canada. Two weeks before the event we were going to launch it at, they backed out so I created a new magazine and we launched it ourselves.
  • I read a really good book on investing in real estate in Canada, and it was all I could talk about.  Immediately, I started looking at buildings to buy, then ended up turning our first home into our first rental property.
  • When I feel like it’s time to move on, I move.  I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking about it.  My husband and I have been married for 10 years and we’ve relocated almost twice as many times as years married.

I could go probably on…

Back to the blog… I had two weeks before the interview with Adam was scheduled, and I dove in hard!  And I finished it and launched it the night before the scheduled interview, but then guess what happened the next day?  No interview LOL.

I was literally in hysterics, I found the whole thing hilarious, but it really didn’t bother me in the slightest even though it had already been rescheduled once before.  The deadline served its purpose…now I had a blog.

Here’s the thing though, it’s been almost a month and I haven’t really done much with it.  Sure yeah, I’ve posted on it, told a handful of people, commented on a couple blogs, shared it with Chris G, but that’s pretty much it. Ok maybe that doesn’t sound that bad but for Pete’s sake, I own a web development company – I know what to do.  And for whatever I don’t know, there’s the Internet so I can definitely find it.  There’s really not much room for excuse.

You feel me on this, right?  Sure, I know, we could easily come up with a myriad of reasons (most of them probably psychological) why we simply, ‘have a dream‘.  But I realize, for me, now’s not the time to simply have dreams…
it’s time to own them!  

So as soon as I get back…No more ‘having dreams‘, it’s time to own this sucker!



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