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Activate Dreams to Improve Wellness

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If you’re looking for inspiration to act on a long-standing dream, then look no further, because January 13th is Make Your Dreams Come True Day, challenging you to do something to get closer to goals and dreams.

While the origin of this holiday is unknown, do you suppose it is coincidence that it falls right around the time when most New Year’s resolutions are failing? I submit that the creators of this day knew exactly what they were doing.

In 2006, I made a resolution to be more social. I craved friends, and being new in town, I was starting pretty much from nothing. I enlisted the help of my sister who lives in town and my husband to make my dream come true. My husband and I decided to search for a church we could join. As an adult I had never belonged to a church and wasn’t even sure what that meant, but I was determined to find out. After researching, and trying out a couple, we found one we liked and joined -- we even joined a small group there and became good friends with some of the members.

My sister and I decided to start a second chapter of my women’s group I had previously begun in Phoenix. She called a handful of her close friends and found two who were interested in starting a group. So we got together and mapped out a plan for building a group that met our goals to find friendship, networking and philanthropy opportunities. Now we have roughly 15 who come to our gatherings each month.

Not long after making my resolution I found out I was pregnant. This gave me a wonderful excuse to join some classes. I am happy to report that I am still good friends with a handful of ladies with whom I went through prenatal yoga and water aerobics classes.

My dream was realized that year. So how do you go about making your dreams come true?

Start by making a list of what steps need to be taken to make your dream happen. Be as detailed in the steps as you can to keep you from being too general and not thinking the dream or goal through. What will it take to get it done? Money, school, or help? Document it.

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