When Dreams Come True

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Success Realty

May was an extraordinary month.  My husband who works 50-60 hour per week - and that's a conservative week - has been pursuing his Bachelor's degree in management and leadership for 4 years.  He has suffered through term papers, abstract math, group projects, homework & presentations one night per week & one Saturday per month for 4 years.  We talked about his going back to school when we were newlyweds, making the point that it would be easier to complete his degree without little kids but he was not interested.  It wasn't until he had 2 little adoring Daddy's girls that he committed & decided to finish his degree.  My husband is a good man - he was pursuing his degree & dropped out in order to care for his ailing mother - but I thought he was nuts to go back to school with 2 year old & an infant at home!  Conditions were less than ideal for quiet study time & homework but he adjusted & figured it out.  He was motivated to make his girls proud.  He even based his decision to attend his graduation ceremony on his girls.  He wanted them to see him graduate, even if they didn't understand what was going on.  So when I watched my husband walk across that stage and flash us a huge smile, I just knew he was walking on air.  I was honored to watch his dream come true.

The next day we left for Walt Disney World, a trip we had been planning for 6 months.  Actually I had been preparing for that trip ever since I cuddled with my little ones on the sofa & enjoyed my favorite Disney movies with them.  My heart soared as I heard them sing along with the movies as I did as a kid.  I knew that witnessing them gazing at Cinderella's castle for the first time would change my life.  Walt Disney World castleI researched, I inquired, I planned, I budgeted, I cried every time I saw a Walt Disney World commercial!  The 5 days at those parks have created memories that will last a lifetime.  My girls are not early risers but for 5 days they did not complain about waking up early because they knew we were headed for a new park, new character meeting, new show, new autograph, new adventure.  I overheard my 6 year old tell her little sister "can you believe this is happening??"  My little one told my husband "being here with you is my dream come true!"  I never tire of looking at the pictures of my girls' beautiful smiling faces - no matter how hot or how tired they were feeling.  They got princess makeovers, met 6 Princesses & Mickey Mouse & Buzz Lightyear & Mary Poppins just to name a few characters, rode thrill rides, watched amazing stage productions & played for 5 days straight.  It was the experience of a lifetime & I didn't want it to end.  Disney World truly made me a believer that dreams do come true

when dreams come trueThese experiences gave me chills up & down my spine & brought two things to mind: 

•1         Having a clear vision is essential to reaching your goals.  Like a GPS it guides you get from where you are to where you want to be.

•2         How could I spend so much time & effort planning a 5 day Disney vacation but I do not spend time on a regular basis to plan my work & business? 

The Disney vacation has been on my dream board for 3 years now & it's time to reach for new dreams.  More than ever I am determined to plan my life & live my plan.  I am committed like never before to challenge myself to stretch, to reach, to leap from my comfort zone in order to accomplish levels of success I've never even let myself think about.  Anything is possible & if it is to be it is up to me!

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With Many Thanks, 
Ivette Rodriguez Anderson, SFR
Keller Williams Success Realty
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Hosai Nasir
Century 21 M & M and Associates - Cupertino, CA

awwwwwww I know exactly what your hubby went through.. i am so glad it all worked out and you guys are doing wonderful....

Thank you for sharing your personal blog wtih us...

Please keep me in mind for Northern California

Hosai Nasir


Jul 17, 2011 07:57 PM #1
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Ivette, what an inspiring post! Both in spending quality time with family and in making things happen (business and personal). It IS amazing what we can accomplish when we put our minds to it isn't it? Do you have a 'reunion fund' started yet (so you can plan a trip to go back to visit Mickey and Buzz)?

Just a thought too, there is a group you may think about posting in. Late Night, Early Morning at ActiveRain is the name, nice group of folks, fun and spunky when they need to be. BananaTude is another fun lot of professionals.

Jacque & Larry


Jul 17, 2011 08:25 PM #2
Natalie Vizir, Broker Associate Dana Point Laguna Niguel Homes For Sale
RE/MAX Signature Services - Dana Point, CA
Natalie Vizir

Cogratulations on acheiving this goal and for having the ability to recognizes the importance it will have in your future (and now, for posting it, it may affect others as well!)

Jul 17, 2011 08:56 PM #3
Aileen Parks


I am in tears! What a great experience for your entire family!! Congratulation to Brian. You must be so proud. Thanks for sharing. It certainly is very motivating and refreshing to hear success stories like these.


Aileen and Jeremy

Jul 18, 2011 01:36 PM #4
Julie Anne
Keller Williams - Deer Park, IL
Real Estate Team


Congratulations on a great blog and a great dream come true!  You are right about when we put our mind to something and stick to it...it happens!  I am so happy you and your family experienced your dream.  My kids still talk about our trip 18 years ago! 

Julie Anne


Jul 18, 2011 03:17 PM #5
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