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. I 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.
These 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!