On June 8, 2014, TV show Scandal creator, Shonda Rhimes, gave an inspirational speech to graduating students at her alma mater, Dartmouth University. And while everything she said rang true, the one thing she said, that really stood out to me, was that dreams don't achieve, actions do. Well, her actual words were: "a lot of people dream, and while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really engaged, powerful people, are busy doing."

How many of us find ourselves dreaming and not doing? We spend our lives dreaming of what we want to become and who we wish we could be like, and yet our lives as we're living them today are in no way preparing us to the point of action.

Well, Shonda Rhimes went on to share how she dreamed of writing like Toni Morrison while she was still a college student, until one day she woke up and realized that she was Shonda Rhimes, and Shonda Rhimes needed to find her own path. She then goes on to tell of the day she met Toni Morrison for the very first time and all Toni Morrison wanted to talk about was the TV show, Scandal.

The inspiration I wish to leave you with, as we go into the new week, is this: Dream your own dreams, for dreaming is great, but find your own path and let that path spur you to action. I've been dreaming of becoming a published author for a long time, and for a long time I've started books but never finished them. I'm glad to say that I finally have a finished memoir, and a novel that is three-quarters of the way done. I'm putting in the work to get there - and some day soon, I will. What dreams do you have, and what are you "doing" to help you get there? Ponder that and let your thoughts and dreams lead you to action - one step at a time. Only YOU can bring those dreams to life.

Happy Monday! I hope you have a blessed and fruitful week,

Best,
Nicole

 


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