If there ever was a dreamer, it was me. I have a new project, goal, dream, vision, etc. just about every other day.  If my husband, David had a dollar for every “I have a vision…” he would be a very rich man.

One thing I am incredibly thankful for is that my parents taught me how to use my imagination, encouraged my dreams and aspirations, and instilled in me the belief that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. This is truly a gift that I hope to pass down to my children (one day) and view as a parenting triumph on their part.

And man, have I ran with my dreams or what.

But what I want to remind you today is this:  That while you can do anything, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything. I am learning this the hard way.  Because it is easy to become a slave to your dream, a slave to making it happen.

I didn’t even realize that is what was happening until the thought poured out on paper in a writing session last week. You guys, crazy as it sounds,  there absolutely is the potential to become a slave to your dream

So instead of letting it overtake you and dictate your every move, dominate every decision you make to where you feel like you need to “make it happen” every second of every day.  Take some time to plan, block off time to accomplish your goals, and carry on life with a sense of normalcy beyond that.

You don’t want to get to a place where you have neglected self-care and all of a sudden your whole body hurts out of the stress of working day and night to make it happen.  Do you?  I thought so.  Not fun.

And that is what I have done.  I have run my body into the ground in the process of making my various dreams happen all at once.

If one thing I’ve realized, the process is just as beautiful as arriving at the desired goal.  That can sound almost as cheesy as “it’s not about the destination but it’s about the journey,” but I realize there is some truth to that.  Because there is always a “what’s next” when you arrive there.

Oh, and did I mention, you can’t spend your life in the fast lane without some unhealthy repercussions.  Slow down.  Take time.  Take care of yourself. Don’t become a slave to your dreams.

Take some time today to intentionally plan out some ways you hope to accomplish your dreams.  But also take some time to set some work/life boundaries.  When you are pursuing your dreams, it doesn’t always feel like work until you realize you haven’t actually taken a full weekend in six months.

You need this.  Your dreams need this if you hope for any sort of longevity. You can do it.