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"CIRCLE OF SISTERS", compiled by JoLyn Brown, is a collection of short stories about Relief Society and Visiting Teaching that was published by Walnut Springs. Four of the book's 50 stories were written by me! Available NOW for purchase at Deseret Book and on Amazon. I am one of the featured authors on JoLyn's blog. Click HERE to see. Click HERE to read a review by Sandra Nazar at the Deseret News.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Turn Dreams into Reality

Have you ever had a dream?  It could be something you've wanted to accomplish; maybe visiting a far away place; or becoming something great? Have you ever had anyone tell you, "You're dreaming?"

Of course you're dreaming! We all have dreams. We all have things we would love to accomplish or become someday. Today I challenge you to turn your dreams into reality. We are all capable of doing this. The first key is to START. Just break it down and take it one step at a time.
  • Write down your dreams. Once a dream is written down, it becomes a goal.
  • Write down three steps that will bring your goal closer to reality. Three steps feel more attainable than an open-ended dream.
  • Make a timeline. If you write down an actual date or deadline to work towards, you are more likely to accomplish your goal. A deadline will help make your journey feel real.
  • Make a reward. What will happen when you achieve your goal? A shopping spree? A trip? A night out on the town? Or the simple, yet satisfying feeling of realizing your dream has come true!
The second key is to not let anyone tell you it can't be done. The minute you give in to this ridicule, your dream will remain a dream. Instead, let the nay-sayer be the one left with eyes reeling when they see you are living your dream. Remember that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance. Nothing will happen if you just keep dreaming about it. Put your dream into action and make it come true.

The third key is to believe in yourself; believe that you deserve to be happy; believe that you are capable of making things happen. When you have this kind of faith in yourself, you've got the world in your hands. Do something great with your golden opportunity.

Finally, don't give up! Too often, we give up on our dreams if they don't happen on the first try. We figure we're better off, or tell ourselves, It was just a dream! Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Your dream might take years and years of hard work before it becomes a reality. But, that glorious day of celebration will never come if your dream gets sidelined by self-doubt.

Every dream is worth working for. Dream big, then work hard. You are just as deserving to have your dreams come true as anyone else. What will set you apart from the next person, is how hard you work to turn your dreams into reality.

Dream Big


  1. I did just that with my first book of poems, now I'm on my second. I have accomplished quite a few dreams in the area of travelling.
    If you haven't got a dream you have no hope in life.


  2. Dreams can be beautiful things, but i like how you stress the importance of making a plan to actualize your dreams.

  3. Amen! I love this post! Some dreams of mine really need to turn more concrete.

  4. I have a lot of dreams. But they're so completely ridiculous such as "Go to the arctic circle" or "Sell a million copies of my books" or something.

    Thanks for the positivity. Not enough people are positive these days.

  5. I still will try and achieve all my dreams. And yeah, one step at the time will maybe get me close.


    Do you have any dreams?