As I was not planning any travelling this year, I decided to set other goals for myself, including doing public speaking (done!) and having an article published by the end of year. Well that second one is coming true!!
I had originally sent in an article to a Canadian publication called “Our Canada” back in October 2016 (when I was in China) and had not thought it had actually gone through due to the difficulties with the VPN and internet in China. Well in fact, it DID get sent and I guess it had been in a pile of other articles submitted. I received an email about a week ago from one of the editors asking if I’d still be interested in having it published and could I provide more information? Of course I said YES!
After many emails, searching and sending in pictures, it has been confirmed that in the December issue my article will be published in a NATIONAL magazine! To say I am slightly excited about this is an understatement. I cannot believe that I am actually going to have something I wrote in print for others to read.
It’s been such an unbelievable journey from 4 short years ago, when I was still working as a legal assistant in Calgary Alberta to where I am today. I am so grateful and humbled and just so happy for my life and the way it’s turned out for me.
If I can do this, ANYONE can!!!
If you won the lottery – let’s say $5,000,000 (Canadian – since it is tax free winnings!) – what would you do with the winnings? Would you travel ? Pay off debts and save? Would you do something you’ve never done before, or maybe go somewhere you have always dreamt of seeing?
I have dreamt of what I would do. Pay off my debts. Save some of it. Give some away. And then travel – to all of the exotic places I have always wanted to see. Bali. Fiji. Australia and New Zealand. Take an African safari.
Then I would come back to Canada and make my one big dream finally come true. I would open a cafe. One that specializes in pastries – homemade by me, with coffee on the side. People could come in, sit down, and talk about their travels. That’s the dream that keeps me going. One day it will happen – and even without lottery winnings, I know I will succeed in having that cafe!!
So what would you do if you won the lottery?
It has been a very busy few weeks for me. I have been working a lot of hours, preparing for my presentation and helping out my parents. But I have still been working on my dreams and goals!!
I finally did my presentation yesterday at our public library, on the topic of travelling the world on a budget and with no credit cards. I am very happy to report that it was a great success!! I had such a great group of people there who were inquisitive and engaging, and while I had prepared 30 pages of notes, I ended up basically improvising most of the presentation. It was such a fantastic afternoon and it gave me the confidence boost that I was hoping for to get out and do more public speaking. So a dream went to a goal and became a success!!
I honestly believe that we all have it in us to do this. A dream is just a dream if you don’t set dates to make it happen. That’s what goals are for. Have a dream, write down a date you want to accomplish it by, it becomes a goal!
My next dream is to publish an article, and I have a date that I want to accomplish that by. So the next dream has been put in motion with my goal date.
What do you dream of doing?