Wednesday I received the latest edition of Les Diplômés in the mail with my article about the pianist Alexandra Stréliski. Such an honor to meet and write about this wonderful artist and inspiring woman. Alexandra Stréliski’s music has not only toured the globe accompanying several Hollywood hits such as Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects; it is currently traveling in space with astronaut David Saint-Jacques!
As good news never comes alone, I just received one of the most beautiful compliments. Alexandra’s dad, none other than the renowned publicist and professor Jean-Jacques Stréliski (HEC Montreal), wrote to the magazine Les Diplômés that my article revealed more about his daughter’s determination than we already know. Aww…
So how do I feel today? Well, pretty good thank you. And that has nothing to do with the fact it is Friday. Euh ok, that’s nice too! But I’ve realized that while I’ll always write —and consider myself lucky to get paid to do so, I need new challenges. I have dreams.
”You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C. S. Lewis
My blog, the WP community and my collaborative project with Lisa and Darren (aka Lismore Paper and The Arty Plantsman) bring so much joy —See our latest edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide HERE. I love writing about sustainable fashion, creating designs, sharing tips on how to style certain pieces of clothing or do DIY and empowering people. I wish I could do that full time.
Of course that won’t pay my mortgage and it means letting go of my financial security. If I had no kids I guess the decision would be easier to make, but then again I don’t think the BIG UNKNOWN is ever easy to deal with. Much of the stress that we feel comes from the fear of failure. We just need to have faith and keep working hard. I know, It’s easier said then done.
Remember, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, ”You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
What do I really want to do with my life? Am I ready to make the sacrifices? Honestly, I’m still wondering and I keep thinking that what I have now was once among the things I have dreamed for. So which path to follow? Alexandra Stréliski had to make such a decision two years ago. It took a burn out to make her realize she had to change things in her life. Sometimes, our dreams remain just daydreams for far too long. I wonder why as adult we tend to do that. I mean, do we really need to wait until we hit rock bottom before reaching for our dreams and make them a reality. My mother used to say to me:
”Pursue your dreams and reach out for the sky. You do not want to become a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
At the moment, I am at the stage of planning. I need to prepare for the road ahead. I do so by setting myself realistic goals. Baby steps toward actualizing my new dreams. So I can hopefully grasp the opportunities and fly high.
What about you. Do you have dreams? Are you doing what needs to be done to make them achievable? Or are you sitting in your car (or on your scooter) looking at your dream life through your rear view mirror?
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with strength to keep acting on your dreams and make them a reality.
If you can read French, here’s the link to the article in Les Diplômés: Alexandra Stréliski – Sa musique conquiert la planète
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