“I have a dream, a song to sing/ To help me cope with anything/ If you see the wonder of a fairy tale/ You can take the future even if you fail/ I believe in angels/ Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels/ When I know the time is right for me/ I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream.” -Abba
Once upon a time in land called Orange County, there was a lowly grad school student trying to find her place in the world. With a heart full of ideals and her head in the clouds, she pursued a Masters of Arts in English as she chased after the dream of teaching literature classes to college students. Well, she taught, tutored, and graded, and then taught, tutored, and graded some more until the ball and chain of English 101 composition papers sank her energy level from a load roar to a dull hum. Then tragedy struck. Her hopes of a stable future shattered when she became a single mother with no more energy left to take work home and grade during the wee hours of night. After a time, she was forced to become like everyone else and take a day job (and a pay cut), but this job allowed her to leave work at work and home at home, so she found it was worthwhile in the end. Years passed, her daughter grew into a young lady, and she found she had more free time at home. Low and behold, she found a new dream. And then she remembered the most important lesson she learned in grad school.
Dr. Smith was her mentor professor. She was brilliant. One day, she asked Dr. Smith how she completed her dissertation and, to her shock and amazement, this is what Dr. Smith said. Fifteen minutes a day. Yes, she worked on her dissertation in fifteen-minute-a-day-chunks.
With the daily demands of work, parenthood, and homeownership, it is easy to understand how life snatches every last morsel of inspiration and creativity a person might have. However, the moral of the story is that even single parents can embrace the power of fifteen regular minutes set aside to chip away at any given project, including a big dream. Because a dream takes consistent work, like the most important things in life, you will have to become intentional about making it happen. Here’s how:
- Start by writing your dream on your daily to-do list. This way, you will begin weaving it into your life.
- Use your dream as a motivator, the item you work toward at the end of the day. Perhaps this practice will help you to work through your to-do list more quickly.
- If you are too tired at night to dedicate time to your dream, wake up fifteen minutes earlier to make it your first priority in the morning instead.
- You will find you have increased energy, happiness, and inspiration from spending time working on your passion.
- Enjoy the baby steps along the way because the journey can be as thrilling as the destination.
What is your dream? All it takes is fifteen minutes a day consistently to start making it happen!