I am sharing this post as a reminder to myself (and anyone else that might need to hear it) that dreaming big and not being afraid to go for it can lead to some pretty amazing adventures.
Today marks the 20 year anniversary of that time this mural (and my friend & business partner, Zoë, and I) were on the Oprah show after a whirlwind trip to Racine Wisconsin (and Chicago!) to paint a surprise mural for one of Oprah’s angels, Julia Burney (now Witherspoon).
In April 2001, our mural and decorative painting business was still just a fledgling company... I was a young, wide-eyed dreamer who was only a few months away from getting married. When Zoë and I saw Julia’s inspiring (and close to our hearts) story, I had no doubts about what I wanted to to. I wanted to volunteer to paint a mural for her new reading center, so I immediately emailed Oprah... No second guessing, no hesitation, no questioning whether or not it was a crazy idea.
Looking back, there is a lot that I can learn from my younger self. So, to celebrate this special day, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that I knew then (without even realizing it!!), but need a reminder of now:
1. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. So, you might as well PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE.
2. POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS, if you...
3. DREAM BIG, WORK HARD, and GO FOR IT!
4. It’s okay to be nervous... Feel the fear, but DO IT ANYWAY! And, finally...
5. FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD.
If you’re interested in reading more about my time on Oprah, you can find the whole story on my website HERE.
I would love to hear about what big dreams YOU are dreaming today!
(Please share them with me in the comments!)