A goal is a dream with a deadline

I actually put blogging on my weekly schedule.

Seriously. I had to pencil it in. Because I wait for a really great story to present itself and next thing I know the week is gone, and I haven’t blogged. It’s the Arnold Weekly. So, I kinda need to blog weekly. I actually named it that cause I thought blogging weekly would be a breeze.

Ha ha ha.

But anyway, I put it on my Google calendar as “Blog and enjoy a cup of Joe” on Thursdays at 10 am. So, here’s to being regular. 😛

I had an English teacher who told me not to start every sentence with the word “I”. Sorry, Teach. You’re gonna hate this post.

I have so many dreams. I think that’s part of being a creative person. I see potential in things–and I want to do ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE THINGS NOW!

:::Wanted to put an image here, but WordPress and the computer wouldn’t play nice together. Why can’t we all get along?:::

I want to be a great mom and raise happy and bright children. I want to be there when they need me and be able to pick them up from school when they’re sick or go to school functions. I want to be available.


I want to grow as an artist and learn a crap ton. <–Official artist lingo. The tools I need are here, but no amount of tools make up for practice and hard work. I need to draw–a lot. Work hard, play hard.

I want to write. This is more of a bucket list thing. I write in my blog and that rocks! So fun and fulfilling, but I want to write a story. Definitely not the great American novel, though. I want to write the same fluff that I like to read because… why not? lol It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized not everybody gazed out the car window and saw a woman in white being chased in a field by some unseen force. Or told their children elaborate stories based on characters they made up. I think this is why I loved babysitting so much. I got to spend my days playing pretend with kids all day!

Being creative is like being a time bomb. Sometimes you feel like you’re about to explode with the energy and excitement of what you want to do. If I don’t find an outlet, ie drawing or knitting, I tend to go on baking sprees. lol

Other times, I get so worn down from busy schedules and housework, that trying to muster some creativity is like to trying to drink the last drop from your empty glass. 😦

I have this cool sign on my desk that says “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

One of my favorite authors, Maggie Stiefvater, said that “the world will bow down for goals.” See the correlation? A dream is just a dream unless you have a deadline… then it’s a goal and the world will bow down for goals.

Mind. Blown.

I’ve always waited for things to be handed to me. For someone to say, “We love your work, come work with us.” Did anyone hear opportunity knock just now? No? Me neither.

But I never thought about making a list of deadlines to meet and taking charge myself. And honestly, I’ve always been a little afraid of success–afraid I couldn’t keep up once I got there. Afraid to fail.

So, I’ve decided to change the way I work. Time to be a little left-brained and more organized. Schedule blog time. Schedule art time. Participate in NaNoWriMo and WIN!

To my readers: Go get ’em, tiger! Go get inspired. Go dream. Go do the thing! And don’t stop until it’s yours. Make goals, set deadlines, and kick fear in the face!


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