It All Begins With A Dream, A Story. Stay True To The Dreamers Story.

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Promise to stay wild with me.  We’ll seek and return and stay and find beauty and the extraordinary in all the spaces we can claim.  We’ll know how to live.  How to breathe magic into the mundane.

  – Victoria Erickson

I think that turning our dreams into realities is all about staying wild.  To stay adventurous and be curious.  How to breathe magic into the mundane.  It is about touching the stars and flying with dragonflies.  It is about dancing with fairies and talking to the moon.  It is about following Alice into the mirror or down the rabbit hole.  It is about returning to Oz for more adventures.  The imagination is critical to planting the seeds of our future.  Don’t listen to those who purvey logic and say it can’t be done.  Listen the to whisper of your heart as it leads you to create what others can’t even imagine.

Refuse to be that person that, like so many others is still driving down the same road years down the line, mournfully longing to go back in time to be given just one more chance to take the road they should have taken because they ignored all possible extraordinary signs.  It’ll never get easier to make the leap and this is your chance, so make the change.  Take the road now.

  – Victoria Erickson

The things that we do and don’t do shape who we are.  They put detail into our minds, bodies, heart and soul.  The stretchmark’s of childbirth.  The laughter wrinkles.  The broken hearts and mended souls.  We have learned how to be brave, smile through the tears.  We promise ourselves and our loved ones that whatever tragedy is happening in our life – we will still be okay.  We have learned how to shift our patterns through the tides of change.  How to ride the wild waves and make it back to shore.  How to stand in the wind and adjust our sails.  And we have learned to leap.  How to leap out of the ocean depths and fly across the water.  To ride the storm and make it back out into calm waters.  We are not settlers.  We didn’t settle to drive down the straight and narrow roads, that ones that don’t lead to adventures.   We chose the road to adventure.

I have the deepest affection for intellectual conversations. The ability to just sit and talk.  About love, about life, about anything, about everything.  To sit under the moon with all the time in the world, the full-speed train that is our lives slowing to a crawl.  Bound by no obligations, barred by no human limitations.  To speak without regret of fear of consequence.  Talk for hours and about what’s really important in life.

  – Unknown

I love my tribe of special girlfriends.  We sit around the fire and drink wine and talk.  We talk about our lives and solve all of our problems.  Then we move on to solving all of the worlds problems.  My mom would always ask me what we talked about, and I would say that we just created a better world for all of us.  There is a movie with Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ullmann called “Mindwalk” – it is about a lawyer, a politician and a scientist who meet up at Mont St. Michel.  They get caught up is the magic of having one of those kinds of conversations.  They explore everything as they walk around the castle.  I loved the film because you see how exhilarating a conversation can be when you aren’t arguing with each other but instead opening up each others minds to explore new ideas and concepts.

The idea is to live your life in a way that makes you feel lit up.  Alive.  Fully fledged.  Beautiful.  Know and find what nourishes you inside out, bones to skin and then build your world from that alone.  All else is not part of your revolution.  Or your ultimate evolution.

  – Victoria Erickson

Our dreams are meant to be moments of connection.  Connecting ideas, concepts and changing the reality of our life.  They are expansive.  They flash across time and space, to a point in the future and then ricochet back to us with what the next step is to make them a reality.  The dreams are fluid and watery as they flow and adapt to new information.  They are always moving forward, never retracting.  They are malleable, luminous, free like the clouds in the sky to form new patterns and shapes.  Follow your passion. Listen to your heart.  Don’t be afraid of changing and adapting.

There’s a turning point.  It arrives when we find ourselves quietly hovering inside the realization that the choice is between two pains:  the pain of the jump or the pain of regret.

  – Victoria Erickson

Leaping is such a wonderful visual word.  Like you have a “pride of lions”, for leopards, it is “leap of leopards”.  When a leopard kills an antelope it has to take his kill high up into the trees. If he doesn’t other animals will take his kill away from him.  The adult male leopard with 80-198 lbs, and the female 63-132 lbs.  An antelope outweighs the leopard with the largest weighing more than 1,000 lbs.  So if the leopard doesn’t balance his leap perfectly, it risks being crushed by their own kill.  If they don’t make the leap high into the tree branches, it risks losing his dinner and starvation.  Every time I see the word leap, I think of the leopard.

Remember that you are more than skin and bones.  You are one thousand stories of before.  One thousand stories of potential.  One thousand stories you’ve yet to see and know and feel and breathe.  There’s more to come.  And it’s something beautiful.

  -Victoria Erickson

If I don’t leap, I won’t be able to continue bringing my dream into reality.  If I do leap, I know that there are times when I will fail.  Experience has shown me that I will then need to regroup and leap again.  To rise up and continue my journey. Since there will be pain of failure, pain of regret, or pain of the leap itself, I tip myself over the edge with the knowledge that I can flip my fears into courage.  There are thousands of stories yet to be lived and told over the campfire.  There is so much more potential to be revealed.  I am still unraveling the parts of me that don’t belong and uncovering the true me that I buried so long ago.  So when I am given the chance to leap, I take it.  I live a new story.  I share that story with you.  I can’t wait to hear your stories.  To hear your dreams of realities not yet created, as well as all of the transformations you already have unveiled.

There will be certain people and places that’ll open your aliveness, flooding you with the same awe and sweet ache as a thousand daydreams revealed.  Hold these connections close, for one day you’ll know a clearer view of what they truly were from the beginning – still moments of perfection in an ever spinning world.

  – Victoria Erickson

So as you sail about in the sky, reaching for the castle of your dreams, treasure the still moments of perfection that happen along the road.  Make sure you take time each day to dip your toes into the pools of still moments of perfection.  See the daydreams unveil themselves.  Get a clear focused view, an eternal moment of clarity.  Take out your compass and adjust your course as needed.  Stay in the wild spaces.  Keep leaping.  Remember to live your life not in the past, or in the future, but in this moment.  Feel the love, the joy, the happiness and most of all live with an open heart to see the beauty of your life in its thousands of forms.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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