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Slipper to Shoes

 

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Many of us want to be more than just a parent, spouse, friend or family member. We all have dreams that we would like to see come true someday. The question is: what are you doing to make them happen?

When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a ballet dancer. I took dance classes and my favorite out of all of the classes was ballet. I would watch the older girls in their toe shoes and dream of being just like them. When it came time to advance from the ballet slipper to toe shoes I was told that this is hard work, that you will have to practice as much as you can or the shoes would be to hard for you to dance in.

I took that information to heart and when I got my first pair of toe shoes I was in those shoes as soon as I got home from school every day. I did not walk on my feet I walked on my toes. My mom had to insist that I stop wearing them at times when we were heading to school, church or to visit family. I worked hard to break in my shoes, to be able to walk on my toes as if that was how I was taught to walk. That year I had made it so that I could dance with the ‘big’ girls in class wearing those wonderful ballet shoes. I was only ten years old at that time.

That dream was crushed soon after for me. Not because of anything I had done but because of the financial situation in my life with my parents. They couldn’t afford to pay for my classes anymore and even though my dance teachers begged my mother to do things for them in trade for my tuition it never happened. I remember them telling her that I was the youngest student they had ever had that was really good on my ballet shoes and that I had great potential to be something if she could just keep me in the classes.

I have to say I was crushed. I didn’t want to believe it so I kept walking around in my toe shoes for many months after that. I even got a Ballerina Barbie doll for Christmas the prior year and the only two things I ever had with me were those toe shoes and that doll. Family life wasn’t all it was cracked up to be in our house and eventually anger took hold and my ballet shoes and dance outfits were tossed out so that I would face the truth, then it was my doll that went. Parents mean well sometimes but they didn’t realize how they crushed my dream on those specific events in my childhood.

I turned into a child that was shy, quiet, did what I was told but didn’t ask for anything, didn’t dream of doing anything. When my parents divorced my mom got me a clarinet and put me in band classes at school. The music helped and I was good at that too but eventually I was reminded that it’s only a dream and wanting to play music for life wasn’t going to happen, just like being a ballet dancer.

When I grew up I realized that those that love you the most sometimes can’t handle the fact that you are chasing a dream and making it come true. They feel they should be chasing there own and when they aren’t and you remind them of what they would rather be doing they sabotage even those they love to keep from acknowledging the pain that comes with not chasing your dream.

So I ask again, what are you doing to make your dreams happen? Are you learning all you can about the subject in question? Are you surrounding yourself with others that are positive and go-getters, doers and dreamers? Are you taking steps even if small ones towards that goal around your life? We all have responsibilities and we have to have shelter, clothing and food for our family, and ourselves but what do you do on those off times? Do you sink into the couch watching TV and wishing for a different life? Do you pick up a book and read to get lost in those characters because your life isn’t going where you want? Or do you say I have far too much to do and am far to busy raising my children and keeping them going in all their activities? Are you using excuses like I fail at things when I try them so what’s the point?

No matter what your dreams are also important. Your dreams keep you going and alive in the grind of life. Those dreams give you a sense of accomplishment, confidence and pride in the ability to chase a dream, be an example to your family and know that anything is possible if you work hard and go after it. Do you watch a toddler go from crawling to walking without falling down? What dream are you chasing today and if you haven’t started then why? There is no better time than now. What are you waiting for?

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please share it with someone that you think it would help or touch. I’d like to hear what dreams you are chasing so leave a comment below. Have a blessed week!

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Fall Gardens at Bellagio

Floral Pumpkin at the Bellagio Seasonal Gardens in the Fall.

Floral Pumpkin at the Bellagio Seasonal Gardens in the Fall.

If you ever get to Las Vegas be sure to go visit the Bellagio Hotel. Inside the hotel is a garden that they change seasonally. Above is an image from the fall gardens. They create items from flowers and have beautiful displays throughout this area to look at and enjoy. They even have a talking tree for the fall display. I love going to see what they create each season and have been pleasantly surprised at the creativity and hard work that goes into these displays. It’s in an atrium area where the roof is made of glass and the sun comes in to light up the area with natural sunlight.

Many visitors come to just take photographs of the gardens. They also have some awesome floral arrangements by the registration desks and in that same area there is a spot for seating with blown glass art in the ceiling above that filters light that is quite stunning to view. Make sure if you visit to go outside and walk around to the front to view the fountain that dance to music at certain times of the day depending on the time of year.

There are many things to do in Las Vegas and since I use to live there it is a place we like to visit from time to time to see how things have changed. Not only have the hotels on the strip changed over time but also many activities that you can do for free have evolved throughout time. I’m not much for gambling since I work hard for my money and gambling isn’t something I enjoy doing, but Las Vegas has a lot of great shows, sporting events, concerts, and live entertainment throughout the strip and Fremont Street that makes visiting the area fun. Think of Las Vegas next time you are planning a trip or vacation.

Have a Blessed day!

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First Day of Autumn

Tree Leaves in the Fall - Image by Lisa Ballan

Tree Leaves in the Fall – Image by Lisa Ballan

Today is the first day of autumn for 2014, what a season of beauty. The change in colors in the tree leaves, the various plants and flowers that only bloom during this time are all so wonderful to view. I hope your eyes are open and you are enjoying the wonder and beauty around you. It would be a shame for you to miss it because you are focused too much on work or earning a living. It only takes a few minutes to look around you and take in the season of change.

Above is a photo I took of trees changing their colors for the season. The funny thing is when I took this image it was late October before they were actually changing. That’s how things are in the desert.

I try to look at each season as a reminder that change is a good thing. Fall signifies that the most to me due to how the leaves change colors before they drop off for the next season. Everyone has things in their lives that they wish to change. Why wait until the beginning of the year to do so? Start now baby steps for anything you wish to do are still steps in the right direction.

Many blessings to you today!

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A Little Rain

A wooden bridge in an Autumn forest.

A wooden bridge in an Autumn forest.

The last few days we have had a little bit of rain in our desert area. It is something very much needed so I love getting it after so many days of sunshine during the summer months. The rain reminds me of a fresh start, replenishing living things and a new season of change ahead.

The rain also allows for the air and the living things around us to get a bath and fresh drink of water to help with the changes of fall. The colors on the trees, the different types of flowers that bloom in the fall, the plants and vegetables that grow in the cooler months, all give new life to photographs in a fresh season. Opportunities of new things to photograph avail themselves with each season, but the colors of fall always let me know that the holidays are around the corner.

I hope if you are someone that loves taking photographs that you will use the fall months as a time to experiment and find new things to bring to life in one of your images. I know I love doing the same and I also enjoy knowing that I get to see family and extended family in the months to come.

Let the colors of nature move you! Enjoy!

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