That feeling when your dream is finally within reach and you suddenly don’t feel ready for it anymore

May 11, 2018

So this is exactly how I’ve been feeling.

After working really hard over the last many months – a lot of things are within reach for me right now and I’m noticing how I am not exactly leaping up to meet them.

I’m suddenly feeling “not ready”. I’m thinking of all the reasons why it’s better to just slow down, or think smaller.

Or just wait. Put it all on hold.

I’m not rising up to meet my dreams. I’m shrinking back.

Because guess what? Getting exactly what you want can be a pretty scary thing. It’s just easier to feel dreamy and optimistic about a faraway dream.

This is one of the (many!) paradoxes of living with your dreams.

You want it and it’s scary to get it.

And if you’re like me and you have that “shrink back” thing happening – it’s ok! It doesn’t mean you’ll never actually get to hold your dream.

It just means you need to work with the part of you who wants to shrink back. These are your next steps.

Bringing love, acceptance, healing and transformation to this part of you WILL lead you to your next steps on the path to your dream.

Ignoring your feelings when you’re kind of freaked out or worried about your dream is like tying your shoelaces together. You’re going to have a really hard time with your next steps until you untie them.

PS: This is the kind of work we’ll be doing in Project Miracle: facing whatever it is that is stopping you and shifting it.

It’s pretty amazing the kinds of miracles we can conjure when we bravely face our own inner worlds.

We start on Tuesday. I hope you’ll join me for it!

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The thing you’re most afraid of has the potential to be your biggest teacher.

May 9, 2018

the thing you're the most afraid of has the potential to be your biggest teacher

 

Last week I shared my new program: Project Miracle. It’s starting next week: May 15.

I’ve been getting a lot emails about it – emails that are FULL of vulnerability  – the longing and desire, the fear and uncertainty.

Because your dream is how your soul calls you towards your true self, because your dream will grow you and heal you, because your miracle will pick you up and move you deeper into all of this – it’s vulnerable.

The thing you’re most afraid of has the potential to be your biggest teacher.

Like if you say “I’d like to do Project Miracle but _____”  consider that whatever comes after but is exactly where you’re going to find your miracle.

Miracles don’t come from spiritual by-pass, thinking positive and praying for it in just the right way.

Miracles come when you dig into the hard stuff.

So – if some kind of fear or doubt or old story or limiting belief is telling you that you probably can’t go miracle-seeking right now: consider that this response is a GOOD THING.

FOLLOW IT.

It’s leading you to *exactly* where you need to be to get what you want.

And yes – inside Project Miracle you get TONS of support for being afraid and getting stuck. Because this is where the real work happens!

Your fears and stucks are always WELCOME in my circles.

Your fears and stucks will be treated with love and respect. They are a part of you, we will bring them the love and healing they need.

In focusing on bringing love and healing to the places where you get stuck – you actually make space for miracles to happen.

You don’t have to wait until you don’t feel afraid or unsure. You can step forward and claim your miracle shyly or bravely or excitedly or tentatively.

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If you have a creative business you want to meet my friend Libby.

May 8, 2018

Before we begin: this is a post all about a wonderful woman who helped me with some business stuff.  Libby’s not paying me to do this or anything, I DO NOT do sponsored blog posts on the Creative Dream Incubator, I’m just so grateful and excited about what Libby has done for me and I know a lot of my readers would want to know about her so I want to share the love.

After 7 years of doing the Creative Dream Incubator as my full-time job, I took a step back starting last fall, looked at *everything* and spent a lot of time exploring how to make it all better.

That was a process that lasted about 8 months. Now I’m in the process of taking everything I learned and putting it into action.

While I was doing that exploring, I knew I needed to get some help. I have done business and marketing coaching with different people over the years, and I take new business classes regularly, but I was feeling like I didn’t quite know what to do on my own to bring this new vision I had to fruition.

Luckily, Libby Dickerson found me.

Libby took me on an adventure of exploring the inner and outer aspects of what I have to offer and who I want to offer it to and how I want to offer it.

Every call with her left me feeling more in love with my work and more optimistic about my plans for my business.

She didn’t throw a “traditional marketing structure” onto my business, crushing all of the creativity and uniqueness I have. She worked with me to build the structure, from the inside out, that would best serve me and the people I serve.

Now that we have finished the program I have more clarity than I thought I could even have. There is still a TON of work to do to IMPLEMENT everything, but I feel inspired and excited to do it.

My creative process for putting all of these ideas into place – both my marketing plan and the new programs I want to create – feels lighter, easier and more fun because of this structure we built in my business. Like everything has a place. Everything has the support it needs. Everything just makes more sense.

I don’t feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants, which is how I was feeling before.

I don’t feel overwhelmed or like I’ll never catch up with all of my ideas, which is how I was starting to feel.

I don’t feel penned in by my marketing plan, which I was afraid of when we started. I didn’t want to make some big elaborate plan and then feel stuck in it.

I don’t feel like I am being sleazy about marketing, which is the other fear I had. I actually feel like I am going to do a better job of being a light for all dreamers, regardless of if they join my classes or not.

Libby’s new book is out today: Content Marketing Playbook.

It’s designed for the creative business owner who loves their business, their customers, and their products, but does not love marketing. If your belief system runs counter to the swarm of internet marketing madmen intent on fleecing the masses, this book is for you. Use this system to create juicy, vibrant content from the heart that brings customers to you when they need you the most.

If you are a creative entrepreneur, or want to be one, I cannot suggest her work highly enough.

I also encourage you to sign up for her newsletter and learn more about her marketing membership program.

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Grab the replay now.

May 1, 2018

your dream is waiting for you to come true

So today I did the live (free!) class: Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True.

I have been doing the Creative Dream Incubator as my full-time job for 7 1/2 years…. I’m still just amazed that I get to have this dream come true!

About eight months ago I was feeling like it was time for the work to evolve. I started looking at how to build a new framework for working with dreams – something that would recognize and work WITH the infinite complexities involved in actually making a dream real.

Like it’s not about positive thinking. It’s not about visualizing your dream so that it just manifest for you. It’s not about working your ass off and hustling for it. It is about how your dream grows you towards your true self towards – your creative and spiritual potential which is such a complex process.

The reason why you don’t have your dream yet is because you are here to create it! Your dream is yours to create!

This becomes tricky because we live in a world that is hostile to dreams we all end up inheriting these belief systems that make it really difficult to believe in ourselves, to believe in our dreams, to be willing to take the steps to do the work necessary to actually make our dreams real. Never mind all of the obstacles that are in your path!

So this is what I’ve been thinking about these last eight months and this is what I’ve been exploring – how to work with all of this. With all of the hard parts AND with all of the really amazing parts of how powerful and creative we actually are and how much really is possible for us when we connect with that inner power.

So I am just so thrilled to be at this point in this process to be able to have this idea – this framework of how to work with all of this – to share with you.  I completely believe this framework will make it easier than ever to stay in the process long enough to get to where you want to be.

So the class recording is available now.

If you get emails from me then the details are in your inbox. If you’re not signed up you can do that here (or at the bottom of this page).

The class is 90 minutes long. If you can find a time when you can work through it undisturbed – that would be the best way to get some real insights about what YOUR dream needs right now.

I hope you love it,

Andrea

PS: I do spend 5 minutes at the end talking about my new paid program which uses this new framework, but this class is NOT a promotion for my paid work. It’s me sharing this framework for working with your dream.

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You’ve already got what you need to get to where you want to be.

April 27, 2018

I think you already know this.

The question is: how do you get at it? Like, how do you effectively and consistently cultivate the magic within and use it to create change in your life? To actually make your dream real?

After 10 years of teaching, and 25 years of exploring the intersection of creativity and spirituality, this is what I’ve learned: It’s not one path. It’s three paths: Dream Work, Inner Work and Outer Work.

We all tend to focus on the outer path – because that’s where it’s easiest to see and measure change.

But that’s not where change happens. Change starts inside of us, and the path that change takes before it becomes visible in your outer world is almost never the path we think it’s going to take. You know what I mean?

The process of growth and change is unpredictable. The way to manage this unpredictability and not let it throw you off course is to be working with it in three different ways, simultaneously.

Doing this is less complicated than it sounds. It is absolutely within your reach to make your dream real.

Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True is a free online class to learn more about how to use Creative Dream Alchemy to create change in your life.

The class is designed to work for beginners and seasoned dreamers alike – the principles + practices are the same, no matter where you are on the path.

Find out more + reserve your spot here.

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