Living Successfully With Your Creative Dreams

Living successfully with your creative dreams is not about having the thing.

My three “big dreams” are: my creative spiritual business, my amazing home/studio/creative space and adventurous traveling to life-changing/heart-opening events.

It’s not having/doing/living these things that is The Most Rewarding Thing Ever, it’s the inner shifts and changes I had to make in order to create my beautiful dream life that matter most.

I had to become, on the inside, a person who could:

  • Stand up for myself, compassionately and firmly
  • Consciously leave relationships that don’t serve me
  • Speak my truth no matter how it is received by the other person
  • Trust, like really absolutely unshakably trust, that I can take care of myself – no matter what happens
  • Absolutely depend on my intuition and follow it no matter how crazy it seems
  • Speak to my inner critics with love and compassion without letting them get in my way
  • Believe in the beauty and power of my dreams even when no one else does
  • Allow and honour my feelings, no matter how uncomfortable it gets

This is where the magic is.

There is no magic in having everything be “perfect”.

Or being the biggest or the best.

Or having it all happen as fast and easy as possible.

We are too fast to judge.

We judge events as good if they line up with our expectations and wishes.

We judge events as bad when they don’t.

But when things work out exactly how you wanted them to you don’t learn anything.

It doesn’t help you develop the inner resources that are the most important part of living successfully with your dreams.

You don’t grow.

I got so frustrated by all of the sympathy and “oh no this is horrible!” kinds of messages I was getting about how long it was taking for my Dream Loft to be built.

I know people only meant to be kind and wanted me to have my new home.

But it was in the process of it taking exactly as long as it took that I learned things I could not have learned any other way.  I developed inner muscles I didn’t even know I had.

Dream Loft Delays = Magic. Pure sparkling magic.

Life is always giving you exactly what you need.

But if you’re busy judging things you can’t get at the gifts and lessons and treasures.

So last week I was away at my Creative Dream Retreat at the beach.

Two days of pure unadulterated bliss.

Sunshine and swimming and shady trees.  Blankets and sundresses.  Dreams growing and sparkling and shining.

And then I lost my car keys.

With all of my stuff in the car.

Holy crap, right?

No way to get home.

No way to get dry clothes (I was just back from the beach).

It was early evening and a thunderstorm was on its way.

The next day I discovered that solving this problem was a little complicated: new keys could only be coded by Volkswagen themselves and there was no “same day service”.  I couldn’t leave my car where it was as the campground was full all weekend.  The only tow truck in town couldn’t tow a Beetle (he said something about how it would damage the bumper).

The girl at the campground office was young and it seemed like she hadn’t yet learned about compassion.

I was stressed out and on the verge of tears (and shivering, still in my bathing suit and sundress since all my stuff was in my car and it was still raining) and she was rolling her eyes, being sarcastic and mean and talking to me like I was lying and trying to get away with something.

Getting from that point, to the point where everything was handled and I was on my way home was a pretty epic adventure.

The lessons I learned and the inner resources I activated astounded me.

I learned exactly what I needed to learn to move forward with the next steps of growing my dreams.

And that was exactly how the Creative Dream Retreat At The Beach needed to be.

Had it all been smooth and beautiful I’d have come back inspired and ready to dig into all of these changes I want to make but I wouldn’t have such a clear connection to the inner resources I need to really make this all happen.

This is what living successfully with your creative dreams is all about.

The sooner you can let go of your fairy tales of what it’s all supposed to look like the sooner you can grow your real, beautiful dreams.

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  1. Lisa Gillispie on July 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    This is *exactly* what I needed to read right now. Of course :)

    Especially these parts:
    “Trust, like really absolutely unshakably trust, that I can take care of myself – no matter what happens”

    “The sooner you can let go of your fairy tales of what it’s all supposed to look like the sooner you can grow your real, beautiful dreams.”

    Thank you! xoxo

  2. sylvie on July 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

    This remembered me a lot of the day where “they” stole me a wheel of my car… and I activated the inner resources required to get through this.

  3. Suzanne on July 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Oh yeah, this is one of those posts I’m going to bookmark and read every day. All of it is sooooo true. Shout-out to Module 6 of the Creative Dream Incubator for helping us get through these “growing pains!” :)

  4. Dionne the Tea Priestess on July 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    This is soooo where I am at right now! Thank you for sharing your own insight and journey through this Mercury Retrograde cycle.

  5. Tracy on August 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

    As so often, Andrea you share a personal story that resonates so much… This was just what I needed to see today. All week I’ve been teary about some difficult things regarding my creative business, as well some hardship my sister is facing which is much on my mind… This offered the step back I needed in words to re-group a little. Thank you! I’ve been working on Creative Dream Icubator Module 2 this week, and this too has helped me change my focus from what seems “negative” to seeing all the positives right in front of me. :o)

  6. La plume et la page on August 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    An interesting post. Thank you for this lesson!

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  8. sas on August 11, 2012 at 2:53 am

    i suspect i often confused my inner fairy tales with the dreams i had for myself. adding in the belief that if something is meant to be, it will happen easily.
    and when the fairy tales didn’t magically come to fruition (mostly becasue of my fears of something unknowable) i interpreted this as my fault for backing the wrong (dream) horse.
    now i can see that all the shitty things were lessons and gifts: i do my best growing during times of adversity. a winding path is WAY more fun and interesting than a fast road from a to b where i learn nothing.
    lovely post!

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  10. Tracie Hanson on August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’m trying to find something in this post that I DON’T resonate with……wonderful!