{creating dreams come true} Meet A Fellow Creative Dreamer

Every Friday I write about Creating Dreams Come True. There is a lovely kind of magic that is created when Creative Dreamers come together, dream together and Make Dreams Real together – together we create a Magic Bubble of Possibility. I invite you to tap into the magic that is here and use it as fuel to nourish and support you along the path to your dreams.

(If you are less in a Magic Bubble mood and more in a Creative Dreamer lesson and assignment mood you can check out Preparing for Success.)

This week I want to start with a Creative Dreamer Spotlight. I want to encourage you to get to know each other and also – it can be pure magic to watch how other creative dreamers are navigating the path to their dreams.  It’s inspiring and encouraging and heart warming.  So I want to share your stories here as part of what we do with Creating Dreams Come True this year.  I am starting with Lee Ann because she has been so fiercely committed to her own process and Creating Dreams Come True.

I love the way Lee Ann’s photography and creative work capture her dreams and her essence so beautifully:

Tell us about your dreams:

My dreams keep shifting and evolving! For about 6 years now, my dream has been to spend an extended period of time in Scotland…and my dream to move out of New York has intensified.  I also dream of being self employed so I can work from home, wherever I live. I want to parlay my website/blog/talents into a creative business. I want that business to be inspirational and helpful to others.  I really want to make a difference and do work that’s important to me.

In short, I want to live somewhere I love and have a job I want to jump out of bed for every day.

What has been the biggest obstacle in the way of making those dreams real?

Fear and money.  I’d worked myself into a trench of debt and the fear of the unknown…as well as all the “hows” to getting to my dreams.

How are you working through it?

I’ve been pursuing things I love in hopes it will steer me in the right direction…like photography, cooking, blogging, herbal medicine, general happiness….and paying down my debt.  I’ve also been spending as much time in Scotland as I can…following where fate leads me. My debt is going down and my savings up…I’m re-vamping my website…I’ve made the actual decision to move (this was a big one…actually committing to the idea after years of building a life here).

A big part of the Creative Dreamer Spotlight is to give all of us the opportunity to celebrate with each other.  What can we celebrate with you today?

Today we can celebrate that I’m going back to Scotland in the Spring…and I received a scholarship to participate in a workshop called “Pilgrimage for Change.”  Something I really wanted to do…and the scholarship will help ease my moving fund.

Another part of the Creative Dreamer Spotlight is to encourage all of the Creative Dreamers to get to know each other better.  Where can we find you online?

Blog: lion-art.blogspot.com
Twitter: leeson78
Facebook: Lee Ann Monat and The Lion’s Share
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lionartcreations

Thanks so much for sharing your story Lee Ann!

I hope her story inspires you are reminds you that you are not alone with your creative dreams. We are all in this together and can inspire and be inspired by each other along the way.

If you’ve been following along with Creating Dreams Come True and want to share your story here, send me an email: andrea {at} ABCcreativity.com

And now for our Regular Weekly Creative Dream Check-in:

All together now: Activate Magic Bubble of Possibility

You activate the Magic Bubble of Possibility when you become present with your dream. You can just kind of relax into it and see what comes up, or use the Creative Dream Check-in questions:

  • Where am I today in relation to my dream? Or if you are using a map, ask yourself: Where am I on the map today?
  • How does that feel?
  • What does my dream need?
  • What do I need?

These questions seem small, but asking them every week is completely magical.

Where am I on the map today?

I feel like this week I began to really settle into my dream and learn how to navigate with it through life’s challenges.  Like I had one day where: an oven repair man was coming so I arranged my day around that, then the oven needed to be replaced, then my car wouldn’t start, then my car would start but needed to get to the mechanic anyway.  In the midst of all of this, I had the new oven delivered and got the car to the mechanic without getting out of my creative flow.  I finished the day with a really fantastic call with a coaching client.  It feels like no matter what comes my way I will not be distracted from my creative mission.

How does that feel?

Very good!  And very peaceful.  It feels connected and solid.  Like it doesn’t really matter what happens out there, I stay connected to my creative flow.

What does my dream need?

My dream is so happy that I listened to what it needs and brought in more play this week.  (I actually made some big positive changes to my Bringing your Dreams to Life e-course through playing with it, including changing the name to Creative Dream Incubator.)  When I ask it what it needs next, I get “meditation”.  And it’s true that I have been slipping from my regular meditation practice so I am going to focus on bringing that back in.

Actually last night I meditated before my coaching call.  I noticed that the tension in my back melted away as soon as I began.  So I think my body wants me to remember meditation too.

What do I need?

I need to feel ok with the amount of work I do.  Sometimes I feel like I can never get enough done, and I am not sure when it’s “ok” to take a break or end for the day.  I feel so much better when I am productive.  But I know that rest is a part of that.  And I do rest.  Actually this isn’t about that – resting or not resting enough.  It’s about feeling ok with what I’ve gotten done, and trusting that I’ve done the best I can.  It feels like this is going to be very needed for as long as i am self employed.

Your Creative Dream Check-In:

Everyone’s dreams grow more fully and beautifully when we grow them together in creative community.

You are welcome to do your check in in the comments. Or just say hello or let us know what you’re up to.



  1. Lee Ann Monat on January 21, 2011 at 8:42 am


    I have a lovely blog percolating in my head…inspired by Maya Angelou…and I’ll be posting that on Monday.

    This week, I’ve found that my dreams needed me to defend them a bit and hold fast/stand firm. I found myself surrounded by some friends who think the opposite of me in terms of being able to have a life/work you love. And I found that instead of being filled with doubt again, I was filled with the energy of…”They can think that if they want to…I don’t because I KNOW it doesn’t have to be like that.”

    I also got a little bit off track with the whole creating sacred space thing. New York REALLY tries my patience and I had a huge debacle with the Post Office that didn’t need to be turned into a debacle. I really lost my temper and let it fester…couldn’t let go of it until it was resolved.

    Sometimes I think that anger is one of my character flaws…other times it’s helped me out of some un-healthy situations…or taught me what I do and don’t want.

    So…this week…I hope to continue cultivating some sacred space.

  2. Lee Ann Monat on January 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Oh…and thank you for featuring me today! Very exciting :) I can’t wait to read other Creative Dreamer stories! XO

  3. Elizabeth on January 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    well, i finished my “dreams from the inside out” blog post. and i published it today. i’m looking at today’s assignment and will evaluate whether i do the assignment or enter the magic bubble!


  4. Jo-Anne on January 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Lee Ann, I am celebrating your move & your abundance with you today! Congrats!

    My dreams are in progress, however I’m really feeling like they are not moving fast enough. Yet, I seem to be in a slow relaxed pace. So, must need to just slow down, relax & accept that my dreams are indeed moving.

    Thx, Andrea for reminding me that I can be o.k. with what I have done. That’s it for now, so, it’s o.k. ;0)

  5. Lee Ann Monat on January 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Elizabeth! I love your post…it inspires me to make a new list…

    Thanks Jo-Anne! I’m celebrating that your dreams are progressing!

    I wrote my Maya Angelou inspired blog post!


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