Dreams, desires, aspirations; we all have them. Some bury dreams into the back of their subconscious, while others embrace the dreams and live them out to fruition. I like to think of myself as part of the latter group.
Any dream is too precious to be wasted. A scene from Joe vs the Volcano, comes to mind where Joe (Tom Hanks) is drudging along the street on his way to work. The people are dull and gray. The surroundings are dingy and the unforgettable buzz of the fluorescent light fills the air. In the office hangs a sign that reads, “All who enter here, abandon hope.”
Well, maybe that is a touch over-dramatic, but the point is well taken. It is not until Joe believes he is about to die that he decides to live out a dream. Why wait until you are diagnosed with a brain cloud to start realizing what you have to do to achieve happiness? Here are a few of my aspirations…
ambitious goals include:
- advance my career (recently changed companies/job title and scope)
- complete a higher education (MBA December 2011)
- raise 2 amazing kids (still working on it but I’m impressed with the results thus far)
- create life-long friendships (the best kind to have)
- maintain a blog (duh! this one is fairly obvious)
- travel the world (exchange student 4 times as a teen)
- continually enjoy new experiences (spa down, girls’ weekend getaways, etc.)
- personal growth (becoming a mermaid)
- stay young (more of an attitude than anything)
2 dreams for the price of one
Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with my dear friend Cate Vail to Las Vegas for an overnight getaway. We had two main purposes to our voyage: mermaid photo shoot with flamingos, and a chance to see/meet & greet Donny and Marie. When Cate asked if I was interested, I jumped on it and booked a flight.
OMG, I was totally geeked out! I loved Donny and Marie since I was a kid and the opportunity to see their show as well as meet them in person was as exciting as it could be.
Not to mention having occasion to participate in yet another amazing mermaid photo shoot. This time, I was wearing my new goldfish tail and would swim in the Flamingo pool wearing it.
let the dream journey begin!
Cate and I met early at the RenoAirport and giggled endlessly like schoolgirls. Unfortunately our plane was 2 hours late, but we were having so much fun together that we hardly noticed. At one point, a woman sitting next to me got up and moved (perhaps we were too loud?). This was her problem, not ours, as nothing could deter our joyous journey.
Our silly antics continued all the way to the Flamingo where we would be staying. The pool awaited us and as the time drew nearer, we checked into our room and began preparing for the show. Cate and I donned our party dresses, fixed our hair and makeup, then descended to the showroom for an exciting evening.
gleaming smiles of two American icons
Donny and Marie did not disappoint us in their performance. They both look and sound amazing! I truly believe that time stood still for them as they worked the stage and the crowd with a youthful vigor. Their famous grins were dazzling both up close and on camera.
Cate and I never stopped smiling the whole night long as it was such a thrill being present at the ideal sister/brother act. Later my friend Andy mentioned that our smiles were broader than either of the Osmond siblings (my orthodontist thanks him for that compliment). Looking back at the pictures, I must admit that we fit right in with our sparkling cheerful grins.
one dream down…
Such an amazing night I will not soon forget. After a long day of travel, sunshine and shows, it was time for us to call it a night. After all, we still had more dreams to fulfill in the morning. Stay tuned for part 2 (I just love making you wait!)