Relationships 101: Surviving Your Dream

We always hear about people living the dream.  They have their dream business, dream house, dream spouse everything is just dreamy for them. There is another side of it though.  On your way to living your dream, you have to survive it.  That is the difference between someone making their dreams happen and those that gave up.  You can insert any mindset cliché here, but let’s be real.  Sometimes, you question yourself and what you are doing.  You question rather it would be easier to crawl back to your not so dreamy life.  A life that required less grind, less sleepless nights, less networking, less motivation…less of you, yes that would probably be the easier route.  If you aren’t bothered by it.  But if it bothers you to not have a dream life, you find a way to motivate yourself and to push on.

When I get frustrated on my way to living the dream, I remind myself of my first car.  It was an 88 Volkswagen Jetta.  This was in 96 so it was almost 10 years old already.  It was a stick shift and I didn’t know how to drive it.  At the time I lived in hilly Marietta and worked in Atlanta, but the price was right.  So my options was to not work or to learn to drive this car.  Seems like everything was against me.  I struggled up and down the hills, the car even killed a couple of times because my clutch to gas ratio was off (if you have a stick shift you understand).  Learning how to drive that car and making it work wasn’t an option, I was pregnant so it was necessary.  It ran good, I could have been content with that, but I wanted better.  So for years, I worked and continued to get cars that challenged me, but they served a purpose.  Eventually, I did get a dream car.  That experience taught me exactly what I was made of and what determination looks like.

Life is like that, you will get challenged and pushed surviving the dream.  Don’t give up, don’t give in your dream life is around the corner.

Peace & Love

Valencia Griffin-Wallace


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As a wife, mother, business owner, and new vegetarian, I aim to help others to grow outside their comfort zone. I'm one of those people who knows a little about a lot and want to share it. I am a straight, no holds barred type of person. I give real advice and tips using my own life as an open book of experience for others. "Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new" -Albert Einstein