Reach for Your Dreams (And Repeat) - by Emily Souder for MotherHustle
“Our littles get to witness us living our dreams. Modeling that for them is the stuff of dreams itself.”

Dreams are what made us business owners. Dreams are what sustain us and feed us, and it almost seems that the entrepreneurial appetite for them goes above and beyond what one would expect. We’re hungry! Because once you have a dream, and you make it come true…oh man. That feeling.

Can you imagine the power of what we’re manifesting?

Our littles get to witness us living our dreams. Modeling that for them is the stuff of dreams itself. The fact that we’re able to wake up every day, stretch, and go do the things we used to dream about. Wow.

Realizing your dreams isn’t a one-and-done sort of thing. It’s a rinse-and-repeat cycle.

For entrepreneurs, our ability to grow and evolve our businesses is dependent on dreams of all sizes. You might have a huge, overarching dream of becoming an artist, for example, but there are likely some mini dreams sprinkled throughout the big mama dream. Mini dreams might be things like doing a workshop with someone who inspires you, or learning a new technique, or developing your ideal website. And then once you’ve reached one of your big, big dreams…well, maybe she has a sister.

It’s important to note that too often we “rinse” before really appreciating what we’ve accomplished, and it’s important to validate how far we’ve come.

We are so eager to move onto the next thing, that we set our triumph aside and push forward. We start to lose perspective and forget that the things we’ve created once felt so far out of reach. We reeled it in, and it’s a big old fish, but we forget about the hour-long fight it took to get it in the boat.

I suppose an upgraded cycle looks more like this: get it, pause, appreciate, rinse, get inspired, repeat.

The resiliency that is required as part of the cycle isn’t easy. It takes courage and heart and all the support. It takes trust and work and bravery. And just to be clear, showing resiliency on a regular basis is pretty badass.

Sometimes I feel disheartened or disappointed during this season of reaching for my dreams.

Recently though, I’ve been picking myself up and moving forward. Doing the work anyway even when I’m unsure feels hard, but also incredibly empowering. I’ve been showing more resiliency than perhaps ever before. I’m not sure if motherhood did this to me or not, but it sure helped. I have so much to show those kiddos, and I want to give them so much. I’m pretty sure those things lead to this powerhouse equation: motherhood + entrepreneurship = dream-reaching factory.

MotherHustle Panelist Emily Souder is a life coach, mama, and author in Maryland. She helps mom entrepreneurs who are feeling lost in the demands of motherhood and out of touch with themselves achieve clarity, focus, and empowerment using intuition-informed guidance and skill building. She is married to her best friend (so cheesy, but so true!), has two littles (ages 1 and 3), and is on her own path of rocking her authenticity. Follow her on Facebook at Nesting Space LLC and on Instagram at Nesting_Space. Make sure to check out her book here


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