This post originally appeared on Lettered Life.

Lettered Life

I can’t really believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since I left for North Carolina, but it has, and March is just flying by!  As I mentioned before, I flew out to NC to visit my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law and attended Making Things Happen!  It was a fantastic trip marked by awesome company, delicious food and a learning experience I will never forget.

While it’s hard to share just one part of MTH because the whole experience was so illuminating, I definitely wanted to pass along the above quote.  It’s one we talked about at MTH, and I just loved it….namely because it dared me to be honest about my dreams.  I think I underestimated the power of defining specific long-term goals, so actually putting everything down on paper was such an energizing activity.  One of my favorite questions asked to help us clarify our our long-term goals was “Where do you want to be when you are 80?” To be honest, I hadn’t really ever thought that far ahead.  I have a vague idea of what I’m eating for lunch.  I’ve got a to-do list for the week going.  The weekend plans are penciled in, and I even have monthly goals that I’ve been shooting for.  But where do I want to be when I’m 80?  That question caught me off guard because it’s a little out of the scope I typically think about.  But how powerful is that question?  What do you start to picture?  For me, I wanted to be serving God, loving my family, being creative, laughing with people with whom I’ve formed deep relationships.  And still of course dancing to Beyonce and making chocolate chip cookies for everybody.  And with this vision in mind, I have to think about how well I am currently preparing myself to live that life down the road.  I have to figure out what changes I can make today to get me closer to where I want to be when I’m 80.

If there’s anything I can pass along from the weekend, it’s to write down those dreams.  Give yourself a little gift of freedom and take ten minutes to think about what you really really want to do with your full-of-possibilities life.  And then think about one little thing you can do TODAY that’s going to help you get a step closer, no matter how wild and crazy your dreams are.  Do something little that sets you on a path you’re excited to follow!  (I get excited FOR YOU just thinking about it!)  Since being able to make great food for my family is one of my big-dream goals,  a little action step for me today is to find a recipe I can make for a family get-together this weekend, and I’m pretty pumped about it.

Let’s do this!

xo, Caitlin