In A Dream

"Don't worry so much about being successful. Worry about being happy and the rest will follow."

This past April, my grandmother concluded her 95 years on this earth in peace. The last words she said to me were "I'll see you again".... and I have.  I dream about her a lot.  Vividly. She is a little younger and we always sit down to talk. The quote above is something she told me in a dream recently, and it was so powerful to me that I don't think I'll ever forget it.

You see, lately I've been on a bit of a rocky path trying to figure out what I want to do with my business and where I want to go in life now.  If you don't remember my older post about my career, you can read it here.

I've always had this continuous drive to be successful in life, and when I set my mind on something I can really achieve it.  I truly believe that anybody can achieve what they put their minds to if they want it bad enough.  There is no magic to it, no need for a higher power to help guide your way, it's all inside of YOU. But you have to WANT it. It's your will power and determination. Positive thinking and drive go a long way.

Still, I've been struggling with the road I want to take.  I had a super successful business for many years and it was pretty much ripped from my hands. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but things happened along the way and unfortunately put me in this place right now where I am unsure about the future of it.  Is it really unfortunate though... or fortunate?

I've been concentrating so much on being successful that I forgot about being happy. Happiness to me right now is being stress free. It's this blog. It's the idea that one day this house will be filled with a family.  It's being creative and making cute plush things. It's coming up with new ideas for products and putting them into action. And so what if this path is all new to me?  I'm going to worry about being happy and the rest will follow. 

Aren't dreams wonderful?

xo Dana

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  1. your grandmother was a smart lady. i always say, do the work, the rest will follow.......keep up the good work.

  2. dreams are so lovely. good luck! i hope you find what really makes you happy :)

  3. Hi Dana :-)

    I'm really touched by this post. And I can see clearly how passionate you are about what you are doing and I admire you for it. You are very creative and are able to create beautiful things (the ones in your etsy shop, this blog, etc) that make other people happy. That in itself I think already makes you very successful.

    Keep up the good work, Dana. You are an amazing person. :-)


  4. Hmm such a beautiful and important thing to remember. It's true, your grandma really was a smart lady :) and to top it off, her words were just what I needed to hear today

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Dana, I find that the best times to revamp your life and accomplish your most creative work is when you have absolutely no idea what you're going to do with either. When I was constantly busy with school, friends, and other "work related" things that would cloud my mind, I never took our online business seriously and, frankly, I didn't have the energy to do it either. But, when I looked at what I enjoyed, what fulfilled me day in and day out, I was finally able to find my niche. It may not pay the most money in the world (though it could soon/someday!), but it makes me happy. As Steve Jobs said, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm about to do today?" And that is what makes it all worth it, that I can say, "yes." You will find what you are searching for and figure it all out because you are such a sweet and creative person. You may not have the success you once had based on everyone else's standards, but the best success comes from what you measure it to be. I feel like there is an entire window of opportunities for you ahead and you are exactly where you are supposed to be, maybe for nothing else than to discover that and who you are supposed to become :)

    Shannon @ Freckle Fox Boutique

  6. Great post. I struggle with these things too and I agree, you have to WANT it. And work hard. It will all come together just the way it is supposed to come together.

  7. awesome, I love this post. Thanks for sharing. I truly need to keep this in mind myself!

  8. this kind of scares me, im still in college and am totally worried about my future :/

    but all i know is you gotta do something that makes you happy and interested in. otherwise you wont come out with a good result.

    i dunno, maybe thats just what i think. the society is scary :/

    anyway i love your plush toys! they look magical to me.. good luck!


  9. This is so so so true - whatever is next for you will just show up out of the blue. A few years ago I loved my job, was running a non-profit and had a whirl-wind romance. And then the romance ended abruptly, I burned out on the non-profit, and I began to resent my job. I didn't know what I wanted to do anymore, so I decided to take a year and do everything possible to be happy. Then out of the blue I found myself in an aerial class, started freelancing again and am now on a really fulfilling, exciting path. Be happy, live in the present and it will just come to you.

    xo Sarah // http://sillygrrl.com

  10. I found your blog on 'bloglovin' today and I love it so much. Your blog is an inspiration to me in so many ways and I'm excited to check out more of your posts. :)

    - Tiffany

  11. What beautiful words your grandmother said to you. I also believe this! 100%!

  12. wow...great post!!! i love that saying! i may have to borrow that!


  13. What an amazing post. I love about people I love who have gone. The dreams are always so profound and seem to fit with the space I am in in my life at that time.

  14. this post is so beautiful written and so powerful. it's so so important to live in the now... hard... but so important. this post is perfection. thanks for sharing, love. I've got a new outfit post featuring my favorite Lauren Conrad skirt. Love to hear what you think and maybe follow back if you'd like. xo

    Adventures of a southern girl turned LA stylist.l

  15. Wow hun.
    Thank you!
    That is exactly what I needed to hear right now. (Everything here is throwing my life on it's head at the mo, but just reading those words, it all makes so much sense)
    I already feel a bit better :)

    A beautiful post x

  16. i titally agree. and it is sometimes easier said then done.


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