A Working Mom Bucket List

Happy Labor Day!

Today is the unofficial end to summer, and as a working mom, I can say that I am glad it’s come to an end. Labor Day is typically one of my favorite holidays because of that. It’s a day I can relax and appreciate what others worked for so that we all can work*.

This year, I’m starting to put some things into action when it comes to my career. I’ve come up with a bucket list of things I’d like to accomplish in my work-life, especially since I am not working in the field I went to college for. Hopefully in my next 37 or so years of work (figuring SS will allow me to retire by 70), I will…

  • Become a certified Business Analyst
  • Become a certified Salesforce.com Developer
  • Become a certified Salesforce.com Service Cloud Administrator (on top of the Admin cert I have for Salesforce currently)
  • Take on a leadership role, hopefully in IT or Customer Relations (would love social media / web chat support)
  • Get certified to teach spin class
  • Get a Yoga 200-hour certification
  • Open a yoga studio…and an ice cream shop…for people who love their bodies but love food too. 😉
  • Write a book

These things would be my personal work bucket list. It’s evolving, but because I work for a company that allows and encourages growth, I see windows and doors that could be opened beyond this. That’s how I went from being a temp to a QA analyst to a metrics guru to support to a BA in a short period of time.

While this isn’t exactly related to raising the kids, it sort of is. I want my kids to have dreams and work toward them, regardless of what may stand in their way. Last night I asked Arianna and Evan what they wanted to be when they grow up (which you may have seen on Periscope). Arianna wants to scoop ice cream and Evan wants to be a tattoo artist. If that’s what they want to be, I know they’ll kick butt at it (and have mommy as their most frequent customers). Dream Big, kids. Dream Big.

* Contrary to some belief that I’ve seen circulating on Facebook, Labor Day is not a celebration specifically of our military (although they are part of the celebration). It was created to honor the working people and what it took to get here (perhaps you’re interested in The President’s weekly address that discusses this if you disagree).

Ice Cream at Jeni’s in Columbus – an inspiration for my dreams

What Your Dreams Are Telling You

Disclaimer: Chosen Books sent me a copy of What Your Dreams Are Telling You in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

One of the things I’ve sort of hated to do since I was a kid was dream. I know. That sounds awful. Why wouldn’t one want to dream? Well, typically, when I dream, it usually has a way of coming true. I rarely dream, so when I do, I take heed. You see, I believe I’ve been blessed with a spiritual gift, visions (most of you know it as deja vu). Sometimes it can be painfully scary to dream, but it’s something I’ve been working through my entire life.

Source: Chosen Books

So, when I signed up to review Cindy McGill and David Sluka’s book, What Your Dreams Are Telling You, I prepared myself to hear what had to be said about dreams. Now, the book isn’t a “I dreamed about this, what does it mean” specific guide. No, it’s a guide to making the most of the time you spend sleeping and being open to the messages you are given in your sleep. The authors note that dreams have a way of giving you advice you might need or opening your eyes to a new opportunity (or idea).

The book will talk about:

— how to get the most out of your dreams
— historical and present-day examples of life-changing dreams
— common dream themes and what they mean
— 3 steps to discover the genuine message from your dreams
— a quick-reference guide to common dream symbols
— how to reawaken your dream life

This is a book that I didn’t jump into head first (reading front to back) but instead moving through the book by referencing certain sections at a time. I was less interested in the common themes section (because my dreams aren’t so much themed as specific) and more interested in discovering the genuine messages from my dreams. Since my dreams are so specific, my lessons from the book were more general (and that’s okay by me); however, for people who have dreams that they are trying to piece together, I think this is a great resource.

You can find out more about the book and the authors on Chosen’s website. It retails for $13.99 in paperback and e-book format.

Why I Don’t Dream and Tell…and Why I Should

Today’s blog prompt over at Bloggy Moms helped me out a lot. It’s been a long day (a good one, though) and needed some inspiration. The prompt is “Your Most Vivid Dream”.

I don’t dream and tell. Honestly, I don’t dream. Instead, the Lord has blessed me with visions…so 96.5% of my “dreams” come true. It can be SCARY. Super scary.

Like the first time it happened. I had a dream, then a few days later, I was at a stop light with my dad. Things got fuzzy, my head spun, and I felt sick. We had been in this same exact place at this same exact moment…only it had been a few nights before while I, an innocent 10 year old, slept. Nothing bad was going to happen (I just knew what song was next up on the radio), but I was freaked out!

Thank goodness I am a PK. Growing up in a church, you learn about the gifts of the spirit, so I understood when Dad said it was not deja vu, but a vision. A gift. Something I should be thankful for.

But how can you be thankful for something that is scary? I sometimes force myself not to dream…or to wake up and tell someone my dream so that I don’t let the vision come true. Maybe I should share? I am really not sure how I feel about all that. Sometimes my visions are good, but other times they are not. I fear the day I have a dream about the kids or someone else I love, but as always, I know God is in control.

What do you dream about? Do you have spiritual gifts?