14 Jun

Before the Creative Process

Dreaming Your Life

Everyone has a story. I can tell you up front that so far, mine has been far different than the one I envisioned. I have a feeling the same may be said for you.

I’m writing this, not because I have definitive answers on how the story will go from here, but because there’s one thing I seem to keep learning, over and over. And it’s this:

Trust in the process

For every question I’ve had, for everything tried that seemed to not work out —I have discovered beautiful things that did unfold in my life, ones I could never have predicted.

It’s okay to let go and trust.
And you know who it is that we must learn to trust?
Ourselves.
Trust that even though we fear we don’t have answers, that indeed we do.
To trust that the dreams we are given are here for a purpose and the ‘how’ will unfold itself when we allow ourself to step into the dreaming place.

Since the studio cottage makeover (did you miss the inside story on this? You can read it here.) I’ve been putzing around. I’ve been nursing my flowers, sweeping my back porch, drinking lemonade, drawing in my journal, writing, reading, swinging and pondering. I’m ‘working’ at getting in tune with my soul. You could say, I’m in that ‘trusting’ stage.

I’ve been here before. Ron, my soul mate, reminds me once again to trust in the process. That even though I don’t have defined answers for where I am heading next, the answers will come.
He’s right.

Another thing I’ve been doing is listening to a lot of podcasts. One worth the listen is an interview with Sheri Salata, former producer for Oprah, who’s in a new chapter of her life.

‘I will dream my life as if I will live to be one hundred.
I will live my life as if this day is the only one I get.
The most crucial stories are the ones we tell ourselves.’

…and another quote from her that is worth holding fast:

‘Your real glory days are yet to be created.’
~ Sheri Salata

It’s vital to allow dreams.
To allow them without getting caught up in the ‘how’s’ of it.
Dreams are, as James Allen said, the ‘seedlings of reality.’

Matters of the heart and creativity are never practical.

What I have shared with you here in my recent posts, inside my cottage and dreams—well, they have no practical use except…
They hold a space for gifts to expand and grow
To be fed the mysterious and plug into the unexplainable.

Our joy exists between the lines of our living, in the spaces of our heart.
We must follow the clues, bit by bit, to uncover what brings the magic, what helps us dream.

The more we listen to our own voice, the better able we are to hear (and see!) our voice in our creative work.
Dreams matter.

(….and that’s as close as I can get to justifying having a chandelier hanging on my back porch above the French daybed 😉 )

Note: Sheri has a new book out called ‘The Beautiful No’—I’ve just begun listening to it on Audible 😉
Click here to listen to a podcast featuring Sheri Salata on The Marie Forleo Podcast.

Coming Up Next: Dreama’s Favorite Studio Stuff (As promised, your FAVORITE, time-tested studio gadgets list!)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the power of dreaming– and I’m sure others will, too. Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Marcia koford

    Dreama, Your heartfelt posting resonated so deeply with me. To my surprise I find myself shedding tears. Surprised because I didn’t realize how much sadness I was carrying over the matter of various ongoing medical issues holding me back from painting and growing as an artist. While I say I believe in trusting the process, sometimes I feel lost in the swirl of life as it carries me away from my own vision for myself. Believing there would always be time, “later”, it was easier to trust Process and Flow when I was younger. Right now I feel as though I’ve lost the paddle for my little boat as the currents continue to steer me away from my dream. Thank you, for being a source of comfort, of wisdom and for creating the Joy I receive when I paint with you! ❤️

  2. Just finished “the beautiful no”. It was truly inspiring, glad you too have started reading it. It inspired me to,sign up for match.com..at 71! Why not. I feel,very lucky to still be on the path to growing and expanding my life!

  3. Sydney Stocks

    Thank you, Dreama, for your wonderfully dream inspiring posts! I do believe dreaming is an important part of the creative process. I believe it’s called the “incubation phase” by some educators. In fact, dreams are simply an important part of life. To paraphrase a favorite saying, you have to be able to dream it before you can do it. (“It” can be anything: making a painting, writing a book, planting a garden, taking a real trip to France!) And sometimes dreams really do become realities. Thank you for helping all of us continue to dream and to trust in the process!

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