January 4, 2012

Winter 2012 Newsletter – The Value of a Dream

What happened to all those amazing dreams you had a child? Do you remember them?

You wanted to climb mountains, trek through the rainforest, sail a huge boat, plant your own garden, sing on broadway, etc. We had tons didn’t we. But as we grew up, many of those dreams faded. Some of those dreams held on though, and some are still with us aren’t they?

So what are you doing about them? Have you pushed your dreams aside claiming that they are unrealistic and buried them under a pile of excuses, “I don’t have enough money”, “I don’t have time”, “It just won’t work”, “I’m only setting myself up for failure”, “I can’t because I have children”, “People will talk about me”… Well just in case you forgot, we only live once, so if not now.. then when?

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.

Henry David Thoreau

You see a lot of people think only about the achievement of a dream. But obtaining the goal is just a mere reward at the end; the real value comes in the journey.

I currently balance a full time career and my family along with my passion for art. I may never become a world renowned artist, I may never have an art studio, I man never be one of those artists that survives off of sales alone… but guess what? I’m living this journey as though that’s where I’m heading and I’m loving it. I’m doing it one step at a time, one day at a time.  I’m painting often, I’m sharing my artwork with everyone I can… the journey makes me happy. That in itself is greater than the final “reward”.

My focus may one day change and my dreams no longer be the same. But that’s ok, the important thing is that no matter what my dream is, I’ll try my best to work towards it. And I’m encouraging you to do the same! Live in the “present”

© 2011 Vanessa Turner
THE VALUE OF A DREAM
Medium: pastel
Size: 22 x 30 inches

I believe that a lot of us are living the lives we think we “should”. We’ve forgotten our dreams and the happiness they bring. We’ve forgotten that it’s ok to have dreams, and even more so, it’s ok to strive for them (in a responsible way of course, and leave room for disappointment, because that too is part of the journey).

If you are waiting for the right time, you could be waiting forever. Whatever you can do, do it now. Now is all you have to work with. Live for the present!

Iyanla Vanzant

When children come to you, wide eyed with huge smiles and share their dreams… believe in them! You might think that your child’s dreams are unrealistic, but take a step back and realise, that’s the negative adult inside you. Believe in children because they believe in themselves; and you may in fact be the only other support they have. When they see that you believe in yourself, it’s encouragement for them to do the same… And wouldn’t life just be far more worthwhile?

I dare you to have a dream!

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    23 Comments

  • Wendy December 4, 2011
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    Dear Vanessa-
    This is such a beautifully written piece. I remember fantastic dreams! Flying especially, over my town and my loved ones.
    You are so full of wonderful energy and I am sure that your beautiful daughter thrives on that energy every day. It shows in your excellent artwork as well. Cheers!

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Thank-you Wendy. Glad you like this one! I hope that am passing on positive energy that helps to motivate. We all need it sometimes including myself so it helps serve as a reminder. I have entered this piece into a juried art exhibition and am awaiting tot he results. hopefully it is accepted!

  • Wendy December 4, 2011
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    Dear Vanessa-
    This is such a beautifully written piece. I remember fantastic dreams! Flying especially, over my town and my loved ones.
    You are so full of wonderful energy and I am sure that your beautiful daughter thrives on that energy every day. It shows in your excellent artwork as well. Cheers!

  • Gabrielle December 4, 2011
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    That’s a really lovely sentiment, Vanessa. And a lovely piece. Who is your young muse? She’s a cutie!

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Hi Gabrielle, that’s my fellow creative, my daughter.

  • Gabrielle December 4, 2011
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    That’s a really lovely sentiment, Vanessa. And a lovely piece. Who is your young muse? She’s a cutie!

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Hi Gabrielle, that’s my fellow creative, my daughter.

  • Whitney December 6, 2011
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    Here here! some where between 3 and 30 we get a message from life that says our dreams arent possible. I wonder alot where that message comes from, who gave it to us? Was it our parents, school, friends?

    Even though I was blessed with a mother who encouraged me to dream big dreams and live them I still doubt myself from time to time. Isnt it so much earier to just roll with the societal flow! Sometimes pursuing dreams is lonely because others wont always understand your path.

    Dreams take courage!

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Aww what a surprise, thanks for the lovely words Whit! It’s so true, we have these grand plans when we’re young and somehow they phase out along the the way. And indeed I admit it is easier to go with the grain in society but it’s only when we get older and have come to know ourselves better that we recognise perhaps we need to deviate from the “standard” path. Here’s to your dreams! May you seek and find them!

  • Whitney December 6, 2011
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    Here here! some where between 3 and 30 we get a message from life that says our dreams arent possible. I wonder alot where that message comes from, who gave it to us? Was it our parents, school, friends?

    Even though I was blessed with a mother who encouraged me to dream big dreams and live them I still doubt myself from time to time. Isnt it so much earier to just roll with the societal flow! Sometimes pursuing dreams is lonely because others wont always understand your path.

    Dreams take courage!

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Aww what a surprise, thanks for the lovely words Whit! It’s so true, we have these grand plans when we’re young and somehow they phase out along the the way. And indeed I admit it is easier to go with the grain in society but it’s only when we get older and have come to know ourselves better that we recognise perhaps we need to deviate from the “standard” path. Here’s to your dreams! May you seek and find them!

  • Laura Rowswell December 6, 2011
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    You have always been such an amazing artist. I’m so glad you are living your dream especially with that beautiful family of yours. I still dream however my dreams are never as interesting as they were when I was a child. I now dream of real life which isn’ t really a dream. I want to dream of a house built of the best chocolate in the world and it would be mine, all mine ha ha ha ha ( evil laugh).

    However I do sometimes dream of Bermuda and all my friends and one day I will make that dream happen and come back and see you all. xx

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Hi Laura!! Hope you are doing well. Thanks for checking out my blog. Yeah I’m trying to keep this passion of mine going provided I have the time and means. Hope you do make it back here one day, and if not we know where to find ya! Wishing you and the fam a wonderful holiday and all the best in 2012!

  • Julia December 12, 2011
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    What an encouraging post, Vanessa! I think it’s so important for our kids to see us pursuing what makes us happy. (Not to mention that’s it’s pretty helpful to the parents, too!) 🙂 Great work.

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Thanks Julia, I think it’s definitely important. Hopefully it’s something that I can continue to do. Hope you are doing well and your creative energy is flowing bountifully.

  • Julia December 12, 2011
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    What an encouraging post, Vanessa! I think it’s so important for our kids to see us pursuing what makes us happy. (Not to mention that’s it’s pretty helpful to the parents, too!) 🙂 Great work.

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Thanks Julia, I think it’s definitely important. Hopefully it’s something that I can continue to do. Hope you are doing well and your creative energy is flowing bountifully.

  • Becky Joy December 19, 2011
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    Beautifully written Vanessa. This is something we all need to be reminded of. To live our dreams and to live in the present. Thanks

  • Becky Joy December 19, 2011
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    Beautifully written Vanessa. This is something we all need to be reminded of. To live our dreams and to live in the present. Thanks

    • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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      Thanks Becky! Wishing you all the best in 2012. I love your blog updates, gorgeous paintings!

  • Vanessa December 28, 2011
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    Hi Laura!! Hope you are doing well. Thanks for checking out my blog. Yeah I’m trying to keep this passion of mine going provided I have the time and means. Hope you do make it back here one day, and if not we know where to find ya! Wishing you and the fam a wonderful holiday and all the best in 2012!

  • Mally January 2, 2012
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    This is perfect! I hope she develops artisitically like her mom!

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