A few weeks ago, I was minding my own business, managing the details of what is turning out to be a whirlwind summer, and enjoying a short respite from the book I am currently writing while the manuscript is in the hands of my latest round of readers.
Then I checked my mailbox, which held the most beautiful, thoughtful invitation I've ever received in my life - an offer from Melody Ross to be involved in the launch of Brave Girl University. I could offer whatever I wanted, in whatever format I preferred, and submit content at my own pace.
But if I wanted my content to be on the platform the day classes opened on September 1st, I would need to have it all ready by mid-August.
This was going to give me less than a month to make something out of nothing (well, nothing that existed anywhere other than in my head), a month that wasn't free and clear of other commitments. When I took a good look at my calendar, I saw an even smaller window of time to get it all together, so my initial thoughts were reticent.
"It will make things too hectic."
"I don't have enough time."
"This is too last minute."
And then about ten seconds later, I said to myself, "To HECK with it, I'm jumping in."
After spending the last 20 years as a creative entrepreneur - trying, building, creating, failing, succeeding, sharing and evolving - one thing I know for certain is that our dreams are unique entities all unto themselves, and once they see us showing up and doing work on their behalf, we will suddenly feel them standing right next to us on our path. These are magical moments - confirmation that we are moving in the right direction and also that we are not alone on our journey. Once the dream shows up, we can lean into its embrace. As long as we keep doing our very best work, the dream will take us where it wants to go. This may or may not be exactly where we thought it would go - or maybe dreamed of it going - but there will be surprises along the way we never saw coming, and could have never envisioned on our own.
I'm not just talking about the "big" dreams - a new business, a book, buying a home - I'm talking about all the longings that are stirring in your heart. Creating a beautiful holiday meal for your family, gathering a small circle of friends for some art-making, making a quilt, taking a road trip, planting an herb garden. Show up for them, and they will show up for you, in ways you'd likely never expect.
Creating an offering for Brave Girl University was a dream I didn't even know I had, but I think I've been showing up for it all the same simply by living my life. Which is why I decided to jump right in, because I could feel my dream whispering in my ear, saying, "Leap, leap, leap, and I'll be there to catch you."