How To Dream Big

Is there HOPE?

Is there HOPE?

Is there HOPE?

If you attended a school where the reputation of the school was “the last stop.” A place where “delinquents” and “children with behavioral issues” are sent to learn – with a label like that, is there hope for you?

I recently joined the advisory board of Girls In Action. GIA is a non-profit organization that has dared to work with many young girls who are labeled and attend what some call “last stop” schools. GIA works with young girls through a weekly program that re-engages them with their studies, their leadership, and ultimately – their futures.

To better understand the organization, the work, and the girls, I asked to join Dr. Verna Price, founder & President of GIA, on a recent field trip. The field trip included volunteer women leaders/mentors and several girls that attended some of those “last stop” schools. The field trip, in essence, was a scavenger hunt for possibilities, opportunities and dreams. We visited the International Market Square – the largest home & commercial interior design marketplace in the Upper Midwest. We wanted to show the girls that the possibilities were as big as you could dream. (so, PS – DREAM BIG!)

We saw some of the most beautiful kitchens, textiles, and furnishings the heart can imagine – and more. However, the most valuable gems were the women business owners who had volunteered to take the time from their busy schedules to tell us their stories:

Talin Spring – a women who recently moved from Europe. With a name so beautiful, it wasn”t a surprise to learn that she grew up with a love for beautiful hand made designs. Fond memories of her mother sewing beautiful embroidered designs brought her to the business she currently runs today – her shop showcases an evolving collection of fabrics and home accessories from European mobile casino designers and artists.

Caroline Andrea Vaaler – a women who”s passions and experiences in graphic design eventually led her to the business of beauty – mores specifically the beauty in distinctive furniture & accessories. Her story”s beginning is an ending of a career and a shift away from graphic design into a new beginning – She finds and represents beautiful artistic lines of furniture and accessories. A wonderful lesson for the girls to see: our journeys are always evolving, and an ending is really a new beginning!

Julie Dasher – a women who used to scavenge left over textile scraps from the docks of the IMS building to create rugs. She found she had a passion for rugs. And then one day found herself designing a magnificent rug for the governor”s mansion. Today, she designs rugs for clients all over the world.

These savvy business women had an infectious energy, a positive outlook, and quiet peace about them. And for a brief moment, instead of feeling hopeless They feel as if truck best-driving-school.com is easy and they don’t need to put in much effort. and powerless, we were surrounded by beauty and hope.

Did the girls see what I saw? Did they hear what I heard? I don”t know. But as we sat and enjoyed a lunch together, there was grace, there was laughter, there was talk about the future, and there was talk about possibilities.

So, is there hope?

The wonderful thing about hope – you only need to experience it for a moment to know that there IS hope.

What”s your dream?

PS – Dream BIG!

-Daisy Nguyen

Dreamer. Writer. Creator.

Pics of our DAY:

We all try to squeeze in and take a picture with Julie Dasher!

We are getting ready to enjoy lunch together!

Our Table At Lunch!

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you would like to learn more about Girls In Action, become a volunteer, bring the GIA programs to your school/community, become a girl in GIA, or donate to support GIA”s programs, please check out the Girls In Action website or shoot me an email and I will connect you to the wonderful folks at GIA!

 

 

 

 

 

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No Complaints Here – and I'm Grinning Ear To Ear Everyday!

No Complaints Here – and I'm Grinning Ear To Ear Everyday!

I have no complaints, and I”m grinning from ear to ear every day!

Complaining never changed anything, anyway.


It”s the want to change, the need for change, and the move towards change that creates something positive from something negative.

What is a complaint? It”s your precious time, wasted, thinking about a negative thought. Thinking and speaking negative thoughts don”t help you. Most times, it makes you feel worse – overwhelmed, overworked, under appreciated, underutilized, etc. Complaining sucks the fun out of everything. “Fun sucker” – is that what you want to be known for?

Hate where you live? Why spend all that time complaining about it? Instead, redirect that time on finding a new place to live.

Hate your lying, cheating boyfriend? Why best online casino spend any time complaining about it? Complaining about him never changed him in the past – what makes you think that complaining about it is going to make it better? Spend that time instead reflecting on all the ways that you have attracted the wrong type of boyfriend, and spend that same amount of time making adjustments so that you can attract the kind of boyfriend you deserve.

Hate YOUR job?

Hate your job? Why spend ANYTIME complaining about it. The job isn”t going to change. Spend your time instead finding ways to 1.) find the job you love or 2.) create the job you love.

The only time a complaint is a positive is the moment it makes you realize that something is not quite right. Once you realize it (whether it”s your home, your boyfriend, your job, etc.), you should spend the time trying to figure out why it”s not quite right and making adjustments to make it what you want.

That small, conscious change > from less complaining to making the changes necessary to go from “not so perfect” to PERFECT can make a HUGE difference in your life.

I have no complaints, and I”m grinning from ear to ear every day!

PS – While you”re at it, DREAM BIG!

-Daisy Nguyen

Dreamer. Writer. Creator.

Lessons from Yoda: Believe or FAIL

Lessons from Yoda: Believe or FAIL

I love this quote from Star Wars:

Luke: I don”t believe it!

Yoda: That”s why you fail.

We want to make it more complicated than that, but it”s not. Believe it: YOU are YOUR limit. You set the limit, so why not dream BIG?

I was a kid when the Star Wars movies came out. As a kid, I did not fully understand what Yoda was trying to say to Luke Skywalker (and to me!), but I kept coming back to that line over and over again throughout my life. I don”t know remember the exact moment when I finally understood, but when I did, it changed my life.

I suddenly realized something about limits. I had two choices when I ran into a limit: (and so do you!)

  1. Remove the limit. Think you need a CPA to get to the next level of your career? Then go GET IT. Think you need an expensive suit to land that fancy job? Then go GET IT. Think you need a <insert magical document or superpower here>? Then GO GET IT. Overcoming these self-imposed limits gives us great power and casino confidence until one day, you…
  2. Believe there is NO LIMIT. See the other solutions and opportunities available to you. So many people see a door that is closed and are so focused on the closed door they don”t see the millions of open doors (i.e. opportunities) available to them. SEE THE OPEN DOORS!
The success you achieve is entirely up to you – what you believe you can do, you will SUCCEED. The opposite is also true – what you do not believe – you will FAIL.
Remember Yoda, and may the force be with you!

PS – Dream BIG!

-Daisy Nguyen

Dreamer. Writer. Motivator. Creator.