Wishin' and Hopin'

I think dreams are good for us. They give us vision and motivation to keep pressing on in life. I know, personally, when I have dreams and goals, I feel like I have a purpose. A purpose in life. What seems to happen, a lot of the time, is while I begin to pursue my dreams, new ones begin to form, new paths open up and all kind of fun surprises tend to appear. This is when I really love life and appreciate how God just knows exactly the plans He has for me.

 I wanted to approach this months theme of DREAM at SFTIO with a layout that had all the little dreams and goals I have right now. Sometimes they change within a year or even a week but I wanted to record the here and now. What is interesting, is to see which ones really have changed and which dreams have been a constant.

I don't think the dream of finding the right man has ever left. But I do think my approach has changed over the years as I have grown and matured. A lot of it has to do with my values and beliefs. Also, being back to my high school weight is a dream that will never go away until I'm there. I like this dream more and more because what it has morphed into, is a desire to be healthy and take care of my body. So if I never get back to that goal weight, at least I know I'm pushing myself to make healthy choices.

Other dreams are based on where I'm currently at. Take, for example, this whole creative thing. I've always loved art. But had never considered taking it on as a full time career until a few years ago when I had the opportunity to teach art. I loved it. There is something special about watching the creative light bulb go off in children's brains. To watch the light in their eyes appear when they feel proud of their artwork. I love being that cheerleader and teaching them the fundamentals. Plus, getting the opportunity to be creative along side students is so much fun! Since then, it has slowly become a goal and dream of mine to be immersed in the art world in some capacity. We'll see what happens.

And I think I've expressed it in enough layouts the past few months my desire to move to Chicago. So I won't bore you too much with that. ;)

All supplies (except for the leaves) are from the February kit DREAM from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

LOVE these flowers. They had that perfect dreamy, soft embellishment to the layout. I also like the symbolism of the window frames. It's like peeking into our dreams and seeing a future that could possibly be your own.

I used my Cameo to cut out the collection of cloud shapes and use dimensional adhesive so they would be "floating" above my head and on the paper.

To be honest with you, I wasn't entirely happy with the overall composition of this layout. It's one that I had this vision in my head but when it came to fruition, it just didn't measure up. I don't hate it, though. And, it's growing on me!