Inspiring and Educating Tomorrow’s Influencers
Even at the tender age of three, I can remember crying because I couldn’t read. From the time of my earliest memories, the power of words intrigued and inspired me. I can’t explain it, other than this magnetic draw was wired into me from my conception.
I grew up in the Missouri countryside, climbing high among the branches of Oaks and Elms, where gentle summer breezes swayed me peacefully in their tree tops. My siblings and I ran over hills and hollers that would be called mountains in some regions, so we could play with our neighbors and friends. We chased wild rabbits and chickens in the pen–I don’t recall catching even one. We called, “Red Rover, “Red Rover,” and sang “London Bridges falling down.”
We were financially poor yet richly happy. I laughed until my sides hurt, was fit and strong, and I was not afraid to dream. Big!
A massive Oak guarded the line where our property eased into acres of wooded forest behind our house. That Oak was my “Thinking Tree.” Who knows how many hours, days, and weeks of my life were spent hiding in the curvature of its trunk, where a natural hollow at the base made a perfect secret room for me to escape to, when I needed to be alone. (I was the oldest of six children.) A carpet of velvet moss made the ground soft beneath me, as if God had designed this special place just for me to enjoy.
It was there, I wondered, imagined, and envisioned my future. Filled with questions and ideas, I learned to dare and dream. In the soil of adversity and adventure, I began to understand the importance of working hard to make dreams come true, but through my country education, I also realized you must maintain them once they do.
Tending Your Dreams is about doing what you were made for, and keeping that purpose alive. You were created for something special–whether you realize it or not. You have gifts, talents, abilities, and unique experiences that are meant to be shared. My goal is to encourage and motivate you through practical and inspirational stories, tips, information, and tools. My hope is to hear you are daring to dream. And that you are doing it big! I believe in you!!!
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” –Pablo Picasso