>Fears & Dreams – Start living now!


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”- Henry David Thoreau

Truer words have never been written. When my husband and I decided to pick up and change our entire life we had the strangest reactions from people. You would think that our family and friends would be ecstatic about us moving to the ocean and living our dream of working for ourselves…NOPE!

We received remarks of jealousy, anger, disappointment and asking if we were literally insane! What bothered me more than these negative comments were that they didn’t think that they could ever live their dreams!

I had heart to heart talks with several friends and encouraged them to follow their dreams too, but they came up with some excuse as to why they had to stay in a job they hated, in a bad relationship, in a home and location where they didn’t want to be. Why? Fear, pure and simple.

I am no one special yet was told that people are jealous because I’m living how I want, but most people don’t. I guess I don’t understand what the big deal is. We all have it in us to do whatever we want to do.

If you don’t know the full story I will briefly recap: In the Spring of 2008 my mother-in-law and mother both unexpectedly died within a week of each other. This slap in the face shook David and I to the core and made us re-evaluate our life. Among other stresses during the next few months included our daughter moving in with her boyfriend, loss of my job due to economy, David was injured at his job, renovated our home, we sold our home for a loss and moved from a city to a tiny coastal community.

So now that you are up to speed…we have fully relocated into our simple home in Ocean Park, Washington. It is located on a peninsula in SW Washington. We are a 3 minute drive to the beach or a mile walk on foot. We are running a soy candle manufacturing business from home and are loving life. Don’t get me wrong, things are NOT perfect. Working and living with your spouse day in and day out is absolutely not the easiest thing to do in the world. The main difference is that we are grateful for each day and whatever it brings.

You may be wondering how we were able to attain our dream of living at the ocean…simple! We made a dream board. I have used dream boards for years and it is one of the easiest things that one can do to focus on their goals. You simply grab some paper and tape them together to form a poster sized piece of paper. Next, grab magazines, newspapers or any printed materials which can be cut up. Ask a friend or family member for their old magazines if you don’t subscribe to any. You then flip through and cut out the pictures which represent the things you want. If you want a new truck then find a similar truck – it doesn’t have to be exact, just a representation. Continue until your poster is made. Using a glue stick is easiest but scotch tape works just fine.

Now that you have your dream board prepared, place it somewhere where you will see it each and every day. Look at it for several minutes each day to put those goals into your subconscious…it works!

You do not need to know how you will attain the items on your dream boards, you just need to believe that they will come to you. It is amazing how a positive attitude and faith combined can give you all that you want and need in life!

So, what is your fear? What is holding you back from living your dream? There is an old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

I wish the best for you and would love to answer any questions you may have. I have included some links below to help you on your journey to your dreams.

Keep dreaming!

Marie Rhoades – Owner
Sally Lee Candle Co.


2 Powerful Secrets About Dream Boards and your Subconscious Mind

How to Make a Dream Board

Top 7 Instructions For Creating Your First Personal & Business Dream Board


About marierhoades

Beach bum, wife, mother, lover of dogs & cats. Editor of Sally Lee by the Sea, http://nauticalcottageblog.com, a beach cottage design & lifestyle website.
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