Birth of a Dream

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“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” 
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do you have a big, beautiful, bodacious dream languishing in the recesses of your mind?

We all do. Sometimes we don’t actually believe we can have it, but the niggling idea is still there.

I love watching people bring a long wished for and worked for dream made manifest. It could be a marathon (like my friend Shari when she participated in the Ironman). It could be a health struggle overcome (like my friend Rita who’s halfway there with Lyme!). Maybe becoming fluent in another sexy language (like my friend Laura who’s mastered Spanish).

The year is soon coming to a close and it’s that time again when many of us feel the urge to review the year past and set intentions for the year ahead.

What do you dream of? What did you, once again, put on that “one day” list? There is no time like now. What if you suspended any disbelief or excuses and just moved forward boldly in the direction of one super-cool-make-you-pee-your-pants dream?

My favourite guy Dr. Joe (Dispenza) says to rehearse everyday the person you will be in the midst of that dream. What will it feel like, look like, sound like, smell like?

Make a call. Do the research. Fill out the application. Find the mentor. Start the savings account and name it “My Big Bold Dream 2014.”

As Goethe stated: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

I’d love to read about your big dream here under comments. Sometimes just “confessing” brings action.

I’ve been working on a dream—a new website—for quite some time. It’s morphed many times and likely will yet again.

It began as the ‘Fundraiser Café’ with the lofty goal of partnering with cancer organizations to raise funds for hands-on work with patients. Have you ever tried working with non-profits? I went to many meetings and learned that the red-tape factor behind giving is absurdly difficult. So I gave up on that.

The site was discussed and debated with my school coach and mentors as well as our visiting class speakers and has been postponed by two typhoons and one epic flood (really!)

Within the same month of my new website launching, I learned that I am approved for my first ever writing grant from the Calgary Arts Development to visit the beautiful art mecca of San Miguel de Allende for a large writer’s conference where Yan Martel (Life of Pi) will be a keynote speaker, along with one of my favourite authors, Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate). It’s the pure magic and miracles I wrote of in my last post and I am to the moon, Alice!

I have a main author site, but I’ve always loved sending and giving cards and words of encouragement, love or inspiration and have wanted to create a way to do that at large. The Write Way Gift Café is the end result.

I’m excited about the whole enchilada, however, my new Postcards from God and Postcards from the Universe really warms my heart because it’s an anonymous, random act of kindness that truly moves the receiver. I’ve test driven them and written them for all kinds of reasons from the illness of a baby to the coming out of a mid-life man.

My new quote bracelets are lots of fun, but unfortunately we’ve missed the window for Christmas shipping … however, great New Year’s gift for friends and self!

It’s been so long coming that I’ve kind of surrendered the outcome of this project, but I thought I’d have some fun with a social media sharing contest.


Just email me at and let me know where you’ve shared my new website link or newsletter. Could be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, or via email. For each share, your name goes into an old-fashioned draw box.

Also, ‘like’ The Cuban Chronicles on Facebook and you’re in the draw.

The Write Way Gift Café 

First place: The quote bracelet below, a paperback copy of The Cuban Chronicles and a Postcard from God or the Universe to anyone, anywhere.

Second place: This quote bracelet, an E-book version of The Cuban Chronicles (Kindle or whatever format you wish).

Third place: This quote bracelet.

Contest closes Jan. 15th.

"Every journey has a destination of which the traveler is unaware." -Martin Buber A treasure for every intrepid traveler! (the disk says Discover)

“Every journey has a destination of which the traveler is unaware.”
-Martin Buber
A treasure for every intrepid traveler!
(the disk says Discover)


Thank you so much for sharing. I truly appreciate it!


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8 Responses to Birth of a Dream

  1. Garry richardson says:

    The dream of dreams would be to take 100 drug abusers who were truly wanting to get clean to a camp where they stood a chance of real success. I believe it would require at least one year of total commitment to the program. They would be free from temptation, they would be fed properly and taught how to feed themselves properly. They would be taught a usable skill to be self sufficient. They would be taught that they are a gift to themselves. They would be taught how to work and be helpful. They would get healthy. A program like this instead of 30 days in a government rehab and back out on the street would give them a chance. It would take a lottery win for me to do this, but who knows, stranger things have happened.

    • wanda says:

      Awesome dream Garry! Such a wonderful thing to do for the world. And yes, believe me – stranger things have happened.

      Best of luck with your big, beautiful dream.

  2. I loved this post and for me so timely as I’m the queen of procrastinators.

  3. Great post that will really get me thinking–so true that often if we just write something down it’s more likely to come to fruition, and even more so if we tell sp done else. Thanks

    • wanda says:

      Awesome! Go for whatever it is your precious heart desires Vivienne (love your name – so French!).It’s amazing what happens when you set an intention … I’m living proof as I sit here in my beloved, beautiful Mexico writing to you!

  4. Lynn says:

    I dream of taking my business on the road in a trailer so that I can live and work and travel all at the same time. Go down to the US and Mexico and trips in Canada during the warm months. I am just thinking this through and how it can be achieved but I will put it on my list for 2014. Congrats on the grant too, good stuff!

    • wanda says:

      Hey Lynn … excellente! Don’t worry too much about the HOW. Just visualize the what. I’ve found it amazing how something comes to be that I couldn’t have imagined happening.

      Thanks re: the grant. So exciting!

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