The Truth About Dream Chasing…

ImagePhoto Caption: On a #dreamchasing Mission in New York, pictured here at the Roc Nation Offices for a meeting!

Had a great conversation with one of my coworkers today about dream chasing. 

My coworker has essentially made the decision to pursue a life-long dream, and this coworker knows about my dream & goal of continuing to build and grow Donda’s House to a point where we exist in every major city and youth around the world can have access to our arts programming FOR FREE! 

The thing about dream chasing is that: 

– It requires more faith than fear… Faith that everything is going to work out. Faith that you aren’t making the biggest mistake in your life. Faith that your needs will be provided for, and that net will catch you before you fall head & face first onto the concrete… 

– It is super delicate… you have to be careful who you share your dream with because some people are dream killers… You’ll find yourself trying to convince and justify your dream so much that you will no longer have the energy to pursue your dream. Be sure that you surround yourself with dream feeders! People that will give you the knowledge, support and resources to make your dream a reality. 

– It requires action… “A goal without a deadline is just a dream…” it will only exist in your heart and in your mind unless you take specific actions on a consistent basis to make the dream real. Don’t focus on the end result… That can be discouraging, instead focus on the baby steps, the small actions that you can take, daily, weekly or  monthly to reach the GOAL. 

Dream chasing is not easy… It takes a lot of energy… can be both emotionally rewarding and emotionally draining, but in the end, you’ll be happy because you are living your life on purpose! 

From one dream chaser to another, I salute you! 

Which Tribe(s) Do You Belong To?

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I had the pleasure of attending Happy Black Woman’s Launch Yourself Tour last night here in Chicago and as always it was exactly where I needed to be. Over the years, Rosetta Thurman, the genius & gorgeous spirit behind http://happyblackwoman.com/ has inspired me so much because she’s so transparent, actually practices what she preaches, and she’s literally created the life she envisioned, she is driven by her mission and she gives you the love tough… her love & her passion for empowering women just oozes from her…

There were so many take-aways from last night’s session, but the thing that is sticking with me the most is the importance of taking small, consistent steps toward a goal. I’m a dreamer… my head is always in the clouds… but sometimes, its  important to not think about the finish line but to just concentrate on the next step, and then the next and eventually you hit your stride. There are so many things that are out of our control – the weather and other people, but there are so many things that are in our control – how much TV we watch and social networks we stalk watch. Time is not something that happens to us, it is something that we dictate.

The other thought, as I looked around the room filled with beautiful black woman in various industries, of various income levels and of differing ages – was the importance of being surrounded by people of the same gender that not only cheer you on, but challenge you with the hard questions and remind you of the promises you made. Rosetta described the room as a “tribe.” As I prepare for a summer of amazing opportunities and unforeseen challenges, I am thinking about ways that I can build, interact with and support my fellow warriors and dream chasers.