I would consider myself a daydreamer. I'm one of those people who can get lost in thought for stretches of time, sketching out a new possibility in my mind. I consider this a check in the plus column of my life, because this ability to readily "space out" (ha!) has allowed me to create fragrance experiences I love, courses I truly believe in, and a life that is truly beyond my wildest dreams. It goes without saying that in our fast-paced, zany, always-on world, that I'm a big fan of letting your mind rest and your imagination take over.
I'm often inspired by Marie Forleo's exercises because she has a unique ability to put an actionable framework around a daydream. Her guide to Turning Wishes Into Reality is one I often watch on a loop because it's so dang inspiring. Take a peekaroo:
Inspiring, right? It's like we've been given the permission to play so that we can bring about greater possibilities in our lives. That's pretty cool in my book.
This week, I challenge you to try this "Wouldn't It Be Fun" exercise in possibility. So often, we squash options before they even have a chance to blossom because we think they're too far-fetched. Want to run your own company? is often followed up with an "Aw, I could never do that. I don't have the right education and I have two kids, and it's just impossible." Or, maybe you've been longing to do some humanitarian work that speaks to your heart and soul, but you just can't see a way to connect point A to point B, so you give up before the planning has even started. Not, this week.
This week, I give you permission - no, I challenge you, to take 15 minutes out of your day (I recommend the shower. For you moms out there, you know it's the precious time we have alone…if we're lucky) to daydream. Start by asking yourself, "Wouldn't it be fun…." and follow that up with "to…visit Bali" or "if I could move to San Francisco and start that stationery company I've always dreamed of." This exercise needn't be one of pressure or relegated to lofty goals either. Your 15 minutes could start off simply. "Wouldn't it be fun to eat a delicious cupcake today from that knockout bakery and not think once about calories or consequences." You get my drift.
I want to hear from you. What, when you let your imagination take over, felt fun to you. What dreams and hopes emerged and spoke to you? What plans started forming before your very eyes? Visualization is powerful, but it really starts with allowing yourself to even think that your dreams have possibility.
In dreams…and reality.