Photography by Joseph Moran, Hair & Make-up by Tamara Delbridge
If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard. Because if it is isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with. --Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
I've been DreamingOutLoud for some years now. What started as some typical woo-woo-starving-artist-what-does-it-all-mean endeavor slowly became the most wonderful way to not only survive this life, but to thrive: to learn how to wake up and love what I do for a living with people I love to do this work with.
DreamingOutLoud taught me that if something doesn't feel right, then it's not. It taught me that happiness isn't a privilege or a secret club that few get to experience, but it is our birthrite. It's the place where we love ourselves so much, we don't have any time left over to fight or compete with others. It's finding abundance in every corner of your life and any place that feels a little too dark, tight and lonely is some place you're not supposed to be. Dreaming OutLoud taught me to live...really live...and happiness is a given when you're really alive and living the life you've dreamed about...not the one you settle for.
What's the gift? DreamingOutLoud is a 3 step process to figure out:
What your goals are
What makes you happy
How to get there as quickly and easily as possible
It's a way to reaffirm that the life you're living is indeed the one you desire instead of what you're "supposed to want" or "should have accomplished by this age." It's a way to check in with your biggest fan on the state of your destiny on this earth...You. You were meant for great things...let's make sure you're on track to receive them.
I spoke about DreamingOutLoud in my recent TED Talk (which will be posted in the next few weeks), but I'd love to share with you a step-by-step plan of exactly how I got there. From community organizer, to corporate banking drone, to blissfully-depressed starving artist to thriving, Tony-winning producer, actor, writer and teacher, but mostly a pretty happy lady. No small feat. I get to wake up every morning and do all the things the universe actually put me here to do in the first place. Took me awhile to listen to the smoke signals the heavens were sending my way, but I finally lifted my eyes to the horizon and actually believed what I saw coming my way. All that goodness that I didn't believe was real. Yes, it's there...I promise you. You simply have to open the door and let it in.
Let me show you the way...it's my job to give back the lessons of my journey....so that hopefully, some little girl full of dreams, but weighed down by someone else's mislaid fears, starts to imagine a life for herself that is much bigger than the one everyone is telling her she deserves....that's my job...help me do it, by helping you.
I have a gift for you