1. Teach me! I’d totally love to get some help on all of this hullabaloo and I’m sure so many college students would appreciate it too… So go for it and the rest of your dreams… You go girl!

  2. What a great post Molly. I really need to do this, sit down and figure out my short term and long term goals. Good luck with your goals.



  3. I love love love your dreams and I love that you shared them with the world.

    Dreams. I struggle with dreams and goals. My uber driven and successful mom wishes I dreamed bigger. I know she does.

    My dreams since age 12 have been to be a wife and mother. Now I’m 42. What do I do with that? Most dreams I’ve had along the way have been squelched.

    So, I kinda hide in the corner and just do my job. A job I love but I get squashed whenever I express my real thoughts and opinions so that just makes me cower. Now, that makes me sad. Really sad.

    What do you do with dreams you can do absolutely nothing about?

    That’s why I haven’t done a post like this. Well, maybe I have but not titled it as such.

    You are brave Molly and I love that!

  4. You can accomplish each one of your goals! They’re big, but feasible. Nursing is definitely doable! Here we are, almost 16 months in, and I’m not sure if I ever wanna stop! Ok, not never, but it’s special and it’s ours. And the TOMS shoe collab?! Awesome! Get it, girl!

    One of my huge goals/dreams is to be Montessori certified and open my own school in Virginia. 🙂

  5. Hey molly! where did you go in Kenya? I’ve been there a couple of times, in the western province- near Kisumu. It’s so good to meet another blogger that has a heart for the same country as me 🙂

    1. stayed in Nairobi a little bit but spent most of our time in Kiria, a small village about 3.5 hours north of nairobi at the base of the aberdare mountains in the Kinangop area. 🙂 i love that country so much. <3

  6. im pretty sure you are going to be able to do ALL of those….ps if you ever get your own Toms line will you do a faux leather pair for me?! Also, we can tag team the fashion photography….your pictures WILL end up in a mag one day 🙂
    brooke @ what2wear

  7. Aw, those all sound great! I hope ALL your dreams will somehow come true!

    My biggest dreams are pretty basic. Be happy, be loved, get married, have a family. Although, for me, these are a little more than just basic dreams. I’ve never know happiness, love, or TRUE family. So for me, it’s sort of like dreaming of things that don’t exist. But I can’t stop dreaming.

    As far as huge dreams go, I dream of being an author who reaches out to people and saves lives and brings people to Christ. It’s amazing how much impact books have on our lives. Harry Potter has brought us magic. Shakespeare and many other classics still live on after all these years. And the biggest of all? The Bible of course. Books have an impact and I want to reach out to people like me through them. And then I want to help in other ways.

    But those are my biggest dreams. lol

  8. You have def just inspired me to do a post similar to this one! Ive always had a problem with saying my dreams out loud (in fear of what people may say) you helped me realize there is NOTHING about your dreams that you should be ashamed of. Thank you!

  9. I really love this, Molly! I’ve always had a hard time sharing my real serious personal goals–maybe because I worry I’ll be embarrassed if I share them but don’t actually achieve them? Either way, this was definitely inspirational to read–and I think a lot of these are SERIOUSLY in your grasp. You’ve already put the intention out there, that’s half the battle!

  10. I understand why this is so scary because putting yourself out there is just that! I have so many similar dreams to yours! I love where your heart is. I love your priorities. First and foremost, I would love to be able to grow my blog big enough to have it be my sole income like Shanna or Kate. It would mean I could stay home with my babies. And perhaps one day, I will find a way to do that. Maybe it’s through another format – maybe I should focus on my teaching skills and share concepts/projects/etc. that way. Anyway, I think your dreams and goals are awesome. I can totally see you rocking them.

  11. Beautiful post! You have done exactly what He said, “And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2. Very inspirational, thank you for sharing and be blessed. It’s so funny I posted a Wordless Wednesday today of a traffic light set at green, we should all just do the dang thang, whatever it is!

  12. Those are some really great goals molly, and I think a lot of them are definitely achievable! I would totally wear one of your scarves.. and heck if you can get me a cute nursing top, I’ll wear that too. 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  13. It’s great that you were willing to share this list with us! I would totally rock a Molly scarf and TOMS! I’ve always wanted a pair, but I’ve never gotten a pair. One of my life goals is to visit Africa..maybe when both kids graduate high school and start college 🙂

    As for an instrument, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play one too…I mean I can play a meeeean kazoo, but that’s about it! 🙂

  14. This is such a great post. I’m so glad that you shared this! I don’t know why, but I definitely shy away from sharing my long-term goals with people. It’s almost like I’m fearful that I won’t get to that point and saying it out loud would be an embarrassment? It’s silly really. I would absolutely LOVE to be able to blog, even just part-time and stay home with my future children. Maybe one day!

  15. I love that you wrote your dreams down and shared them with us! This was definitely inspirational. When you design those Toms (which you will) I’ll be the first to buy a pair. Can you make little boy toms too? I’ll buy those as well 🙂 I also want to be a adjunct college professor…something to do with teaching…not quite sure yet. After Noel is done with law school, and all settled in, I’m going to go back for my Masters. Love this list!

  16. I resisted doing the same for a very long time, but for my thirty – first birthday, I started a Gaming Company, where I chase the big dream of writing roleplaying books for a living with my best friends. It may be years or decades before we get a product to print, and piracy may well ensure I don’t see a dime for the work, but if it would take off, and I and my friends could quit our da jobs to spend every day writing, collaborating, playtesting, and just enjoying our work, I would be the happiest man alive.

  17. This post hits right at home. Especially now more than ever. I’ve never actually taken the time to write down my goals. I’ve always had a few, but they’ve either changed because that was no longer what I wanted, I had changed and they weren’t right for me, or I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish them. I’ve been living in fear that I’ll fail, and that’s stopped me from even trying to take a step towards my dream. I freeze. I get anxious just thinking about it. But lately I’ve been a little more open to trying. Taking action to accomplish my dreams.

    I dream of being able to sell merchandise with my own art. Design and sell my own stationary. Open a small bakery/cafe. Traveling is my biggest one. But most of all, I hope to one day find, or build, my own Victorian house, with fireplaces in every room, and somewhere where I can see the seasons come and go. I know that’ll mean moving away from where my family is, and although I would love to always be near them, I think I would love to try out living somewhere else for a bit.

    Anyways, I finally decided to try and make one of those dreams come true. Which would be selling my art at a large convention during the summer. Before I had always been to afraid to fail to even try. ‘Why try when I’m just going to fail,’ was what always ran through my head…..Well, I started about 2 months before because I originally hadn’t planned on doing it, but a friend convinced me. With little to no time to get everything set up I worked like a mad woman to try anyways. I stayed up late almost every night, or well into the next morning/afternoon. I ordered all the supplies I would need. Kept telling myself through the exhaustion that I could do it. But as the date got closer, and people started talking about my not being able to make it, my drive slowed down to a complete stop once the doubt entered. Up until that point I had been telling myself that somehow, some way I would be able to accomplish all the work I still had left. That I would somehow get the money I needed to print everything. But that doubt, it just wiped away all that hope.

    Well, the day I was supposed to have set out on arrived, and I called my friend that morning that I wouldn’t be able to make it. All that work, all those hours I had put in, and towards the end I ended up jeopardizing myself the moment I let doubt and fear take hold. I tried to play down just how much I wanted to make it, all the while holding back my tears. For a while I tried working on stuff again, still trying to finish it, even though the dream of selling at the convention was over, I could still sell online. I couldn’t continue after a while though. I just felt so down after that, that I didn’t touch any of my work for most of the summer.

    I know I still have a chance of selling next summer, but I had really looked forward to doing it this past one. I had been aiming so hard towards it. I’m trying to get back on that metaphorical horse again, I didn’t realize how hard that moment had impacted me, but because of it I ended up back at square one in terms of motivation. But I’m working on it again. Telling myself that that wasn’t the end. There’s still next year, plenty of time to improve, and create new things. This time I hope that I’m able to silence out all those disbelievers.

    I believe I strayed away from the topic a bit, maybe??? But this post made me realize that I’ve never listed what my dreams were. At least not since the 4th grade when they had you do a project about what your dreams are.

    Thanks so much for finally hitting that ‘publish’ button and sharing with everyone your dreams. I hope that you’ll be able to fulfill them. My advice, believe you can do it, and don’t let the doubts from others get to you.

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