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Can you achieve your DREAMS without SUPPORT?


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

First of all, I was shocked this morning when I woke up to find my very SHORT post (only 10 lines of type!) had received a "popular blog post" award. I've spent a lot of time this morning reading the comments & visiting blogs of my friends & others I've never encountered. Thank you ALL!

But, more than that, I hope my daughter's reminder to "never give up on your dreams" has embedded itself into my heart and to yours. We won't see our dreams become reality if we don't keep working towards them. We might have to 'modify' them (as several people mentioned), but we need to keep reaching! We might have to change the time frame of our dreams, but we need to keep pushing!

The other lesson I learned from this post (& the award) was about support. Who is supporting your dreams?

I am thankful to have the support of my family. My daughter is 12 and I don't always 'feel' like she's supporting me, but her comment ("never give up on your dreams!") meant so much to me! My husband supports me by taking my daughter out to eat on the weekends as I do my long rides & runs & he even goes in to work later than he'd like to some days so I can get my workouts done before he leaves. My sister-in-law supports me as we text back & forth while she trains for her marathon & I train for another half. And so many in my family support me by their encouraging words & even showing up to cheer me on at my events! emoticon

I am thankful for the support of my friends. I now am thankful to have cycling buddies... and running buddies... and triathlon/duathlon buddies. It wasn't always that way! I trained for the first year all by myself! And, I still do a lot of my workouts alone, but it's great when I have friends around me!

I am thankful for the support of my SP friends, too. I started this journey with SP a little over 3 years ago and would not have lost the weight... or ran my first 60 seconds... or ran my first 5K... or my first half marathon... or my first triathlon... without the support of SP!!! And, I saw the pounds start packing themselves back on to my body when I stopped being part of the SP community!!!

Can someone achieve their dreams without support of others? Probably. But, I know it must be so much harder. And, I'm sure some of you have family members or friends who are anything but supportive. I don't know how you do it, but I hope you keep going. You are worth the effort (as someone commented on my last post)!

And, we all need to know that our SP buddies are out there. There's always someone willing to listen & to encourage. What an incredible online community we have! (And, it's neat when you get to meet an SP buddy in PERSON as I've been blessed to have done once. I hope I meet many more of you!)

Thanks again for reading my other post, for reading this post, for the comments & suggestions & encouragement. For now, I guess it's time I get off the computer & do my strength training! emoticon

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LISAINMS 8/7/2013 10:13PM

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SHAIRRYD 8/7/2013 3:02PM

  You know it is so often that I find encouragement from the blogs/post of the SP friends and it helps so much. Thanks to all of you who blog and send out good words of hope and encouragement. Your daughter's reminder defineitely gave me a boost. thanks for sharing it with us. 'Never give up on your dreams" is exactly what I needed to hear today. Take care and God's Blessings be with you. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/7/2013 11:10AM

    I read that breast cancer patients that can name 10 friends have a 67% better survival rate than those that can't (for comparable cancers). Support can mean the difference between life and death. It's that important.

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GIANTMICROBE 8/7/2013 10:57AM

    Love this. Yes, sometimes you do have to modify dreams but it can work out for the best. If you have been keeping up, you know I've always planned to go to grad school. I've been trying for a few years now, taken GREs, gotten rejected from my safety school, etc... I've modified my dream a little but I'm still going for it! Thanks for the blog posts :)

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FEMISLIM 8/7/2013 10:19AM

    Support is always a plus for the journey. Great that you have lots.

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WADINGMOOSE 8/7/2013 10:18AM

    Congrats on the popular post and it's awesome to have that kind of support from your family. Your daughter is awesome - good job raising her.

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