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Dreams Really Do Come True...

Just not like in a princess movie sort of way...

As moms we’re frequently asked, “What do you want out of life?”

The answer (at least the politically correct answer) goes something like, “I just want my kids to grow up happy and healthy.”

Now I’m not implying that this isn’t a truthful response because as a mom, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to make sure that my children are safe and fulfilled. I would, however, like to rephrase the question and ask, “What are YOUR hopes and dreams for YOURSELF in your life?”

That may be a tougher question to answer…

I am a firm believer in having your own goals and ambitions that are separate from those of your husband, children, family and friends. Dreams that are truly your own. Call it your “bucket list” of things you want to accomplish while you are on this earth.

I have many hopes that I tend to keep to myself. I hope that my husband will continue to find me attractive even though I’ve crossed into the 40’s. I hope that I can be a strong role model for my children. I hope that someday I will truly learn to live in the moment and enjoy even life’s littlest victories. But there is one dream that I’ve had for years. I’m only sharing it now because it may actually be coming true - - a little chicken s--- I know, but it was so far from reality that I could hardly even dare to daydream about it.

My dream was to be on The Today Show. Or as I casually referred to it, my dream was to meet Matt Lauer. It’s not really what you think (although I’m not sure that my husband believes me), because although Matt is a handsome man, I watch The Today Show faithfully every morning and Matt, Savannah, Al, Natalie, Kathie Lee & Hoda help me start each morning on the right foot. In fact, I’m pretty sure that almost everything I’ve learned in my adult life, I learned from watching them on TV each morning.

So when my marketing manager called me the other day and said, “The Today Show contacted us and they want you to do a Valentine’s Day segment on February 6,” I literally about passed out.

After I stopped hyperventilating, I realized of course, that none of this had happened overnight.  It took blood, sweat and many tears to build our business and try to make our dreams a reality.

As we head off to New York in a few days, I will do my best to knock ‘em dead and soak up the moment. And if I do get to meet Matt and the rest of the team, I’d like to thank them for sharing their stories with us each morning and maybe even for indirectly encouraging us to reach for our own stars.

And to all of you strong, smart, passionate and seemingly never-tiring moms who push yourselves every day – grab your own brass ring! It may be closer than you think if you reach just a little bit further.

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