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Follow Seven Principles to Make a Dream Doable

I am reading this book, finally after decades of it being on my to-read list. … I followed seven ideas to make this a reality.

Do you have a dream that you are actively achieving? Or, is the dream still in hibernation mode?

I am a bucket list maker. I have dreams in quite a few areas, including theological, cooking, and reading. I have things I want to do during specific seasons as in Summer. On my birthday, I write what I want to accomplish that birth year. I have more ideas than one person could complete in a lifetime. However, I am finally in pursuit of one dream that seemed impossible. At least it seemed impossible according to my original guidelines.

I began to learn Spanish when I lived in Puerto Rico for most of my middle school years. One of my teachers thrilled us with episodes from Don Quixote de la Mancha, to the extent I decided I wanted to read the 1,000-page book in Spanish. Even though I’ve had years of Spanish since then, my grasp of the Spanish is not yet advanced enough to read this adult classic (in Spanish).

“Mom,” my daughter said, “just because you used to know a lot of Spanish doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you can’t read Don Quixote in Spanish now.”

This year, my 60th year, I decided to lay aside unrealistic expectations and make Don Quixote (DQ) the classic book I conquer. And to make this doable, I will read it in English. (In past years, I’ve read, in English, Anna Karenina, The Imitation of Christ, Moby Dick, and War and Peace, to name a few.)

For several months, I rummaged through thrift store shelves and garage sale piles for my very own copy of this classic, Don Quixote de la Mancha. I finally found a two-inch thick, paperback, in pristine shape for $1.99. I love a good deal, especially when buying things I don’t need.

And besides the bargain, I could check Step 1 off my list – Buy the book.

For Step 2, I cracked open the book to the Table of Contents to figure out a reading schedule. I became immediately daunted. Oh, no. This print is too small for me to read. ­

My daughter stepped in again, “Why don’t you go on Amazon and buy a large print edition?”

“Or,” I said, “I can get an e-copy, since I can control the print size on my Kindle.”

After an hour on Amazon, I still had not purchased an e-copy. There are at least 8 DQ versions for the Kindle. How do I pick the BEST version to read?  Too many choices are paralyzing.

I grabbed my ear buds and took a walk to clear my head. When I walk, I frequently listen to an audio book or podcast. After 30 minutes, I put away my headphones and house key. I wondered, Is there an Audible English version of DQ? I opened Audible on my phone to check. Yes, there was an English book. Without any more research, I clicked on this first entry and bought it.

I am now on chapter 72 of 126 chapters. I listen almost every day while I get in my daily steps. I am proud that I am finally tackling a long time dream because I modified it to fit my current lifestyle and skills.

Principles I learned from this process.

  1. Choose a dream.
  2. Make a list of steps from beginning to completion.
  3. Identify expectations and remove the unrealistic ones.
  4. Brainstorm (by yourself or with someone else) actions to achieve the steps.
  5. Do necessary research. But don’t give yourself too many choices.
  6. Choose a path that is doable for this stage of life. Realize that for most goals, there is no BEST path to achievement.
  7. Start the process TODAY.

Your Turn . . . What is a longtime dream you’ve had, but keep pushing out of sight? Is there some way you can adjust it to fit your current lifestyle and skills? 

Let us know in the comments. And we can cheer each other on as we make our impossible dreams possible.

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Musicals Bucket List – My 59th Year Challenge

In these last few years, I’ve often done a yearlong challenge that commemorates how old I am. And there is the added bonus that the challenge helps me remember how old I am.

  • One year I collected that number of Operation Christmas Child boxes.
  • Twice I read that number of books.
  • And this year, my 59th year, I am going to watch musicals. Between March 2017-March 2018, I will watch 59 musicals.

Yes, believe it or not, there are THAT many musicals. In fact there are 100’s of them. TRULY.

So just between these two sources there are about 100 musicals.

And stars such as Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, and Fred Astaire (to name a few) have starred in many musicals as well.

I found several links that pointed me in the right direction:

And I asked my friends on Facebook to recommend their favorite musicals. They gave me 78 ideas.

I picked this challenge because I thought I hadn’t seen very many musicals. Boy was I wrong. On most lists I’ve seen about 50% of the titles. Yet, there are huge gaps in my viewing history. And there are more than 59 musicals I could see.

I made up a list of potentials musical dates. I will see what I can see through Amazon streaming videos, Netflix, the library, thrift store, friends’ collections, and the stage. Since I might not be able to find each one, this list will most likely change.

Which ones on my to-watch list have you seen?

  1. 1776
  2. 42nd Stree
  3. Across the Universe
  4. An American in Paris
  5. Anchors Aweigh
  6. Babes in Arms
  7. Babes in Toyland
  8. Barefoot in the Park
  9. Burlesque
  10. Calamity Jane
  11. Camelot
  12. Carousel
  13. Chicago
  14.  Chorus Line
  15. Christmas Carol with Kelsey Grammer
  16. Dreamgirls
  17. Duck Soup
  18. Easter Parade
  19. Evita
  20. Finian’s Rainbow
  21. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  22. Gigi
  23. Guys and Dolls
  24. Gypsy
  25. Hair
  26. Hairspray
  27. Happy Go Lovely
  28. Hello Dolly
  29. High School Musical
  30. High Society
  31. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  32. Into the Woods
  33. Jersey Boys
  34. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  35. The Last Five Years
  36. Little Shop of Horrors
  37. Lili
  38. Man of La Mancha
  39. Meet Me in St Louis
  40. The Mikado
  41. Moulin Rouge!
  42. Newsies
  43. Oliver!
  44. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  45. On The Town
  46. Otello
  47. The Pajama Game
  48. Princess and the Frog
  49. The Producers
  50. Rent!
  51. Robin and the 7 Hoods
  52. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  53. Second Chorus
  54. Showboat
  55. A Star is Born
  56. State Fair 
  57. Sweeney Todd
  58. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  59. Viva Las Vegas

Your Turn . . . 

  • Do you do anything special to commemorate your own birthday? If yes, what?
  • Do you do yearlong challenges? If yes, how has that gone and what do you do?
  • Are there any musicals I should add to my list?

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