Sling Diaries Entry 1 // Ambition

I am so excited to share that we have been chosen, along with 14 other amazing mothers, to participate in the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries Volume VI: Better Together. My entries will expand over the next six months where I will be sharing my thoughts and feelings on a range of different themes pertaining to life and motherhood. Thank you so much for reading along!

I believe ambition is something that lives within all of us. Each of us has goals and dreams and we know our hearts desire. It’s learning to recognize what those are and going for it that’s the tricky part. Social pressures, fear or lack of self confidence can hinder our desire to really go after the life we want, but it’s so important to overcome these obstacles we create for ourselves. And as cliche as it might sound, all it is is about believing in yourself. It's about seeing the potential inside yourself and setting it free. Some of the most proud moments of my life have been when I’ve put my heart out there and just gone for it. 

I’ve always thought of myself as a free spirit. I often find my mind wandering and tend to have dreams bigger than reality sometimes. When I was younger I bounced from interest to interest, job to job, home to home. When I got married we lived in more states than I ever imagined and began checking things off our bucket list. Traveling brings my spirit alive; I want to see and do it all! I dabbled in a range of career paths and what I would become was always on my mind. But the world held so many opportunities in my eyes, making it difficult for me to commit to one path. At the ripe age of 20, I reached a point where I needed to start making real decisions. I felt a little bit like a failure that I had no clear vision of who I was and what I wanted out of life when it seemed everyone else around me did. 

Of course as I look back now, I can see there was no failure in any of that, only learning and growing into myself as a person. And I experienced so much fun and adventure in the process.  

I did go on to finish school and as I held that diploma in my hand, I realized it was the first big goal I had followed through and saw to the end. So just by finishing, it changed me in the best ways. Graduating was really the first step in helping me to believe in myself and my abilities. I proved to myself that I have so much to offer and can accomplish the things I set my mind to. 

With my sweetheart, my ambitions are his and his are mine. We are dreamers and do-ers and have been from the beginning. One of the things that drew me to my husband was the fact that he was up for anything and I knew a life with him would be the greatest adventure. I smile at the memory of jumping out of a plane with him, something I dreamed my whole life of doing. Then there's the traveling, the small adventures and fun moments we experience daily. I think of how hard we worked together to bring Wesley into the world unmedicated, naturally and peacefully when so many people said it wasn’t possible. And of course, the late nights we stay up talking about our future, goals and dreams. We strive together to create the life we want to live. And I think that is what it’s about. Just tuning into what you really want your life to look like and making it happen. Yes it almost always takes work, but it is so worth it. 

My path is clearer today than it was when I was younger, but that girl who can’t stop dreaming is still there. I’m grateful for her. I’ve been able to carve out what my passions really are and zone in on those. Some come to fruition as I work consistently towards them and others are put on the back burner for now. Being a good, loving mother is the greatest ambition of my life so right now, a lot of my goals are connected to that area of my life. I never thought the most successful I’d feel would lie in these days of caring for my children, but its true, I’ve never felt more proud and accomplished. 

We hope to teach our children by example that really, anything is possible. We want them to know and understand their divine potential. Even if every goal or ambition doesn’t work out, I always want them to see that we can pursue a life that fills us with joy and purpose. I’m proud that I live listening to my heart, I’m proud to be a dreamer.

The sling I am using is a Classic Linen in the color Sencha and was generously provided by Sakura Bloom.