I used to work at an investment bank and I noticed a catchy phrase people would say to each other: “living the dream.” For example, as two men pass each other in the hallway, one man would say “Hey Bob, how’s it going?” and Bob would reply “living the dream!” The exchange was over and the men parted their ways.
It was always a very strange exchange to me. I did not, for one second, believe that these men actually believed that they were living their dream. This, coming from a person who got that job via a temp agency. It was the furthest thing from my dream, so maybe I was projecting…just a tad. It came off as an ironic inside joke among the men in the office.
Today, as I was washing dishes, I realized that I am living my dream. I’ve been one to follow and prepare for my dreams and being a stay-at-home mother is no different. When I wanted to move to NY to model, I saved money and bought furniture for my new place while I was still in college. I came to NY prepared to go full throttle as a model, and I did. When I wanted to start a business, I studied, took tons of course, sought out mentors, joined groups, networked and eventually launched a pretty successful mobile application. As a stay-at-home mother, the “prep” is a long story but it’s something I’ve always wanted. I’ve always wanted to create a life where I can be available for my children. The business I started is purposefully virtual (a mobile app) just so I can work from home and be with my children.
For some reason, I never looked at my life as something I’ve always dreamed of, but it is. I may look at it in pieces and think that, but never as a whole. Self-expressed (check), amazing, ambitious, supportive, intelligent, handsome husband who challenges me in the most constructive ways (check), debt-free with a 6-digit net worth (check), a powerful community of rockstars, wizards, faeries and magical beings (check), a healthy baby girl *specific about the girl part* (check), ability to stay at home with my babies (check). Everything else is a bonus. I am completely and wonderfully living my dream.
This is not to say there wasn’t WORK to get here, because there was. But I’m not discussing my journey, I’m basking in my now.
My now is a long-time dream fulfilled.
So if you ask me how I’m doing, and I say “Living the Dream,” I mean it.