"It's always best to start at the beginning...
and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road."
—Glinda the Good Witch to Dorothy | The Wizard of Oz

I'm feeling sort of excited today. Almost giddy, really. Sure it helps that it's sunny and the temps are expected to climb to nearly 50 degrees...that's a heat wave for those of us stuck smack dab in the middle of a frigid Wisconsin winter.

But what really excites me is the goal I've set for myself. In exactly 180 days from today I’ll be celebrating a milestone birthday. To celebrate, I've decided to give myself the best birthday present one could ever receive...a dream fulfilled. And so, today is the official kickoff of what I’m calling “Project 180: Life Lived on Purpose."

Quite frankly, I’m done staring at a list of things I wish I could do...or would like to do...someday. What’s wrong with today? What’s wrong with taking one step everyday (for the next 180 days) to bring those dreams over to reality? At least that’s the plan. When August 15, 2011 finally arrives, I can’t wait to see what dream is waiting inside that beautifully wrapped box with the big shiny bow.

That’s right...I don’t know what the dream looks like. At least now exactly. Instead, I’m unwrapping a small piece of it each day. That's what's makes this so exciting...such an adventure! Now, I do know the dream involves writing, lots of writing...and art (maybe something with my handcrafted recycled book journals?)...and adventure...and exploration...and curiosity...and creativity...oh, yes, lots and lots of vibrant, colorful, delicious creativity.

Throughout the journey I'll jot down the lessons learned here, and hopefully inspire others who may be embarking on a similar path. (Don’t we all have that crazily creative inner child who’s screaming to scribble outside the lines again?)

I’m simply bursting with joy at the thought of launching this project...and it wouldn’t be happening if it hadn’t been for the support of many special people—those I know personally and those who I know through blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Over the past several months I have received an incredible amount of inspiration from creative bloggers and entrepreneurs...Jamie Ridler of Jamie Ridler Studios, Patti Digh of 37days, Andrea Schroeder of ABCcreativity, Megan Monique of If I Were a Rainbow, Nate of It Starts With.Us, Melanie of Dose of Creativity, Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio, my friend and creative cohort, life coach Jeanette Stevenson of Point of You...and so many other magically creative, beautiful, inspirational souls.

Speaking of these inspirational mentors, Jamie Ridler’s “Wishcasting Wedensday” prompt for today couldn’t be more appropriate. “What aspect of your personality do you wish to express more of?” she asks...

The dreamer. I wish to express my inner dreamer.

The brave dreamer. The bold dreamer. The creative dreamer.

The dreamer with child-like faith. The dreamer with insatiable curiosity. The dreamer with a wide open heart.

That’s what I wish to express today...and for the 179 days to follow.
2/16/2011 05:26:33 am

As you wish this for yourself, I wish this for you as well. ~M

2/16/2011 06:35:58 am

I stumbled across your site from the Jamie Ridler Studios Facebook page. I just wanted to wish you luck and the best of wishes for your journey.
I too am in a midst of a journey that I never intentionally started but I am now resolved to continuing as I have seen what change can do to your life and soul!
It cannot be bought and is what makes us alive.
I wondered if these quotes that I now use a lot would be useful

"If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living"

"Experience is not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you"

2/16/2011 08:34:04 am

Lovely. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

2/16/2011 08:59:08 am

Expressing the dreamer is a great wish. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

2/16/2011 11:59:37 am

Ooh, I have child like excitement for you! I've had a complete 180 myself and I am so grateful for where I am now. Here's to looking back in August!

What you wish for you,
I wish for too!

2/16/2011 06:03:23 pm

Dream... Your post and pictures on the project page are beautiful, by the way. Dreamer, as you wish for yourself, so I wish for you as well.

2/16/2011 08:39:05 pm

What a wonderful way to spend the next 180 days. I am so anxious to see where your journey takes you. I am also on a journey inspired by so many of the same people. As you wish this for yourself, I wish for you as well.


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