Reflecting on My Favorite Quotes {Fulfilling Dreams}

I've already blogged about my thoughts over some of my favorite anxiety quotes. I have folders with some of my favorite quotes that I love reading that help me come up with writing themes or just are good reminders of life lessons I agree with. So today, I thought I'd go over my thoughts on some of my favorite quotes over your passions and fulfilling your dreams. I've already blogged extensively about my tips for helping you fulfill your dreams, and these quotes are the encouragement I need to go after mine. I don't have nearly as many of these as I did with anxiety, but they're short and sweet and make their point nonetheless.



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Jeremiah 29:11—never underestimate the power of this verse

My first quote talks about the importance of believing in your dreams because they have a purpose. I've wrote about that before in this post, where I talk about how your passions aren't random; you're supposed to do something with them. I get really antsy because I have a lot of passions and don't feel like I get to do much of anything with them right now. (Then again, we all know patience has never been my strong point.;) Mainly I have the passion to make a difference through writing, but it's hard to do that when you don't have a finished novel, and the one you did finish needs to be rewrote. But anyway, oftentimes that leaves me feeling really discouraged, and then I begin to wonder if those dreams and passions I have mean anything. But they do, just like yours do. So long as you're using them to do good, for the glory of God.

The other quote that I love talks about when you can't get something out of your head and it's all you think about, it is something you should work for. I really started realizing this during seventh grade, playing basketball, how I thought basketball was what I wanted, but my mind kept drfiting during practices to my blog, and my books, and all of the things I wanted to do there. With anything I do, I always think of ways to tie it in with my writing. I can never get it out of my head. Also, psychology is beginning to be like that for me, too. I hardly know anything about psychology to be honest, in terms of the science of it. I mean, I know some psychological facts, and I have read various Christian posts that go into some psychological issues, but that's probably about it. I'm taking an advanced psychology class next year though, and I can't wait for it! But anyway, there's just certain people, sometimes even people that I don't know, that I just can't get out of my head. And no, it's not just the guys I crush on, but they're there too. ;D That might sound weird, but just their stories stay with me, like I NEED to write about them and that there's something to be learned through observing other people. So usually when I have situations or people that I can't stop thinking about, I play around with different story and plot ideas and themes because maybe there's an underlying message in there that needs to be shared.

Also, a lot of quotes talk about not letting age become a factor in your dreams, regardless of how young or old you are. The truth is, if you're still alive, God has a purpose for you. In fact, I can remember back to when I was really getting into prison ministry and wondering about if even people like them had value (because society relentlessly says that they don't), and so that's actually how I learned that. There was a song I love called "Here for a Reason" by Ashes Remain, and I remember thinking how if that applies to us as Christians, that God has us here for a reason, that's true for anyone. So don't waste your life. Use your passions for His glory. No matter what you've done, or who you may be, God can still use you to do great things. That's the major takeaway here. And those shouldn't be underestimated. It's a short, simple message, but it just may be one of the most urgent ones people need to hear, that their lives do indeed have purpose, and that shouldn't be wasted on meaningless things.

Ashlee Mae

The Dream List: A Guide to Help You Fulfill Your Dreams

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You might remember my blog post over 3 ways to fulfill your dreams. Now we’re going to do the fourth and fifth way to fulfill your dreams. We all have dreams and want to take control of them, but sometimes we have to take these things into consideration - myself included.

4. Make a plan...a GODLY plan.

Look, I know I probably lose a lot of people by saying that, but I promised I would always keep it real on here. And by me trying to make ways for us to fulfill our dreams WITHOUT God is us lying to ourselves.

I believe in God wholeheartedlyThe 5 Biggest Reasons Why I Believe in God

So yes, you need to make a godly plan. There's not a specific way you do this, but I do have some tips.

PRAY

God works through prayer. He hears you, and He cares. Run to Him with your dreams, and I promise He will only enhance them.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

LISTEN

Make time to listen to what God has to say. Ask Him to make it clear for you. Don't rush into something because it's what you want, listen to what God has to say. He respects your dreams, and He gives us good gifts. It's not like He tries to give us stuff we hate.

‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
— Matthew 7:9-11 NIV

Obey

If God is calling you to do something, then do it. He's going to protect you, and in the end, you will benefit from it and be rewarded for obeying Him.

How do I know when it's God talking to me?

This is a great question, and it's one I've asked lots of times. Here's a few tips I've learned:

  • Make sure it lines up with what He says. God is NOT calling you to be a stripper! Scripture doesn't line up with that.
  • Check your motives. Are you doing something because YOU want it? I've been guilty of trying to start a conversation with a certain person just out of desperation for a new friend or someone to get me, but deep down, I know I should probably let this person go. If you want something for a certain reason that isn't pleasing to God or going to give Him glory, then that's the wrong motives. It's not about you. It's not BAD if you like what you do, and I wouldn't recommend going after something you hate, but just don't let the purpose be for yourself. Find something you love that will still give glory to God.
  • Pray pray pray. This is essential. And while we're at it, let's ask God to take it in His hands, to protect us from something that in the big picture would hurt us, and let's ask Him to reveal to us if we are having the wrong motives. Let's pray for His will overall.
  • The desire never fades. There's going to be times we don't like something we do - even if it's our dream job or hobby. That's not what I'm talking about. But if there's something that keeps calling at you and there's a way to include your faith, then I bet that desire is coming from God. That's how I feel about writing and this blog. Also, when you get closer to God, the desires that are worldly (see also: STRIPPING) will hopefully go away. If they don't, first, you have to be willing to let them go. If they keep coming up when you don't want them, pray. God will help you.
  • It involves some things that will test your character. Maybe in order to fulfill your dream, you're going to have to take a big leap of faith. God is all about strengthening our faith, and so this could also fit in with something He wants you to do.

Now that you know how to go about including God in your plans, we can make a plan. I recommend having a journal specifically for your dreams. I'm actually huge on the power of journaling, and some posts I want to do in the future are over journaling prompts. I currently have four different journals I write in: my personal journal where I recap my life and thoughts, a faith journal of verses, prayers, and such, hopefully soon a journal of prayers, and then I will be starting my own dream journal.

Write down your dreams and if they align with God's will. Write down prayers to Him, and record what He is telling you. There's not really a right or wrong way to do this; the point is just to help keep you encouraged and make sure your dreams are in line with God's will.

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5. Keep Him first.

Remember why you started, which is to honor God one way or another. If you lose sight of this, your dreams and plans are going to crash and burn. Because if we're not honoring God with our lives, we're wasting them. Pray as consistently and with as much passion as you did to begin with. You will run into trials, but God will get you through them if this is His will for you.

How are you guys doing fulfilling your dreams? Do you struggle with any of these?

3 Ways to Fulfill Your Dreams

We all have big dreams. We all have talents. And we want ways to fulfill those dreams. But sometimes, it's not always easy getting out there with them. We let jealousy rule in - somebody's already doing this super well; I don't need to. We don't have much confidence all the time - but what if it fails, then what? And then there's always the doubts and fear about everything you're doing.

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Today I thought I would share three major tips that have really helped me calm down and fulfill my dreams. We all know I'm a huge dreamer, and sometimes I have trouble having patience. These tips are what God has been speaking to me, and sometimes I just have to stop and remember that.

seek His will!!!

seek His will!!!

1. God has a very unique plan for YOU.

Who He has placed in your life is different from that blogger with millions of followers. He will place the right people in your life who need it. He has gifted you with your own special talent. Yes, other people might also be gifted, but so what? God gave you that talent for a reason, which means He has a special plan for it.

And nobody else will be able to use that talent like God is going to use it for you. He has a plan made just for you.

Trust in Him. Do what you do best. Pray on it. Listen to Him. This is something I struggle with a lot. If you want me to be totally transparent with you, I hate it when kids my age are good writers. There, I said it. Because I'm super selfish, and I want writing to be "Ashlee's thing". But tons of people have it, and God will use them in their own special way. I will be used in my own special way. No writer will be used like I am. And the same goes for them. God has a plan for each of us if we accept His son and His love.

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2. That plan? You have to trust it. Through the bad and the good.

Sometimes I think we believe that God's plan for us is always good, and it is. But that doesn't mean trials will never come, and you have to trust in God when they do. When trials come, don't lose your confidence. That's only the devil; God tells us to keep going.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9

So don't give up. Obey God even when it's hard - He says He will provide. BAD TIMES DO NOT LAST. Pain is temporary! And think of the reward you will get by obeying God!

surround yourself with those who lift you UP!

surround yourself with those who lift you UP!

3. GET BUSY.

You don't need excuses. They're all meaningless - not a single one of them is a good excuse if this is what God wants for you. I mean, He keeps our entire universe in line. He will provide! Know Him, seek His will, and then DO IT.

Find a Bible verse or an awesome quote (please not the worldly "You can do anything you set your mind to" - you can't), and memorize it every day. Say it when you wake up in the morning. Say it before you go to bed. Say it whenever you receive doubts. Put it on your phone. Put it in your room, on your bookmark, write it down, etc. Never ever let go of God.

I've been working really hard lately. I get jealous really easily. I always doubt my book. I think things like, "This is not going to go anywhere, I will never measure up to the authors I like." And that's just not true.

Or sometimes I think, "Is blogging even my thing? I mean not a lot of people read it anyways, so what's the point?" But that's not true, either.

I've postponed the editing of my book. I can't put my full focus into it, so I'm going to wait until spring break. (GRANDMA! This is actually key for we are staying up until three in the morning with the occasional breaks for Cookie Jam which I CAN NEVER WIN but yeah.) This means I'm going to be putting all of the attention on my blog, and I have some good post ideas planned!

Don't forget to like my brand new blog Facebook page - it's so much better than the old one!

I'm going to have to remember these tips as I finish this month and coming this spring, start making big things happen (I'm not even kidding). Is it difficult to fulfill your dreams, and did these tips help? What do you need some help with when it comes to fulfilling your dreams?

Talking About Dreams and Waiting

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We all have dreams, and a lot of us are not good at patience. That's me! Lately I've been wanting to do so much with my blog. I want to start making money through it. I want to get paid to write about products/events I love. I want to make my blog a big thing because people can get book deals that way. The list goes on.

photos I found from over the summer - nice and bright, a reminder that through the hard times come amazing things with God

Making money through your blog as an adult is hard. Making money through your blog as a kid has to be even harder. There's taxes and legal work I know nothing about, I still need to figure out ways to make this blog profitable which can be done through e-courses (that are lots of money), and then there's that big what if people would even take me seriously. Nobody's ever said this to me, but I know sometimes people think kids change their minds about hobbies.

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And they do. I do. But this is not one of them. I've loved to write since I was eight years old. I've had a blog for over a year, and despite not getting a whole lot of success, I've kept at it. I'm always thinking about writing during basketball, school, running, and just about my whole life. I'm always dreaming up new ideas for books and new ideas to better my blog.

this might be cheesy, but I like it anyway: the trails sometimes get dark, but eventually you'll reach the openings with sunlight raining in - God is with you along the whole trail though

this might be cheesy, but I like it anyway: the trails sometimes get dark, but eventually you'll reach the openings with sunlight raining in - God is with you along the whole trail though

I am 100% serious about this blog. Maybe some think a kid can't be, but you just got proved wrong then because I am. It's easy for kids to get bored of something and give up when they're not getting instant success, but not me. I could have done that a lot of times with this blog, but I haven't because I know God has a plan. I'm not giving up.

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To me, your passions are something you can't stop thinking and dreaming about. It's that activity you return to again and again, and writing is that activity for me.

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I have three big dreams that I am actively pursuing every day of my life.
1) To publish a book - I edit my current one a little each day, and I type five hundred words of this new one each day.
2) To grow this blog hugely - I want to get a lot of readers. Who doesn't? The main reason for that goes with dream three, but it's also because I want a community, and I want to make money via blogging. I do, and it's not wrong to want that. Blogging is a job for a lot of people. Some people earn 10,000+ dollars a month doing so. It also opens up so many doors - it's a great thing to add to a resume, and you want to know what else makes me ecstatic about it? You can get opportunities such as
- participating in special events
- going to events FOR FREE to promote them
- interviews and publicity
- a book deal and more.

perking up at that book deal - what'd you say?!

perking up at that book deal - what'd you say?!

I want a book deal. I want to get my writing out there because my third dream is to be a light for God. I know I can do that with His help. Part of why I want to make money is because it will help me save for things coming up like a car and ways to improve my blog.

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It's a huge dream I have, and I love to pursue my dreams. I hate the feeling of not working at my dreams. Making money blogging is something I really want to do, but let me be honest: I have no clue how.

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yep, walking away now

I get that you need to email brands and what not, but in terms of actually doing that? So that's why there are e-courses. There is a class I want really bad, but since I am a kid, it's a lot of money for me. I know it'd be oh so worth it, but I don't really have the money to buy it.

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(Some might also argue I don't have time, but that's not true - I make time. I schedule my blog posts on the weekend. I plan ahead. I know how to work around time.)

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Making money blogging is gonna be a hard dream for me to reach right now. Some might say I should just wait until I'm older, but that's not going to happen. I may not have until I'm older, and think of the things God could do RIGHT NOW.

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But that is where I have to trust Him. I want to make money blogging. I want to grow my blog. I want a book deal. And I want it all right now. That's where patience comes in. I'm not good at that, especially when it comes to my dreams. I think I need to be working at it right now, but sometimes we just have to let God work. And sometimes that takes a long time.

"God is never in a hurry, but God is never late."

I am going to keep doing research on making money blogging. I am going to save for some resources that I know could really help me, but until then, this is what I have. I have the ability to write, this blog as it is now, my family, God is still always with me, and I have life as it is right now. I'm going to make the most of that, and I know God will help me in my dreams. He has good plans for me, He has good plans for you. Appreciate what He has you doing right now, and pursue your relationship with Him. In the end, that's truly all that matters.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Luke 12:31 NIV