Last week 82 deliberate Mothers met in downtown Salt Lake City to talk about their dreams. The gathering was the “dream child” of multi-talented Whitney Johnson who runs a huge blog, writes for the Harvard Business Review, is a gifted pianist and who also just released a new book called Dare, Dream, Do. The meeting was fascililitated by the creators of PowerofMoms.com, Saren Loosli (who just happens to be our daughter) and April Perry both of whom have been exploding with dreams ever since they started this hugely popular website have also just produced a new book (with the help of about 60 excellent writers) called Deliberate Motherhood: 12 Key Powers of Peace, Purpose, Order, and Joy.
April and Saren along with Whitney and Macy Robison who has created an inspirational CD called Children Will Listen inspired the audience through word and song. Next, the audience broke into small groups of 10-12 and with a discussion leader in each group the mothers talked about what dreams they were pursuing, what dreams they were saving for later, what dreams they had decided to let go, and what they were doing to pursue their dreams now.
One accomplished violinist with three young children had taught herself to tap dance. Another had just finished a college education and another who had enormous fertility issues and was wondering if she would ever be able to have a family had managed to produce two sets of twins who joined a four year old sibling which meant having 5 kids in four years. She was still smiling and is an incredible writer who contributes often to the Power of Moms projects.
The atmosphere in the room was electric as mother who are often smothered with the needs of helping their children accomplish their dreams allowed themselves the luxury of thinking about their own dreams! The most statling discovery for many was that they were “living their dreams”. Most had dreamed of being a mother but never in their wildest dreams had they thought that it would be so excruciatingly hard! There was lots of laughter, many new discovereis and stellar refreshments supplied by terrific sponsors.
I’m pretty sure that everyone went home re-charged and invigorated not only by the fact that they are living their dreams but also as they dusted off some old dreams and were determined to try again, released themselves from dreams that needed to be revamped or put the back burner and were inspired by others with an exciting new idea.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt