Positive Thursday: Pieces of a Dream Puzzle

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Today, I’m going to share a post from my good friend Catherine. I am blessed to know Catherine on a professional and personal level and I’m so excited to share her post with you – she is here to remind you to not be discouraged and inspire you to continue pursuing your dreams with your head held high.

Thank you for Catherine for opening up and using your own story to inspire and encourage others! Enjoy!

*Note: this post was originally shared on Polish My Crown. Although she wrote this a few months back, I was rereading recently and thought I needed to share with my 8 Women Dreamers. A very empowering story from a young, optimistic and very inspiring dreamer.

life is a puzzle

Hi, Everyone!

Although I am an overly positive and optimistic person, I’ll never shy away from acknowledging that I, too, am human — and one who often feels puzzled as to why certain events happen in my life.

You are capable of so much more

Never has my human imperfection been clearer than in the month of March: it truly went in like a lion and out like a lamb.

I experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, ever-changing as the March weather and wind. I laughed; I cried. I loved; I lost. I celebrated success, much as I overcame failures. I felt lost and incapable, much as I felt aware and sound.

I struggled with self-doubt, dwindling self-esteem and dealt with mean people and simultaneously rediscovered my inborn drive, positive inner voice and inspiration.

I dreaded the future, dwelled on the past and sometimes forgot to live in the present; yet through it all, I was not defeated!

You are valuable

I learned to accept and love who I am, flaws and flyaway hairs included. But most importantly, I realized that the puzzle pieces of my life, just as yours, somehow fit together perfectly through a slow, piece-by-piece process —

you just have to be brave enough to take the leap of faith to living the life you imagined.


It is amazing how much a change of outlook and attitude can do for your work ethic and your relationships!

It's never too late

I learned the value behind the belief that, “As one door closes, another one (or three in my case!) opens.” Always looking for beauty, I overcame disappointment, and a greater plan was revealed.

I pressed on, worked hard and chased after my goals, whether or not they seemed realistic at the time.

I do believe in magic

After a heartbreaking loss of a loved one and rejection, three positive things brought sunshine back into my life.

As someone who recognizes that we can often feel like hamsters on a wheel, pressing forward and going nowhere, it was refreshing to be reassured to keep running.

I learned to “Keep Calm and Carry On,” and through it all, I altered my attitude and strengthened my positive outlook on life.

Keep calm carry on

“Being defeated is only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” –Marilyn vos Savant.

Let go of the past

Life is an exciting adventure, and Walt Disney would agree, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them!”

Most of all, I am thankful to those who encouraged me, as I feel truly blessed by my recent success.

An alternation in attitude through this excitement revealed that the perceived pieces of a broken puzzle started falling into place, making an even more beautiful, more complete puzzle than I could have ever imagined!

Dreams seemed to be coming true.

Do what you love

The cornerstone to my success is the remarkable people who shaped me into what I am today. I believe that for each thing there is a season, and that everything happens for a reason.

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun,” –Ecclesiastes 3: 1.

People come into your life, and people go, much as the change of each season. Cherish and value your time with them; everyone is brought into your life for a purpose and leaves a lasting impact on your life! Everything happens for a reason

Anthony J. D’Angelo: “The most important things in life aren’t things.”

While success is wonderful, securing a support system and cherishing these relationships is essential is fulfilling happiness in life.

Find a group of positive friends who can appreciate your dreams and build your self-esteem: I am so thankful for the friends who have supported me! Blessed by recent success, I will not forget those who held my hand through hardships, helping me get to where I am today.

I want to encourage you, too, to not let sadness, disappointment or self-doubt stop you from pursuing your dreams. I am confident that your puzzle will get pieced together too. So what are you waiting for?

Stop puzzling: banish negative thoughts, love your friends, go after your goals and make your dream happen!

a cupcake at breakfast

My beliefs:

I believe that a strong cup of coffee is a cure-all and that a smile sparks joy. After all, Australian designer Liz Davenport said, “Your smile is your best accessory.”

I believe that good things come to those who wait and that my life has a plan and purpose far greater than my own. -Proverbs


Stay up-to-date on Catherine’s summer happenings by following her on Twitter (@catcald), or Tumblr (www.catcald.tumblr.com)

Happy positive Thursday! xo


Andrea TaggertAndrea’s dream is to become a certified life coach and motivational speaker. Her personal website is www.polish-my-crown.com. Andrea’s post day is Thursday.

  • “Find a group of positive friends who can appreciate your dreams and build your self-esteem”

    Oh yeah! I had a great opportunity to see my great sounding board (yes, that’s our Cath) not once but twice this week. Keeping those connections makes the whole process of dreaming that much easier.

    Thanks – H

  • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

    If we would all just get out of our heads and our own way …

    Lovely post Catherine.

    I agree with this, “Stop puzzling: banish negative thoughts, love your friends, go after your goals and make your dream happen!”

    But I also say – even if you are thinking negative thoughts – go ahead and face your fear and do it anyway. It is sometimes through the doing of the thing we fear that negative thoughts are quieted.