Are Your Dreams On Hold For The Holidays

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This week I have no words of wisdom, no dream advice, no lists and no new progress.

I am in Christmas zone.

Parties, presents, food, decorations, shopping, volunteering.

I can let it be overwhelming, or just dive in head first. I enjoy the holidays for the most part. Not too crazy about shopping among the crowds but overall it’s fun.

I have two weeks left, or maybe 3 if I count the New Year week, of holiday zone before everything comes crashing down and reality hits . . . my dreams.

I have to work on them.Pug

But I don’t want to think about that now.

I’m getting ready for the next party.

My youngest is having one on Thursday with about 10 friends and she wants to make gingerbread houses. Do I want to bake gingerbread or just cheat and use graham crackers? These are the kind of decisions I am making these days.

For Christmas we are having around 28 people. I have to think about how or if I want to seat everyone at once in the same room.

Our exchange student is coming on the 23rd. We have to get her room ready.

I have to think of activities for the kids during the break to keep everyone busy and happy. (for the most part)

These are the things that are in my mind now.

I’ll try not to feel too guilty about putting my dreams on hold for a couple of weeks.

As long as two weeks doesn’t turn into two months.

At about this time last year I was writing my first post and planning on taking my oldest daughter to New York.  This year it’s an Exchange Student – my how fast time goes by.

Enjoy the holiday season!

Till next week,


(Kim has already accomplished her first big dream by traveling to New York with her teenage daughter June of 2009. She lost 20 pounds and overcame her intense dislike (do we say fear?) of flying to accomplish that dream. She rotated off the blog in February 2010, but still hangs out with 8 Women Dream.  You can find her in the comments section)

  • Hey Kim, congrats on your one-year anniversary as part of the 8womendream team! And all that you’ve accomplished!

    Rachel is right – you’ll still be working on your dream as you prepare for your Japanese exchange student, and learn more about the culture and country – preparing for your own visit someday!

    HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS to you and Charlie and the girls – I really loved meeting your whole family and cannot wait to see you all in the New Year – as we all live our our dream together!


  • Rachel

    Hey, Kim, preparing for, and starting to host your exchange student is part of what you’ll be doing over the holidays. You are working on your dream… just in a more laid back way.

  • Kim, the traveler

    Wendy, that would be great to get together! I’ll let you know her schedule. I’m a little nervous, mostly because I want her to feel comfortable and not too homesick.

    Remy, I feel a little guilty but I’ll get over it!

    Catherine, I can’t believe it’s been a year! I was so scared to join this group and felt I didn’t really have anything to offer, (still not sure;) but I’ve done things that I would never have thought of thanks to you! And met 7 wonderful women along the way. Thank you. Happy Anniversary!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Happy anniversary with 8 Women Dream.

    Can you believe it’s been a year. You should glance back on your old posts through the year. It’s amazing to see the changes.

    Looking back, you accomplished a year of writing on a blog (something you weren’t too sure you could do), planned and executed a trip to New York with your daughter, lost 20 pounds, walked the Golden Gate Bridge (something we all need to do), hosted our holiday party, designed the web banner and glass shoe we use as our branding and more.

    I think you have earned this break – don’t you?

  • Remy G

    Thanks for the ‘permission’ to just stand in the holidays while they are here and enjoy them…No GUILT! Goal setting and accomplishing will start soon enough!! Have fun with your student, and with your family – it is a glorious time of year. Rem

  • Wendy

    Happy Holidays Kim! I have yet to even create a list to start my holiday preperations. Last year I made my gifts and this year I have no time. Thanks again for putting on such a wonderful party. I have moments I feel so disconected and wonder if I should be in this. Then when we gather and I get to know each of you a little better, it keeps me coming back. If you want company on an exchange student day let me know and I will bring my very quite teenager to join in.