It’s Never Too Late To Go After A Dream

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Sonoma Winter Series by Wendy Brayton

I concluded my last week of blues with a knock out flu and am happy to report I have turned the corner.

I am in recovery both emotionally and physically.

Last week I was ready to throw in the towel and admit defeat with bad “mojo” running through my head…

  • Who am I, as an overweight almost (gasp) forty year old woman to take on lofty dreams of becoming an international artist?
  • How can I possibly think that in this deep recession I can afford a trip to Italy where I dream of painting Tuscan hills?

As I wallowed in self pity and doubt I found myself sinking.   The glowing flames of my dreams grew faint and flickered.

Who am I an almost forty year old overweight woman to have such lofty dreams?

  • I am every woman
  • who has
  • the right to dream
  • and has been given the precious gift of opportunity.

This precious gift of opportunity includes a wonderful support group of 8 Women Dream who reminds me I am not alone on this journey and the opportunity to try to succeed at my dreams.

I do not want to leave this life regretting that I never tried and gave up too soon.

So here I am surrounded in a pile of tissues typing my Sunday blog at almost midnight.

Who am I?

I am a fabulous almost forty year old women working towards some amazing dreams.

The above painting was done from a series of barn paintings I did a little over a year ago. I grew up in Sonoma County and love the green hills of spring and old rustic barns.


Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school… and in 2014 she graduated!

  • Wendy, gorgeous painting and I LOVE THIS:

    I am every woman

    who has

    the right to dream

    and has been given the precious gift of opportunity.

    YES!!!! We are doing this not just for ourselves but for *all* women – because we can. Because we have a dream. Because it keeps calling out to us. Because there is no age limit on dreams.

    Sooo glad to see your beautiful artwork and inspiration for others here… Keep it up! And I totally understand the feelings by the way – we ALL have our moments of wallowing in the self-doubt (at least, I haven’t yet totally escaped that! and know that most dreamers go through it sometimes!).

    The important thing is to keep dreaming, keep moving, keep taking action steps toward our dreams!

    You are an extraordinary talent – keep living the dream!


  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Welcome back Wendy! You’ve been missed. Dreaming is a process, and you are experiencing the process.

    Lovely painting.


  • Remy, the photographer

    Wendy, you are my inspiration! I will print your post and read it to myself whenever I get down…cause I’m a 43 year old (gulp) proper-weight challenged single mom, who 6 months ago didn’t even know that I had a dream of making photography a huge part of my life. I think your experience is an amazing example of the power of “team”.
    Glad you are on the mend with the flu…hopefully we’re all headed towards a healthy spring and summer! Bring on the sun! And I LOVE Barns! Maybe we could go out together sometime and capture them?! Rem