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Make Your Dreams Happen!

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Oh, HELLO 2017!
I can’t begin to tell you how I LOVE LOVE LOVE January! That blank piece of paper – just waiting for you to live the next chapter of your story. It excites me more than words can say. All that hope – all those dreams – just waiting to be realised.  It’s also the time of year I tend to take stock of life, make plans, be grateful for what’s been and be excited for what’s to come.dreamsAnd it got me thinking about daring to DREAM and how we often forget or lose the nerve to dream as we get older. Life takes over and practicalities outweigh a passion for living and the pursuit of the things that makes you smile!

When I was about 10, I remember going to my mates house for tea –  as you do! I tried on her mini-dresses (she had a WAY better wardrobe than my offering of hand-me-downs from girls at church), we listened to – SWOON – Wham – dreaming of how she was going to marry Andrew and I was going to live the rest of my years with George (part of my youth disappeared Christmas Day 2016) and danced on her bed like NO-ONE was watching!

Her mum asked me what I wanted to be when I was older.

“A Blue Peter Presenter” came my reply, with all the assurance and conviction that this would be my reality.

“Oh – I always dreamed of doing that” she answered. “But I never did anything about it”.

Never had a line hit me harder.

Even at that young age, I remember thinking how awful to get to a moment in life when there was something you always wanted to do but never did anything about making it happen.  This totally struck me as a reality I didn’t want for my life, so I set about making my dream my reality!

Not even a careers advisor at school could put me off when, by the age of 15, she met my dream to present Blue Peter with a careless but practical  “But what do you REALLY want to do”!  Yeah, I KNOW! Looking back, I was so full of the desire to land the dream, I didn’t even clock her reality-check of a line!

I had a dream and every intention of pursuing it. SO…

  • I wrote to the editor of Blue Peter, who sent me the standard letter, advising me to get as much experience in media as possible.
  • I went travelling for a year to “find myself” and gained crucial life confidence along the way.
  • I started working for free at our local radio station and wasn’t even put off by one of my bosses in local radio who told me I’d never make it as a presenter because of my “soft R”. Thanks Keith! Nothing like encouraging new talent!
  • I faced my fears to land a job presenting on the local hospital TV station. It was all kinds of terrible with some creepy older men, but I had to shake my shy somehow!
  • I taught myself to type – at evening class and with one of those teach-yourself books – so I could get a “proper job” with the BBC as a Production Secretary, then spent years commuting into London and working my way up through the ranks – eventually working at BBC TV Centre as the Assistant to the Controller of BBC1 – with a 2 hour commute each way from my home in Essex – whilst moonlighting on Nickelodeon with 3 am starts at the weekends!
  • I kept pestering Blue Peter until finally….
  • I got an interview…
  • I got the audition….presenting a full 30 minutes of a show with the actual presenters, in a studio complete with trampoline action, interviewing an olympian and, of course, making a Christmas Card…
  • And, even though there was a “favourite” girl in the line up and I subsequently found out I was making up numbers… I guess the audition went well because THIS happened… My first ever presenter picture at my desk where I was STILL working as a PA for a week before heading off filming the Blue Peter Summer Expedition to South Africa!

ariel(Err… Who IS she?!  What a look!! And back when I dyed my hair brown – apparently!)

This was on the cover of the BBC’s internal magazine – Ariel and a colleague from my local radio days called to let me know she’d put it on Keiths desk, with his morning coffee!

Who would have thought that the girl nicknamed CHERRY HEAD at school (I was so painfully shy I’d would go red when the teacher even spoke to me!) would land her dream job! On TV! To a live audience of 11 million back then. Talk about improbable!

But I’d adored Blue Peter and ever since I was a 5 year old tomboy who liked climbing trees, I’d longed to be one of the girls on there, who bucked the trend for girls to be – well, girly! To me they were badass – and doing it – and loving life! And that wasn’t the norm then so I wanted IN!  Forget the fact that I was shy and had no drama or performance experience – I had a dream. And that was that!

The weirdest thing about landing my dream job was – realising I was STILL ME! I guess sometimes you have a vision of “if I did that dream job, I’d be like THAT” – some rose coloured version of your life!  No. You’re still you! But a fulfilled you – beyond your wildest dreams!

Fast forward to adulthood and somehow, so many of us forget to dream!

So, my question for you for 2017 is this:

Without the house, mortgage, responsibility, kids – What’s YOUR DREAM?  What would you do with your life if you could do anything? Are you living the life you want to? And if not, why not and could 2017 be the year you empower yourself to LIVE?

I went on THE MOST inspirational day at Southwood Social Hub at the end of last year – run by the awesome Hayley Southwood – my amazing friend and general happiness guru. It was a Vision Board session with the inspirational life coach Jessica Rogers.  The weirdest thing, I mentioned this blog post to Hayley and within an hour she called back, saying Jessica had just, coincidentally, booked another session – Vision Board and How to Set Goals!  Talk about serendipitous!  I can’t recommend it enough if you’re feeling lost, like making some changes or trying to clarify the life you want to be leading!

Somehow, with the pace of life it feels indulgent to take time out to create a clear picture of what you want, but it’s so empowering!  I came away feeling energised and excited for life after creating a visual reminder of things that are important to me. Sometimes all you need is help sorting out where your head’s at!

I guess if we’ve learnt anything from 2016, it’s that life is precious and can be shorter than you expect. So 2017 – it’s happening!

We need to DARE TO DREAM!  And then – We need to LIVE IT!

I’ll leave you with this awesome quote from Eleanor Roosevelt!  Says it all!

K x

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17 Comments

  • Reply Emma Bowman Smith January 13, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Serendipitous…..what an awesome word and an even more awesome occurrence! I have kind of tripped over this blog this morning….& it’s timing couldn’t be better: serendipitous in fact! My dreams have become caught up in shorter term goals but I’m now inspired to go back to the drawing board and think again about all the greatness I once had planned. 2017 has let me down so far but I’m fighting back and this will be a brilliant way to continue do so. I’m already booked onto Jessica’s workshop in February so full steam ahead! Thanks Katy x

  • Reply @ADadCalledSpen January 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Gosh! Reading that I somehow feel inspired to get my behind into gear and do some of the things I’ve been putting off, or been frightened of approaching. I’m not quite ready for bungee jumping off a bridge in New Zealand, but putting my ideas into words beyond blog posts is certainly one of them. Plus tackling the airing cupboard. Top work, and I’ll certainly be stopping by your site again. Happy New Year!

    • Reply Katy January 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      DO IT! I feel New Zealand coming on 😉 I’m so with you – it’s easy to be in a bit of a blog bubble! Happy New Year to you too Mr! And once you’ve done your airing cupboard……. #just-sayin’ x

  • Reply Nickie January 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I’m ensuring I have manageable goals this year whilst pushing myself a little bit – things like to run 1000k total in the year, to create a small but supportive online fitness community and to be a better version of me.

    As an aside, I use to work with unemployed young people from deprived areas and our first hour of each day of a week long session was to make a vision board – those sessions were more success than the rest of the week put together – very revealing and centring!!

    • Reply Katy January 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      LOVE the idea of your online fitness community and your better version of you! Love that! Last year I blogged about how new year doesn’t mean new you – it means just being your best version of yourself! Yay! Nothing wrong with the old model! Love that you know vision boards. I’d never done one – super interesting xx

  • Reply Shelley January 11, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Woohoo ! Love it..

  • Reply Kate Takes 5 (@KateTakes5) January 11, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Loved reading this Katy – think you may be a bit of a happiness guru yourself!

    • Reply Katy January 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks! 😉 I’m beginning to wonder the same thing! Hope you’re well lovely – here’s to an awesome 2017 xx

  • Reply Honest Mum January 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Love this Katy, so important to visualise your dreams and make them happen as you did and are. Dreams evolve as we do. Really empowering. Saw this via the brilliant Sarah of Grenglish who shared it on FB. Happy New Year x

    • Reply Katy January 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks so much! LOVE dreaming! Aim for the stars…. Here’s to 2017! xx

  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too January 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Here’s to an amazing year, we can all accomplish our dreams if only we believe

    • Reply Katy January 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Totally agree! You have to show up! xx

  • Reply Claire January 10, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    A great read! From the heart, as always. Thanks for sharing; you’re adorable. X

  • Reply Sarah January 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I love this post. I always wanted to be a primary school teacher. I never got round to doing it. Now at the age of 32 with 2 young kids I tab finished the degree I started 6 years ago (I had 2 kids inbetween). I am now doing a maths resit course in order to make my dream come true. Hope your family have an amazing 2017.

  • Reply Clare Goldsack January 10, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Love this! ❤️ xx

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