Jennifer Blake: Dream Big

Dream Big

January 23, 2012

Today kicks off the first Monday of my 'Dream Big' series! The Mr. and I have spent a lot of times these past few months talking about our hopes and dreams and it gave me this idea. I want to get to know my readers dreams, the dreams of my favorite bloggers, and anyone else who wants to share. So what are your dreams?

Meet Clair from Finding Clarity.
Age: 25

My blog is where I explore my path to overall health, happiness, and wellness. I share a lot of healthy recipes and advice, but I also write a lot about the day-to-day things that inspire me. It's all about finding a little "clairity" in a busy, busy world!

Top three personal dreams you have and how you hope to reach them?

1. A family, and time for them
This is the sort of dream that comes true when you prioritize. My boyfriend and I invest a lot in our relationship, and I hope to make this dream come true by continuing that investment in our future and in our family. I want my children, my marriage, and my home life to be just as important as my career.

2. To write a book or have a column
The key to being successful with writing is to keep writing! My blog is a source of inspiration for my writing goals, as well as a place of practice. And pursuing my doctoral degree right now provides experience and expertise that will likely contribute to what I can offer as a writer in the future.

3. Become a certified wellness coach and apply it in public schools
I am passionate about health and education. And if I ever hope to be a part of both, I need to know a lot about them. So while this dream involves a lot of practical, little steps, the big picture is about learning more about the things I love, and practicing self-education.

What is the inspiration behind your dreams?
My own experiences. All the big dreams I have are built from the best and worst experiences in my life. They are all an intrinsic part of who I am and stem from a very personal place. Maybe they will change a bit in form over time, but they will always reflect who I am, which is what motivates me to continue pursuing them.

Best advice for someone trying to reach his or her dreams.
Be present. Yes, you should plan for the future. Yes, you should dream your dreams. But living happens in the moment, and you will do your best work and live your happiest life if you are mindful of what you do, moment to moment.

Favorite Quote
"Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time."
–Asha Tyson

A BIG BIG thank you to Clair for kicking off the series. Dream big and never give up on yourself!


  1. Yay, thanks for the feature!

    I am SO excited for the rest of this series. It is really inspiring to answer these questions, and I'm sure it will be just as inspiring to read others' answers. I hope you conclude with your own!

  2. Miss Clair, this is wonderful. I will need to refer back to these answers often. There is so much wisdom and 'clarity' ;) Very inspiring and beautiful ;)
    *BIG HUGS*

    - thanks for bringing me Jennifer's blog, I'll go have a look around ;) xoxo

  3. What a wonderful post Clair! And beautiful quote.
    I agree on being present and it's easy to be doing 10 things at once and then not paying attention to any of it!

  4. Loving the idea behind this series and meeting cool new bloggers too! I'm going to be e-mailing you back soon!

  5. Really, a certified wellness coach in public schools?! What an AMAZING goal and aspiration! I love it! Any child be be lucky to have you as their health coach/mentor.


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