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Dream Big

My first aspirational dream was when I was 5 years old and I wanted to be a ballerina, then it all changed and at 14 I suddenly wanted to be a TV presenter. Over the years, I hardly think of my childhood dreams, but raising Emma makes me ponder about them again. You want your kids to not be afraid to dream, but not to dream so big that they are exposed to crushing disappointment. You want them to be confident to believe in themselves, but not be too arrogant to experience someone or something bringing them down a peg or two. You want everything you had in your life and more, or at least that’s how I have come to see it.


The foundation of how I see life-long dreams and ambition comes from my Dad. He is a commentator and when he was 6 or 7, he would practice commentating standing on a cardboard box. His cousins who were surrounding him, would say to him “don’t be so silly, you’ll never be a commentator”. But he did it. He has given me and my brothers and sisters so much inspiration that you can do it, if you put your mind to it. Or as he tells me “Bridge, you can be anything you want to be…but just remember you have to pay the bills”. He’s wise too, you see. (As a side note, my Mum is also awesome and was running a McDonald’s at the age of 27 before we all arrived on the scene in 1977, way before the time where women would be at the top of their game).

I like to think that I have taken a lot of this inspiration and used it positively in my career. I like to think that it’s made me the person I am today. The inspiration from my Dad to be the best I can be; to work hard and be proud and confident of what I do (and who I am) has stayed with me.


Now I’m a Mum I’ve been re-visiting these thoughts and it re-affirms what I’ve always felt about dreams. So as Emma grows up, I want to pass on the baton to teach her to…  Dream big, keep going, do what you believe in, live it and breathe it, and it may come true. Don’t be afraid of what other people say, it’s the easiest thing in the world to laugh at someone else’s dreams – I find it hard to shake off someone making fun of something that is important to me, but deep down what does it matter really? I know the past few sentences are uber cheesy but you know what – sometimes I need a bit of a push, a bit of cheese to remind myself of its importance.

The beauty of it, is it can be absolutely anything that makes you happy. It’s about you and only you. When I was younger, it was my career that gave me that drive and it was the success in my career that made me happy. Now, it’s totally different. What makes me happy is finding new things to make Emma laugh, seeing our family happy together. And of course my latest happy is this blog – it’s something I do for me, and only me. That’s my favourite thing about it. I suppose that’s going to continue throughout my life, what makes me happy is always going to be changing as I change. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep dreaming and chasing the happy always.

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  1. May 25, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Oh its definitely the best way to live your life…pursuing your dreams. I think the older you get dreams can change. For me being able to have my daughter was my dream and I have got this parenting thing down…until shes 2! haha! Thank for sharing this and reminding me that still if I have dreams to dream big and go get it!!! #BloggerClubUK

  2. May 25, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Absolutely beautiful post! I’m glad you keep the focus of dreaming big, pushing Emma to do the same, but most importantly doing things for you that you enjoy! 🙂 xxx #TribalLove

  3. May 29, 2016 / 6:22 am

    Priorities and perspectives change once having a child. It’s amazing to find pride in your child and dream big for them. I’m always pondering on what A could do when she’s older. It also motivates you as a person. #KCACOLS #TribalLove

    • May 29, 2016 / 6:24 am

      I agree. It’s funny how your priorities totally change as a parent. Thank you for commenting x

  4. May 29, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Yep, priorities and dreams TOTALLY change once you have a child. Funny, I was just having this conversation with my teen son who will be graduating from high school soon. I am so excited for him. His world has just begun!


    • May 29, 2016 / 7:31 am

      Oh wow what an exciting time! Thank you for commenting x

  5. May 29, 2016 / 8:16 am

    I love dreams and it makes me so happy when I see people who have puts all fears and opinions aside and gone for what they believe in. The beautiful thing is that dreams can change and evolve and there is always space for new dreams – dreams for yourself or for your children. I can’t wait until my children are a bit older and can tell me what their dreams are – I will do everything I can to help them achieve it. Lovely post #KCACOLS

    • May 29, 2016 / 8:23 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment – I completely agree, it seems to be constantly changing for me ah the moment. I can’t wait to talk to Emma about her dreams in the future 🙂 xx

  6. May 29, 2016 / 9:08 am

    Oh I love this post and totally agree with you and it was one of the reasons I started blogging. I was telling my 6 year old to chase her dreams as she wants to be a writer and she asked what my dream are….and then I realised that I needed to lead by example 🙂 They are great motivators our kids #KCACOLS

  7. May 29, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Leading by example is the best thing you can do as a parent. Assuming you’re doing something good – my Dad’s examples weren’t so good!! 😀 Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you next week!

  8. May 30, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    It’s amazing how having children changes our priorities, goals & what makes us happy. It’s great that your father instilled such determination in you. He sounds like a very inspiring man. I’m sure you will be a great example for Emma! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

  9. May 30, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Oh my goodness, this post has dumbfounded me, in the last 22 months I have had two babies and been on back to back mat leave and not given my dreams a second a thought. But you are right we too should dream big and encourage our kids to do the same… although in order to do so we need to give our own dreams a bit more attention and perhaps lead by example. Thank you lovey, you have really made me stop and think xx #triballove #KCACOLS

  10. May 31, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    This is such a lovely post – your parents both sound amazing. I haven’t really ever been one for big dreams or been very ambitious, I don’t know why. I have always tried to do jobs I enjoy though rather than being motivated by money or what my peers see as success. I think taking the step to start blogging was quite big for me as it left me open to people laughing at me or something (they haven’t so far though!). You are going to be such a great role model and an inspiration for Emma as she gets older. #triballove #KCACOLS

  11. May 31, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I hope I can inspire this in my children! I’ve only come to the realisation recently that your dreams and what makes you happy can adapt and change over time – the realisation has been a bit of a weight off my mind for me, I think sometimes we can get hung up on chasing something that isn’t our dream anymore. I think it’s about fostering that sense of self awareness and belief in ourselves – if my son can achieve that then I’ll be a very happy mum! #KCACOLS

  12. June 3, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Lovely post. I think it’s so important to have dreams and goals, but also to be ok with the idea that those dreams and goals might evolve and change as we get older! x #KCACOLS

  13. June 3, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Love this. I particularly love that you make the point that dreams and ambitions aren’t always about career and money – like you I was career driven and then with my son things shifted, ambition got redefined but always, always holding on to the happy. Beautiful post. Xxx #KCACOLS

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