New Theme for April -My Vision for 2012: Dreams – Prompt #1

New Theme for April -My Vision for 2012: Dreams – Prompt #1

What is your payback for dreaming? How does the energy of dreaming make you feel?

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

What are your dreams and your passions? Let’s take a look at these during the month of April.

There are two main kinds of dreams: those when you are sleeping, and those when you are awake. Sometimes, if  one is lucky, when one is sleeping, a dream will occur that will be inspiration for a real life project or idea. My husband, a musician and song-writer, often will dream of a song, wake up, remember the song, and immediately write down the lyrics or record the music as he knows he will never ever remember it if he goes back to sleep. I tend to think of this prompt, though, as dealing with our awake dreams and/or daydreams, however feel free to interpret it however you like. If the topic of “sleeping dreams”  is your thing, go for it!

New Theme for April Introduction


[dreem]  noun, verb, dreamed or dreamt, dream·ing, adjective

1. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
2. the sleeping state in which this occurs.
3. an object seen in a dream.
4. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
5. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream;  reverie.
6. an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream.
7. a wild or vain fancy.
8. something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence.

verb (used without object)
9. to have a dream.
10. to indulge in daydreams or reveries: He dreamed about vacation plans when he should have been working.
11. to think or conceive of something in a very remote way (usually followed by of ): I wouldn’t dream of asking them.
12. most desirable; ideal: a dream vacation.

Verb phrase
13. dream up, to form in the imagination; devise: They dreamed up the most impossible plan.

Related forms

dream·ful, adjective
dream·ful·ly, adverb
dream·ful·ness, noun
dream·ing·ly, adverb
dream·like, adjective

Synonyms for Journaling

daydream, idea, mental picture, be moonstruck, crave, stargaze, thirst, aspiration, goal, purpose, fire in the belly, passion, wish, yearning, in a zone, musing, play the part, create, see in the mind’s eye, covet, big idea, bound for, destination, hope, objective, project, where one’s headed, intention, farsightedness, set one’s heart on

Inspiring Quotations for Pages

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.  T.E. Lawrence

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one. Henry D. Thoreau

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success. Hamilton Wright Mabie


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About the Author:
Craig Lock
“Information and Inspiration distributor”

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1. Discover the Awesome Power of a Dream.

A vision for the future, that will capture your entire heart
and at the deepest level, your spirit and soul (are they the
same thing, by the way?).


2. Your dream must be backed by ACTION.


3. Develop a ‘God Consciousness’

TRUST, really trust God, the Spirit of the Universe for
the successful outcome to your endeavours.


4. DEVELOP YOUR DESIRE to see the dream come to fruition.

Work on your motivation daily. Allow your Dream to be
at the fore-front of your life, the “core of your being”.
It will motivate, inspire and energise you by giving you a
SENSE OF PURPOSE – essential.


5. Develop a Success Consciousness, that you will achieve
your dream one day.

It’s a positive pattern of thinking, a great attitude/mind-set
to have, which will propel you down the road to success. Read more...


6. Don’t surrender to negative assumptions.

Eg.”I’m too old, a woman, have no money, no resources,
no contacts”. Challenge them.


7. KNOW that there is a God, a Supreme Being

KNOW that there is a God, a Supreme Being (call Him/Her/It what you will) and that there is is a unique plan
for your life. Listen to God, Spirit, The Ultimate Source
(my favourite term to understand the concept commonly known as God), or Ground of our Being and it’s just up to YOU to
discover it, then declare it – to the world, should you
want.

8. Have a dynamic positive attitude to life.

CHOOSE it. That things will somehow work out for you.

Be flexible in your thinking.


9. Really BELIEVE that things will work out for you.

Believe in yourself with honesty and humility….and not
arrogance.



Look at all the options and check them each day. Read more...


11. Be patient.
Like a good wine, a great dream usually takes many
years to mature and then blossom.


12. Be open and flexible in your strategies to achieve your
goals, your dream(s).

There are many ways to skin a cat (sorry, SPCA).
If one road on the path to achieving your
dream gets blocked, go round the back way.


13. Review your strategy and progress from time to time.

Evaluate your strategies and tactics. How effectively
are you progressing down your chosen path?


14. Listen to others, really listen, instead of thinking
what you are going to say next (work on that one, Craig).

Think how can I best help the next person. As Zig Zigler wisely said, “You get what you want, by
helping other people get what they want.”


15. Never Give Up on the Core of your Dream. Never! Read more...



Then be happy as you travel along the journey of life,
the stair-case to your great dreams…

Craig Lock


Inspiration for April – My Vision for 2012: Dreams – Prompt #1

Julie Ann

Journaling: The payback for dreaming for me is knowing myself. Clarity. Being fully aware of knowing I’m on the right path to my authentic self is what I get out of knowing what I really want out of life. There is a synery and electricity from dreaming that is fresh and life-affirming.



Tam aka tamhanley

What is your payback for dreaming? How does the energy of dreaming make you feel?

My different hobbies, art journaling and scrapbooking, crocheting, quilting – they are all me, daydreaming out loud. I don’t think daydreaming is pointless or a waste of time. I think it is a great way to pull my mind out of the constant madness of trying to solve what sometimes seem like unsolvable problems. On the surface, it’s a nice break for my aching head, and I might come out of it with something tangible, like a new page to display or a few more rows on my Dr. Who scarf. But it also flips on that extra light bulb, allowing me to approach the issue afresh (and it’s so much different, approaching a problem rather than having it chase you down and beat you senseless!). I can be creative, even ridiculous, as I try to come up with — yes, imagine! — a solution.

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter unless noted: Compendium of Daydreams, Journal Anthology, Marion the Librarian, blue frame by Sherrie JD from Mehndi Caravan Collab.


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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