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catching her dreams

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As a Deepher, I love promoting other Deephers. And as a dreamer, I love promoting other people’s dreams. I stumbled upon this new blog and I knew it was fate. Catching Her Dreams is a blog run by two Deephers: Jesica Shipley and Colleen Ann McNally.

From what I’ve gathered, these two ambitious women started a journey to pursue their dreams. These women encourage each other as well as many others to chase after their dreams. Jesica and Colleen started a blog that documents how they chase after their dreams and the lessons they learn along the way. These women show that we can do anything we want. They have an inspirational story and they are courageous enough to share it with the world. Ladies, keep your courage and your dreams!

And in the end we realize a few things are true. If you are a dreamer, you will understand the following. Dreams are attainable no matter how big or small. You cannot tell people your dreams, you must show them. And above all, my wish for you is that one day you find the place where your dreams collide with reality.

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paying a little respect

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In the summer of 2010, I made my way to DC for the first time. I landed an internship through an internship program. As a joke, the internship program was always referred to as “The Program”, which is how people still refer to it. I’ve realized that through it all, I don’t know if I would be in DC now without participating in this internship opportunity in 2010. So here’s a little shout out to The Program and everyone who made it possible. One year later in 2011, I wrote an email to the CEO. This is what I had to say, and I couldn’t have said it better myself a second time around.

It’s been one week, six days, 9 hours and some odd minutes since I finally had the opportunity to meet you and hear your story in DC on June 8th. As I sit in front of my computer, I realize a lot has changed. I cannot seem to articulate my thoughts into the right words to express my sincere thanks, but nevertheless, I will try. The cursor is continually blinking in a rapid motion to my John Butler Trio Pandora station while the thoughts in my mind are bouncing off the walls, much like an intense game of squash. These thoughts of my dreams, the future, goals and the past are rampant.

It is most cliché to say: thank you, but there are no other words I can say to truly express my appreciation and gratitude. Eric, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to participate in The Program in D.C. This program sincerely changed me as a person. Daily, I was being asked to step out of my comfort zone and to push past my boundaries.

Generally, I would have hesitated, but since last summer, I no longer say no. I take each opportunity that presents itself, because who knows what will come of it; love it or hate it the chance was taken. Think. The worst thing that will happen is I hate whatever I did and I know not to do it again, but the best thing is you will have one hell of a story and experience afterwards.

Meeting you nearly 8 months after I completed the program put even more perspective into my life as a dreamer. I genuinely, know nothing is impossible and no dream is ever too big. Last year, I heard parts of your story, but it never impacted me as much as it did on the 8th.

Enrolling into The Program was one of the biggest chances and leaps of faith that I took. It was incredible. I never wanted last summer to end. The Program gave me both confidence and reassurance. The Program made me realize it was okay to let the huge walls I erected come down. I know there are times I find myself frightened enough to rebuild these walls, though the kindness and gentleness you’ve shown though last summer and your dreams have helped me to resist the urge to wall myself off from humanity. When I left in August, I was terrified and sad because I thought the reinvention of myself might slide back into my old self, but fear, not it only became more noticeable. My friends, parents and even professors commented on the way I was carrying myself, talking and articulating my choices.

I believe many people come into our lives for a reason.  We start certain things for a reason. Those reasons are not apparent when we start or when we meet that person, but there are often other reasons that become apparent at a later time. Each day I am learning this to be true.

Coming back to DC this summer I had high expectations. I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish – a Summer Bucket List- if you will, and each week at least one thing has been checked off. Without last summer, I would not be the reinvented person that I am today.

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a few words of wisdom

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Do you remember those nonsense chain emails that your friends and parents use to send you? More often than not when my mom would partake in them, she didn’t expect me to pass them along. She was sending me them for the message. I kept one of the emails in particular. I went back to read it, and something is compelling me to share it today. Enjoy.

Let me note by saying this is a little prayer. If you aren’t religious or a person of faith, that’s not the point. The reason I wanted to share this was the first sentence. Please, focus on the first sentence. It is beyond true, and I think this is the sign that you are searching for.

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never  did” When God takes something from your grasp. He’s not punishing you,  but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on  this sentence. “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of  God will not protect you.” Something good will happen to you today,  something that you have been waiting to hear. Just 27  Words, ‘God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries  and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.’  This prayer is so powerful.

As a Catholic, I do believe that prayer is a powerful thing and I also believe in chasing your dreams. If there is something you want, go after it. The only chances you miss are the opportunities you don’t take. Have confidence in yourself.