It is with a sense of satisfaction that I begin this blog entry – one goal accomplished to begin blogging! The concept is slightly daunting as I am preferably a private person and the thought of my words being publically available brings mixed feelings. Life so far has taught me many a valuable lesson, primarily that life is a learning journey; we have victories and disasters, we get ‘it’ right and wrong, we move forward and backwards, we can be motivated and unmotivated… the list goes on! The key is growing from our own experiences, sharing them, in turn listening and learning from others. It is my intention to use mygoalsmyfuture as a space to do just that. So after lots of time spent pondering on the most appropriate name and then beginning to type my vision into reality it is time to properly introduce myself…
I am lots of things, life has given me many title but to you I am Rachael. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an aunty, a niece, a cousin, a business partner, a friend and a person who intends to leave a legacy in this world. Yet I am simply a person who has a deep rooted desire to constantly better myself, a drive to continually push my own limits and to redefine my boundaries. It started in primary school when I was awarded the ‘neatest and smartest appearance’ trophy for 3 consecutive years (then we moved continents!), throughout my schooling I was the perfectionist, the organised student, the responsible house captain and prefect. I was the ‘good girl’ yet one teacher tried desperately to break my character and unjustly punished me (let’s just say that I had a few text books and chalk dusters thrown at my head…) it was laughable to my classmates to me it was utterly humiliating. I dreamt big dreams for after school, they were laughed at – the saying “You? No!” still haunts me. All of this taught me to guard my heart and hold those things close – my dreams became just conversations in my head and my future scarcely talked of.
It has taken many years and many wise words to put myself back on track and be the person I truly believe I am destined to be. Destined, destiny… words I love – destiny is engraved in my wedding ring. It has so much depth to it.
‘Destiny is used with regard to the finality of events as they have worked themselves out; and to that same sense of “destination”, projected into the future to become the flow of events as they will work themselves out’ (Wikimedia, n.d.).
I uphold the belief that if I can dream it, it is achievable. I am challenged to openly share my ongoing journey towards seeing my dreams become actualised with realistic, achievable and measureable goals, in turn become my future. It is my hope that through this process I can not only challenge myself but also challenge you the reader. So I leave you to ponder what has shaped your own dreams and if you are courageously forming goals to get you there. Perhaps we need to reflect on Martin Luther King’s iconic “I have a dream” speech, put pen to paper, put hands to the keys and begin to write what we passionately want for ourselves…
WikiMedia, n.d., Destiny, 1. Fate, viewed 14 September 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destiny