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“There. I said it.”


I have to come clean on something.  I was getting ready for my vacation…packing, getting stuff done, making sure my blog posts were ready.  In the midst of all of that, I only skimmed Jami’s guest post.  I already knew her business story, so I didn’t feel the need to read every sentence in great detail. Well, I checked my e-mail as I was on the way home from Maine and I started reading all of the comments.  I could see how people were so encouraged and inspired.  I figured I needed to go back and really read the post, so I did.

It cracked me up when Jami said, “I actually have a pie in the sky dream for the “softly spoken” collection too.

Hmmm. You know what? I’m going to share it with you. Marian seems to have a magic blog over here. Everything she writes happens. ;)

(Kidding, of course. Every opportunity that comes her way is a result of the passion, work, and smart decisions that she puts into it. That and she’s just good people.)

BUT, on slim to none chance that we are, in fact, dealing with magic mustard seeds over here:

I would love for my cuffs and a few other wares in the new collection to be picked up by anthropologie. There. I said it.

It’s funny to me, because I laugh about that with my family often.  I say what I’m hoping to do and then I get an e-mail offering an opportunity.  Not always and not always right away, but it happens enough that it’s a bit of a joke.

“My dishwasher isn’t working very well.”

“Well, maybe you should write about it on the blog and one will show up on your doorstep tomorrow.”

I never thought if I shared about wanting to write a book or be in a magazine or have a line under my brand that those things would actually happen.  I was just dreaming out loud.  I wanted to share my hopes and see what happened.  It’s the same thing that makes me buy a junky piece of furniture or look at dilapidated old houses.  It’s possibility.  Potential.  What if.  Pushing through the self-doubt and the fears and anxieties and the nay-sayers.  Putting it out there in writing.

I used to think musical theatre was one of the most useless degrees (and I can say that without offense, because that’s the degree I have), but I now see tons of value in it.  Auditioning for plays is mostly about rejection, but you have to dust yourself off and remember that a “no” doesn’t mean you stink (although it could, I suppose), it just means you’re not right for the part or maybe you were edged out by someone more right for the part.  Or maybe the director’s daughter got the part instead of you.  Either way, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying.  We all love the stories of actors who were rejected hundreds of times before landing a roll that rockets them to the “A List.”  We love knowing that some moron told Michael Jordan he wasn’t good at basketball, because that leaves the door open that the person telling me that I can’t do what I want to do might be a moron, too.

I’m not saying you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do.  I know I’ll never run a four minute mile or climb Everest or be a size two.  I can, however, use the gifts, talents and abilities that have been given me to go for what I daydream about when my mind drifts.  I can hone thos abilities and learn new ones that make me even better.  I can put myself out there and go for it.

All of this to say, I want to give you an opportunity to share your pie-in-the-sky dream.  To say, “I want to fill-in-the-blank.  There.  I said it.”  You can do that right here in the comments or write a post and leave a link in the comments.  Or you can just write it on a napkin.   Whatever works for you.  Let’s not be afraid to dream big.

Blogs have really opened up the world for women like us.  Let’s go for it.

There.  I said it.

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  1. I am a little late to the post here, but I am ready to state my dreams loudly. I want to own a successful occasional store with a workshop attached ,t hat people can’t wait to come shop in once a month. I want to be published–magazines, book, something. I want to share my passion for junk and women doing what they love and women valuing themselves. But above all else, I want to bring glory to God in all that I say and do, for without Him, I am nothing.

  2. I want my domain to be fixed and reappear after I took the risk to get it done and I want to have success at my town’s fall festival where, for the first time ever, I will share my talents with complete strangers. I want more and I will make a note of all I want!

  3. I want SuzAnna’s Antiques to be as popular as Miss Mustard Seed!! LOL!

  4. I want my small business, Everything You Do is a Balloon to be successful enough to allow me to quit my full time job that is killing me mentally and emotionally. I want to be able to make enough money to live doing what I love :)

  5. Pat C. says:

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and encouraging us to state our dreams. I want to write a newspaper column in the spirit of the inimitable Erma Bombeck’s–syndicated, of course. (If we’re going to dream, we might as well dream BIG!)

    There, I said/wrote it. Thanks again for giving us a safe place to voice something that we might never have given voice to before. xoxo

    Time to click Post Comment before I change my mind….

  6. What beautiful dreams people have! All the comments are so lovely.

    I want a romantic relationship. I’ve been so alone for so long.

    There, I said it out loud.

  7. Just putting out there..dream to follow through with my blog ! The one I have written post and saved
    Taken pics of all of my DIY for over a year. Also to be suggesful at this said Blog.

  8. Dianne says:

    All my life I’ve traveled through magazines. I would love to really see these places someday. There, I said it.

    I have a friend I met at her vintage shop ‘Junk in the Trunk’ and her enthusiasm is so infectious. She is the one who told me about Miss Mustard Seed. I love the inspiration I get from the site and other links. Thank you so much.

    Now where are those baseboards I need to finish???

  9. Sheila O'Rourke says:

    I want to make money doing what I already want to be doing – finding vintage stuff, repurposing them if needed, sewing, making pictures, doing fun things with the pictures I already have. And in the process get a tax break on any road trip I take, as long as I find something along the side of the road on the trip! I want my own shop! (or booth) There, I said it!

  10. If I had to choose one passion, it is singing worship songs and leading worship at church. It’s what I went to school for, was given a heart for, and left interior design school for. And I don’t regret it one bit. I’d love to collaborate with more Christian musicians and write and record. But at the same time, I am content with God’s timing as I’ve been focusing my time as a stay at home mom of three little ones. I don’t need to worry about all the hows and whens. As for music…I find it awe inspiring how a life can be changed….completely altered by a single song, a single moment, the Holy Spirit, and a choice toward Jesus.

  11. Nicol ludwig says:

    Well I already have a successful shop and I’m making decent money out if my booth but I’d love to host my own show and be able to afford to junk around the u.s. and do interior design work later in my career.

  12. Hi, I am a home stager (a really good one, lol) the majority of my staged homes sell withing 30 days or less. My dream is to be on HGTV. That has been my dream for ten years. However I am so much older than all those young folks on those shows. I would love to see a show with real woman, older woman who stage homes. I have no idea how to aquire my dream….any help would be appreciated. I don;t generally toot my own horn but I am a fabulous stager, I am a mediocre furniture builder, furniture refinisher, crafter, seamstress…I am a great cook and stager. I have a complete staging inventory to outfit 8 vacant homes and 30 furnished. I am a horrible blogger, facebooker, twitter’, photographer, etc.
    Help me reach my dream please.

    • Have you applied to have your clients or yourself featured on an episode?
      (I used to field produce for an HGTV show. )
      Scout out the names of production companies in the credits of the shows you like – then visit their websites looking for “casting” for particular shows.

      getting yourself on one episode, being really good and really charming and really camera friendly and nicely chummy with the producers could lead to your own show.

      • Oh… and they don’t have to be the productions companies close to you… they all send crews all over the country. Find the right shows and apply.

  13. I’ve never told anyone this, so it is very scary putting this out there…..(lips quivering…) I would love to be like Rachel Ashwell and have my own line of home goods that has a “look”. I am starting with what I love which is very much like what you do, Marian, and I hope that I can possibly reach that goal someday. I have no idea how!

    On a baby step note, I do have one goal that I can say I have finally achieved- I just found out that I was accepted as a vendor at Junk Salvation for February 2013! Exciting, scary, something I’ve had on my business bucket list. I feel like I will be playing with the big girls!! gulp! : }

  14. A little late posting, but better late than never. :) This post is so inspiring!! I just posted on my blog this week how some advice that my husband gave to our daughter hit home with me on why I started blogging to begin with. Now I’ve found your post here and it just rolls right along with that. My hopes and dreams are that I’ll continue to grow my blog and readers – to reach out and inspire more people to try new things because I love what I do! I would love for one day to be able to spend more time doing DIY projects and blogging – maybe even blog for another website! (squeel of excitement!) Blogland is such a wonderful community of people and anything is possible!!!

  15. Shirley Schilder says:

    Oh my Marion! I started reading your blog a while ago and you inspired me to dream and encouraged me not allow fear to hold me back. As a result, I started a little hobby/business and have started putting myself “out there”. I’ve also started a facebook page. I’ve always loved to write, so as scary as it was, this has come quite easily to me. More than twenty years ago, I started dreaming about having my own little homewares boutique, with a coffee shop attached. It was just pie-in-the-sky and I’d almost been to scared to say it out loud. But I’m saying it now. It’ll be called Simply Divine Living, and will have the most beautiful collectibles, my own creations and a whole lof of pretty stuff and will be filled with beautiful flowers. There, I’ve said it! You’ve heard my God, and I entrust my dream to you.

    Marian, you continue to be a blessing to me and so many others. Thank you and bless you! Shirley

  16. I have read all the commets written here and I was praying while doing that , as my little seed to everyone here to be able to see their dreams come true.
    Let’s deam big so we can achieve the same way. Someday I will have a Blog , the one I’d been dreaming of in my mind and I will remember this day when I here, said it!
    Blessings to all the ones who were brave enough to share with us here and to you Miss Mustrad Seed for gave us the inspriration to do it.

  17. Thank You…Your motto is about moving mountains in your home…but by opening your heart and soul to others…your mustard seeds are spreading in the wind and moving mountains in many places…Coreen

  18. I want to photograph a country music star or two or three and maybe more.

  19. Thanks for offering us a place to put our dreams out there. I meant to write my down when I first saw this post, but then I was hesitant, since I couldn’t articulate my dream clearly then. I’m still not sure I can, but here’s my stab at it. I would love to have my own business that is an extension of my blog, where I can use my creativity and talents to inspire others and help them to make their homes beautiful. I would love to have an online shop. I wold love my business to connect women together. I would want it to make everyone enjoy their homes more, and have a more satisfying life, in short to be as happy as I am. And now I’ve said it too.

  20. Thank you for encouraging me to voice my dreams! I wrote a post here

  21. Such a great post! I haven’t written about it on my blog yet but I am in the process of designing a line of art stamps to be used in unconventional ways to embellish a variety of surfaces. I plan to sell them online. Thanks so much for giving us permission to dream out loud.

  22. I was one of the thankful readers of that post.

    I want God to bless our dreams of my making a good living doing interior design consultations, revamping furniture, and handcrafting home accessories and fun stuff for kiddos. This is because I love doing all these things, and because the commute to my relocated FT office job is slowly drowning me and my family. I just started my little blog and I’m taking classes, so I have made some first steps! I realize the value of putting this out there, so thank you for the opportunity, Miss Magic Mustard Seed. :)


  23. I’m a little late, but I really need to say this.

    I want to make a living helping people learn traditional skills (like building furniture and canning and making cheese and sewing) AND do something related to helping farmers and supporting local food production (and awesome fresh food). I’m not sure if those are the same thing or if they are two totally different parts of the puzzle, but I really want to do both. I want to do that so that I can control my schedule and have the time I want with my child.

    There, I said it.

  24. I’m late but here’s my post about my dreams: my own business in home decor and my own e-zine. There, I said it.

  25. Suzi Q says:

    I want our family to be in a community where my kids can ride their bicycles around the neighborhood and have opportunities for enrichment and friends and I want to be in a church that loves music as much as I do. There, I said it!

  26. Shazzy says:

    Thank you all for giving me the strength to actually leave a comment. I would also love to have my own home decor shop where locals are relaxed, feel welcome and love to drop in…. there I said it… Believe in your dreams and your dreams will come true!!! good luck to everyone!!

  27. How many words do we get….I want to travel the world (especially France, Italy, Spain, and Greece), I want to be my own boss, make my own schedule and make enough money to afford to remodel/decorate my house the perfect way for us. I have always wanted to be an Interior Designer but ended up with a Horticulture degree instead, I would love to go back to school and finish my design degree (I wonder how many of the fabulous bloggers I follow are certified designers…do you need to be to make money at it?). Mostly, I just lost my dog after almost 14 years and I would give anything to have her back, as she was as a younger pup, when she was cancer free.

  28. Maggie S says:

    I want to paint beautiful furniture and sell it !!! I said it!

    (I just found you a few months a go and I’m reading old posts)


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