Fighting For Your Dreams

Dear friends, I can't thank you enough for all of your excitement and encouragement in response to the big news. It means the world to me right now. On the days when I feel overwhelmed with emotion, fear and even criticism for doing something so crazy, your sweet words cheer my heart and remind me that what we're doing is REALLY AMAZING!

I'm honored that people I don't even know are inspired by our dream. Today, the talented Heather Bullard was so inspired by our dream that she included it in her Friday Favorites. {Heather, I can't wait to order one of your chicken coop designs when we get to Franklin. Talk about dreamy!}

A special thank you to those who've introduced yourselves for the first time! I love you already just for the way you've reached out to encourage me! And a huge thank you to those who've shared Nashville/Franklin connections. Keep them coming! I feel like God really is going before us in this move, and you are the proof!

{Believe has been my word this year;
bought this pillow at Marburger.}

I believe in our family's dream with my whole heart, but some days, I wonder what on earth we're doing. The doubts and fears creep in and I wonder if we can really do this...if we should do this. As the tears flow, I wonder why chasing a dream is so dang hard. And that's when it hit me:


I used to think dreams just landed in your lap and unfolded effortlessly...that if they were meant to be, they'd just happen. But the truth is, there's a whole lot of wrestling that goes on behind the scenes of a big dream...wrestling with yourself {and all your fears}, wrestling with what others think {not everyone will approve}, wrestling with the world {full of obstacles and traps}, and wrestling with what we believe. {Can God really be trusted?}

{Pinned here.}

I'm beginning to believe that the wrestling is as important as the dreaming...that how you fight for the dream is as life-changing as the dream itself. One thing's for sure: chasing a dream can wear you out. That's where I find myself today...absolutely exhasuted. But in some ways, worn out is just where I need to be in order to freely receive all that God has for me. Otherwise, I'm too fearful, distracted, "capable" and proud to acknowledge there's a better way than my way.

How about you? What dream are you fighting for these days? Is there something stirring in your heart that you're afraid to follow? Let me encourage you as you've encouraged me: GO FOR IT! Dream big and fight hard! You're worth it!

{Love this print so much that I had to share it again!}

Happy Friday, sweet friends!



  1. I've been thinking lots about you Lins and I know that as exciting as all of this is, it has to be emotional and exhausting. When we decided to pick up and move here from Denver my mother was so upset with me she couldn't even say goodbye before I got into the car for the 22 hour drive. We didn't speak for a few weeks, until I told her I was pregnant with Naya, then she calmed down and decided she'd have to follow us to Houston to be close to all of her grandbabies. It did put a damper on the move that we were so excited for (sold the Denver house quickly, bought a big gorgeous house here with a pool, etc...) but it all fell into place within a few months of our move.

    Sounds like your head is in the right place, understanding that the anxiety is all a part of it, but keep looking out to the horizon and visualize where you'll be next year at this time. It is/was meant to be so no changing that!

    I overcame a big obstacle professionally this week, not something that I necessarily dreamt about but something I accomplished that I never thought I could do. ;)

    We are all expanding and growing each day, most of the time not even realizing it.

    Happy {rainy} Friday to you.

  2. I love what you have to say here. Even through exhaustion, you are speaking brilliance! The months ahead will be crazy. You will be on a roller coaster, full of highs and lows. Dreams are never easy to follow and it's certainly not for the faint of heart. If that was the case, everyone would have theirs. The nay sayers will be loud and you will learn who your real friends are. There is a reason why the road you are on is less traveled...but keep on it! Have a great weekend!

  3. I love how you share about chasing your dream. It's so encouraging to me! I think I am always waiting for things to fall into my lap. That wresting can get the best of me but as I type this the verse that popped into my head was "fix your eyes on Jesus. He's the author and FINISHER of our fate!" That must be for you because it just came to me as I typed this comment. :) Be blessed!

  4. Keep chasing your dream! What you are doing encourages me to go for the life I want and desire. Will it be filled with highs and lows? Yes, but such is life -- ebbs and flows.

    God is with you every step of the way. He wants you to have a fulfilled life!

    Love reading about the journey....

  5. it is scary to step out in faith and chase a dream that has been birthed in our hearts.....
    praying for you this morning as you daily trust that God is ordering your steps!

    I can't wait to see your chicken coop!!

  6. I SO loved this
    I feel the exact same way
    I shared this post on my post a minute ago
    I loved it so...
    praying you have more strength today:)
    I know the exhaustion part of it well
    love you friend..

  7. May God bless every part of this transition for you and your family. The hard decisions in life are the most rewarding if God is in it.

    " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11


    1. One of my favorite verses! Thank you!!!

  8. The only way to have dreams come true is to dream in the first place. With all my heart, I hope yours come true and when/if they do, it matters not what anyone else thinks.

    1. Mom, this means more than you know. xo!


"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

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