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What do you dream of?

By Michelle Lehnardt

Well this is embarrassing. We have another blank day on the blog. Consider us blog editors duly chastened. šŸ˜‰

So let’s have some fun and hear from you. It is our readers and commenters that make Segullah a fresh, vibrant community. It is your experiences and thoughts that teach us.

If you please, answer at least one of these questions in the comments. I can hardly wait to read your answers.

Have you ever had a dream come true? What was it?

If you were to write a book what would it be about? Fiction, nonfiction, artsy, how-to?

What is your dream for the future? It can be something really outrageous– just share!

About Michelle Lehnardt

(Blog Team) I'm the kind of mom who drives through mud puddles, throws pumpkins off the roof and lets the kids move the ping-pong table into the kitchen for the summer. Despite (or probably, because of) my immaturity, my five sons and one daughter are happy, thriving, funny people. I'll climb a mountain with you, jump into a freezing lake hand-in-hand or just sit with you while you cry. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ will heal the earth. Founder of buildyourteenager.com, scenesfromthewild.net and rubygirl.org.

23 thoughts on “What do you dream of?”

  1. A) Shortly before my now-husband and I were engaged, I'd sometimes dream that then-boyfriend was asleep next to me. I'd wake up in the morning with the strange expectation that he was missing – crazy as there was no sound reason for such a feeling. Now that we're married, yup, there he is (or isn't as the case may be). That's my most recent I dreamt-it dream come true.

    In the more day dream sense a year ago I'm actually managed to defend my thesis after five years of grad school. I never dreamed it would talk that long, but I did hope I'd eventually be done!

    B) I adore Marion Winik's writings. I'd love to be a good essayist just writing about life as I see it. That's an occasional work in progress.

    C) My dream for the future is to travel the world; eventually raise a well-adjusted, happy child; and more or less keep my husband around forever. (Ah, the simplicity of newlywed bliss.)

    Though I'll echo Happy Mom that having a place for everything and everything in its place would be a dream come true! I guess I'm a bit too pessimistic to cling to that hope and too lazy to make more than a slight effort.

  2. I actually do have a book dream. I want to interview many elderly people and write about that. It is really an excuse on my part to visit them, because I so love older folks. I've been thinking for years…what excuse can I come up with to make some friends of older people I do not know…and I finally came up with this interviewing/book idea. I am in the planning stages still…trying to think of about 5 questions that will lead them to tell me about their lives. I have found a very nice retirement center and I plan on going in there and talking to the director to obtain permission. I don't even know if it will be allowed… I can't wait to just sit there and listen to what their lives were all about. Is my dream even a practical one? Will it even work?

  3. I love your dreams! Keep em coming.

    For me, Happy Mom, everything could be in it's place for about 3 seconds and then I'd sure mess it up again. šŸ˜‰

    And Janell, I love your hubby asleep next-to-you dream come true.

    Jill– your book idea sounds great. I think the retirement home director would LOVE you!

  4. Are we talking about actual dreams? I can never ever remember any of those dreams. Dreams/hopes of my own daytime making are something that I'm working on getting through. I'm getting closer. I've decided I can't wait for any more opportune moments, so I'm just going to make my own dreams come true. They mostly involve laughing a lot and seeing interesting places.

    I don't have any really ambitious kinds of hopes, mostly just bucket-list kinds of things to do. And darn it, they're going to get done soon. Who knows when it'll be too late!?

    I write every day, but the more I write, the more I don't think I'll want to publish. It's more cathartic than anything else.

  5. Have you ever had a dream come true? What was it?
    This dream question is pretty intense – the middle of the night dreams that you know are not just a dream, but the spirit overwhelming your sleep – those dreams that come true are too sacred to be shared here (Not that I don't love you all and feel very close, but what about those lurkers?!). It hasn't happened many times in my life but the times it has made me feel that God is in his heaven and intricately involved in our affairs.

    Daydream type dreams, the wish your heart makes kind of dream? I yearned for years to feel strong arms hold me tight, to know that I was truly deeply loved. I found it in a great husband but also found that I wasn't fully capable of receiving that love. What a strange thing to have your dream come true only to find yourself not fully equipped to enjoy it. I've made great strides since then and enjoy it more, but still feel that we're only scratching the surface of what our relationship could be. Now I see that eternity holds great possibilities.

    If you were to write a book what would it be about? Fiction, non-fiction, artsy, how-to?

    Oh, how I've toyed with this one over the last year! I love reading so of course I think it would be the bees knees to write a great fiction book. I just finished The Sugar Queen, it dealt with deep issues but had a lightness, a magical quality that would be fun to mimic. In reality my skills of description, emotional quality, symbolism, plot development… all need work so I'm far from writing it and feeling that this is not the time or season for it.

    As hard as non-fiction is for me to plow through as a reader these days, I'm more likely to write that first. It seems less intimidating.

    What is your dream for the future?
    My dream for the future – we just applied to become foster parents! Our first interview is this week, prep classes start next week. My dream is that this will be successful- that Heavenly Father increases our capacities so we can care for children in need, and that our children won't be negatively effected by it all. God help us, literally!

  6. to Jendoop…you think non-fiction is less intimidating? We need to chat because I would love to have some of that confidence. At least with fiction you don't have to worry about getting your FACTS in order. šŸ™‚

  7. When I was still single, I had a dream that several girls I knew in the singles ward were standing in line, waiting their turn to yell at me. After a few that I knew well, there was a girl I did no recognize, but she had big beautiful eyes and long, dark hair worn in a distinctive style. Something in the dream told me that when I met that girl, I could stop looking because that would be my wife. A couple of months later, a couple of friends and I gave a ride to a regional dance to two new girls in the ward. One had big beautiful eyes and long, dark hair worn in that same distinctive style as in my dream. She is now my wife, and has been for just over 22 years.

  8. I served a mission. It was glorious.
    I lived in London.
    I am less than two months away from graduating with my master's degree.
    I married the man of my dreams.
    I have a cat.
    I roomed with my sister.
    I made madrigal choir in high school.
    I graduated from BYU.
    My life is full of promise and hope.

    In conclusion, I have a testimony that dreams come true.

  9. My dream come true:

    In college I always wanted to perform a concerto with an orchestra, but never won the competition necessary to do it. After my first child was born, a conductor in CA called me and asked me to play with his orchestra. I realized it was Heavenly Father giving me the gift of my dream come true. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.

    Book dream?

    Yes. Fiction. Young adult.

    Dream for the future:

    Other than being organized (which is a pipe dream), I want my doctorate in piano performance. Whew.

  10. I had an idea for a book this week, but I don't want to write it. So far, all I have is the title. And I really want someone knowledgeable to write it. Have at it if you're woman enough:

    "The 'F' Word: Feminism Throughout Mormon History"

    Any takers?

    My dream for the not-so-distant future is to facilitate seminars for a company I have long admired. We'll see. šŸ™‚

    My long-term dream is to live in poor, struggling countries around the world and help women obtain financial security through micro-credit loans and educational means. Mainly, I want to open doors for women and children to live their dreams and dream new dreams they never thought possible.

  11. My dream is to go to Stanford and earn a PhD studying some combination of diversity, giftedness, and leadership. I'm not interested in teaching college, so I'm not sure what job that would lead to. When I was home with my children, I worried that the season of intellectual pursuit was behind me and gone forever. Now that I've re-entered the workforce, I have found that my years of mothering have deepened my intellect and character. And my life is so much richer because of my beloved children.

    I have thought about writing a book about the trials and tribulations of being married to a public school teacher. However, as I heard just today, "writers write.". I don't write much. But I love to read, and I look forward to reading all of the books that you ladies are planning to write! šŸ™‚

  12. I had a dream (of the desire variety) to play in an orchestra–the violin. Trouble was, I only played the violin in third grade for a few months. But then I taught myself to play the cello when my oldest son was in fourth grade and was learning at school. Then my neighbor invited me to join the local orchesta (in Feb and I'd started in Oct). I played about five seasons. I loved it!

    I write fiction. My novel, in progress, is actually a feminist science fiction story.

    My dream for the future is to be organized. It has always seemed to be out of reach. My husband is ready to pay for a professional organizer….maybe one day.

  13. I dreamed I was at a roller rink with one of my 3rd grade students, a high school acquaintance, and a sister. We had to all take turns skating and holding hands. Then I woke up to go to the bathroom for the 3rd time. Pregnancy perhaps?

  14. Wait! I forgot that my current dream is to be in shape. After five kids my dancer's body is pretty well hidden! I tell myself that if losing weight were easy, everyone would be skinny. That's supposed to make me turn from the sweets!

  15. My dream come true was being sealed to my husband and sons. While that didn't QUITE turn out as I expected, my sons are MINE so I don't mind.

    If I was going to write a book? It would be about surviving divorce.

    Dream for the future? Seeing – while I'm still alive – how my blessing that "all this will work out for your good and the good of your sons" actually comes to pass. That, and trying Cherry Garcia icecream. That second one I'm hoping will happen in 3 months! šŸ™‚

  16. Gwenevere- I'm a little late responding to your comment, I hope you see this.

    I see non-fiction as less intimidating because facts can be the scaffolding. It's a kind of built in outline when you gather the facts and then explain their connections.

    With fiction there is no scaffolding except the one you erect. The sky is the limit – it's the same feeling I get standing in a field in Kansas, the broad open space overwhelms me. And I don't trust my building skills enough to hang my story on a scaffolding I erected.

  17. Have you ever had a dream come true? What was it?

    I've been fortunate enough to have many of my dreams come true…most of them, in fact. My biggest dream was to meet a good guy and raise a loving family together. I always thought this one would come true, and I was right. My secondary dream was to write a book and have it published. I always thought that dream would NOT come true, and I was wrong. Just goes to show that dreaming big is a good thing.

    If you were to write a book what would it be about? Fiction, non-fiction, artsy, how-to?

    Two of my books were non-fiction and one was poetry. Right now, I've got a new project. Every year for many years I've written a Christmas Eve story for my family. I'm now thinking of compiling all of these stories into a book. It seems like people are always looking for new Christmas fare!

    What is your dream for the future? It can be something really outrageousā€“ just share!

    My dream for the future is to write my own music. I've done lyrics many times, but I'd like to be able to actually write the music myself. That would be more fulfilling creatively. Of course, I'd have a looooong way to go with this one. I'd need to take some serious classes, and I'm not sure I even have the talent. But I'd sure like to give it a try!

    I'd also like to be healthy enough to serve a mission when my husband retires.

    Finally, I'd like to travel all over the world and stay for prolonged periods in out-of-the-way places.

    Sheesh. I don't ask much, do I?


  18. I had a dream when I was little, and I told my Bishop about it and he said, "Unfortunately, Bishops can't interpret dreams." I was shocked and dismayed. šŸ™‚

    I try to live more for the here and now and not some far distant future. Does that mean I've given up my dreams? I don't know. I like to think they are stored away safely until the time comes when I can take them out and try them on again. My kids are with me now and they won't be after a while, so I think that's my priority now.

  19. The one recurring dream I have had is that of being able to fly–each time I just have to drift into a state of complete relaxation and I start to soar. Perhaps there is meaning in that for my uptight self.

    Life dreams? I would LOVE to discover the book in me. I write in my journal every day, and I come away wondering if I have said anything. Who is my audience anyway?

  20. Have you ever had a dream come true? What was it?

    I wrote an essay for Segullah called: A Dream and a Dirt Road Miracle in the Spring of 2006.
    You made it such a fun experience for me. The essay was about our couple missionary work in Brasil and you were kind to help me our P-day. Like many of you, my dream is to love and lift with words.

    Five days ago, I saw the final cover for my little Mother's Day Booklet that Granite is publishing for this Mother's Day! It will be in Deseret Book and other bookstores in a couple of weeks. 'Dandelions for Mother's Day' is a fulfillment of a dream for me. Very fun! It is kinda like being a second grader on a bumpy field-trip bus–knowing that a carton of chocolate milk is smashing my peanut butter sandwich and I can hardly wait to get to it!

    I picture myself trying to act normal (not smile too big) as I walk into the bookstore and buy a copy for my mother. I will get it autographed (by ME!) on the way to her home!

    Thank you again Segullah, for your past kindness; your part in my dream come true! I enjoy so many of the writings on Segullah and want to encourage anyone who wants to write to JUST DO IT. We want to hear your thoughts!


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