Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Funding Your Dreams

Angie here:

Have you ever sold an item you held precious?  Here are the Lladro/Nao figurines I collected when I lived in Spain. I've had them since 1984-86 depending on the piece. And I've already chosen to sell two of the four cats I owned. My daughter was stunned when I sold the first two. She asked, "Why are you doing that?"

My response? "Because my dreams are more important than these things." I bought them to fill my desire to not only have something beautiful but also to gain value. The value is what I'm counting on now. I've had the beauty for over 25 years. It's time to fund my dreams and that's much more valuable than a precious collection of porcelain.

I'll be honest. Packing up those first two figurines and mailing them made my stomach clench. It was hard to let go. Until I used that money to do a very important step in my plans. Now I'm looking at the rest of them wondering how quickly I can fit in the time to put them on ebay or Craig's List or whatever vehicle will sell them the fastest because they are another stepping stone toward fulfilling my long term plan.

I've let go of the emotional attachment and embraced the joy of reaching my goals. These Lladro/Nao figurines are simply a tool to provide for me now. It's about funding your dreams.

I hope I sent the message to my daughter to go after her dreams and make choices that will provide higher dividends than holding onto things. I hope I'm inspiring you to take a fresh look at those things in your life, maybe laying around your house, and see what may help you reach your goals.

Ultimately, I couldn't get to the end of my life and still see a prized possession that could have been a vehicle to a priceless legacy. That regret I never want to feel.

Is there something you'd be willing to give up to fund your dreams?

How hard do you think it will be?


  1. Wow, Angie. It's not something I've ever thought to do. But I certainly will. I'm glad you're going for your dreams and think you're being a great role model.

  2. Angie you would be a great role model for people who suffer from hoarding tendencies! Good luck fulfilling your dreams :)

  3. Thanks, Missy and Eva. I'd love to hear more.

  4. You are so wise, if all our stuff holds us back from our dreams. We need to git rid of the stuff. You have inspired me to get rid of more of my stuff/junk.

  5. We're even holding a garage sale (2nd one this year) to free up space, make a little money, and release things from our grasp.

    I'd love to see more people fund their dreams with things they don't really use. It's great for your sense of confidence too.