Questions, Pondering, Dreaming

I was chatting with my good friend, MaryBeth McCandless on AIM when she posted an interesting question to me–what would you change or do in your life right now if time, money, and self-confidence was totally plentiful?

Questions about my dreams get my brain churning and my heart racing, especially when I have enough money to do whatever I want, add in the time and self-confience and I’m cooler than Hermione Granger with a Time-Tuner (if you’re not into Harry Potter, you totally wouldn’t get that!)

First, I would definitely buy a professional camera (Nikon or Canon) with at least 10 MP, preferably 12 MP, complete with fancy lenses. To make the most out of my new purchase, I would take some digital photography classes at a local college to learn how to better my craft. Then I would find a couple of pals (or beg a band to let me come along on their tour) and hit the road, going cross-country to take wonderful pictures.

Second, I would probably want to get a Mac so I could better use my digital photographs, and perhaps take a few classes in graphic design as well. Maybe even a few more video editing courses. I love digital media.

Third, I would donate a bunch of money to some cool organizations including Raising Lazarus, Christian Freedom International, Blood: Water Mission, and a few other charitable organizations. Not only would I help others, I’d get a cool tax write-off. I would also have to consider a yearly budget and tithe.

Fourth, I’d get a piece of real estate and start a church for people who don’t like church, have been cast away from church, or who have been hurt by churches but still want fellowship. It would basically be a Christian halfway house. We’d probably have people who would never leave, but we would encourage folks to go back to church once they’re ready. The whole key to the project would be healing the body and giving spiritual therapy to return to the corporate body. Hopefully we could even have counselors on staff or as volunteers to help folks make the transition. I would love to see this happen.

Fifth, since I’m oozing self-esteem, I would get out there and meet some single guys. Why? Because I’d love to make a deeper, but not too deep, relationship connection with that special someone. I definitely don’t want anything serious, but it would be cool to start making a connection with a guy who loves God, passionate about serving Him, and can be a spiritual leader. This is something really on my heart that I have to continually give to God every day.

Sixth, I would pay off my college loans and I’d pay off all of my best friend’s credit card and college debt. Then I’d buy Sarah an orange Chevy Cobalt and a fantastic computer, plus anything else she wants–probably a pasta machine and a bread maker. I’d also finance the rest of Mary Ellen’s college education and then pay for her to go off and explore the world for a year. Oh, and I’d buy her health insurance, a new computer, a decent camera, and a $1000 gift certificate to Salvation Army–that would last her a lifetime. I would also donate money to some friends I know that are struggling right now, but their names shall remain nameless. Plus, I would invest a buttload of money.

Seventh, I would start my own broadcasting empire of some sort…maybe start with podcasts and all kinds of crazy equipment. I’d pay an engineer to come help out with it, take some classes myself. It would be way fun. Plus, I’d do mad advertising on Youth Ministry Exchange.

Eighth, I’d personally finance the concert that Amanda and I want to do in October. It’s going to be awesome.

Ninth, I’d consider going to Wheaton for my Ph.D in psychology or to Kutztown for my certification as a guidance counselor.

Tenth, I would write my book, send it to publishers, and if no one wanted it, I’d publish it myself…gosh darnit!

And there’s one more thing…I’d buy a puppy for a family that really, really wants a dog but can’t afford the extra cost. I’d pay for lifetime care of the dog. I’d also put money into investment portfolios for the children’s future.

And I’d pay for everyone from YMX to attend National Youth Workers Convention in Nashville this year!

I could probably go on forever…dreams are only limited by our imagination. But, alas, finances, time, and self-esteem are things that keep us from our dreams. Perhaps as we work on these elements of life, we are one step closer to each and every dream coming true.

0 thoughts on “Questions, Pondering, Dreaming

  1. so…are there any other things that keep us from our dreams, or does pretty much every roadblock fit into one of those categories: finances, time, self-esteem… interesting.

    Also – I love that you’d be giving so much away…that’s always been on my list too!

    THANKS for some great ideas…now go deal with those dream blockers…

  2. so…are there any other things that keep us from our dreams, or does pretty much every roadblock fit into one of those categories: finances, time, self-esteem… interesting.

    Also – I love that you’d be giving so much away…that’s always been on my list too!

    THANKS for some great ideas…now go deal with those dream blockers…

  3. So, which ones of these will you go for first? Amy, one thing I know about you (besides the fact that you’re a fantastic writer and that you have a heart as big as Texas) is that you are a dreamer. You dream BIG. But you also dream REAL. And I think some of those dreams are only *barely* out of your reach.

    A couple of years ago, I had on my “I wish I could do in my lifetime” list that I wanted to hike the Grand Canyon and that I wanted to run a marathon. Guess what? I’ve done them both. And i think you can do a lot of what you are dreaming about if you put your mind to it…

  4. So, which ones of these will you go for first? Amy, one thing I know about you (besides the fact that you’re a fantastic writer and that you have a heart as big as Texas) is that you are a dreamer. You dream BIG. But you also dream REAL. And I think some of those dreams are only *barely* out of your reach.

    A couple of years ago, I had on my “I wish I could do in my lifetime” list that I wanted to hike the Grand Canyon and that I wanted to run a marathon. Guess what? I’ve done them both. And i think you can do a lot of what you are dreaming about if you put your mind to it…

  5. Amy, I heard a professional photographer say that 10MP is more than enough for photography. A 6MP is the same quality as a typical 35mm camera. Just figured I would let you know.

    And I want to know why “moving to Michigan to be near me and Kimmy” was not on that list?

  6. Amy, I heard a professional photographer say that 10MP is more than enough for photography. A 6MP is the same quality as a typical 35mm camera. Just figured I would let you know.

    And I want to know why “moving to Michigan to be near me and Kimmy” was not on that list?

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