Before we left for Thailand, Sony invited me to fly to Florida on March 30th to tape a special interview with Lifetime’s morning show for women, The Balancing Act. I was excited about the idea, but also nervous about the timing. We would be coming home from Thailand 48 hours prior. Could I pull that off and be exhausted or look completely jet lagged by the time I got to Florida?!
Then the Dengue Fever hit us, and Brian and I didn’t know when I’d have enough strength to even fly home. Can I tell you that Sony was amazing through all this “unknown” stuff? Never once, did Sony put any pressure on me to “make the TV show” still happen. They wanted to make sure me and Pascaline were going to be okay. And if I couldn’t make it, as tough as that might make the situation for them, they were still more concerned for our well being. And this says a lot to me and Brian.
But alas, Brian and I felt like I could make it. It’d be tough, but we’d head to Bangkok earlier to break up the travelling for me. We really felt like this was an important interview to make, if I could handle the travel. And friends, I’m so glad I made it. It was an AMAZING day with The Balancing Act! They showcased the copper brown camera and our Kids in Focus DVD! It was AWESOME!
Beth, one of the show’s hosts, is on my right. She has such a passion for empowering woman, and I LOVE what they have done with the messaging of their morning show. If you’ve never checked out Lifetime’s Balancing Act, you MUST!
Brian and I are working hard toward a dream of having a TV show for women and photography. Being able to appear as a guest on national shows like this, helps us get a little closer to that dream. But I don’t want to give off this message that I was some Super Woman to make it here. Working towards your dream can sometimes make demands that leave you wondering if you have what it takes.
After flying all the way back from Thailand, it was so tough to wake up at 3:30am and catch the early morning flight to Florida. It was even tougher when I was given a middle seat for the four hour flight to Houston, and a very large man sat down next to me, took of his shoes AND socks and touched me off and on with his sweaty feet. Here’s proof that I’m no super woman…when I arrived in Houston for my layover, I went straight to the bathroom, locked myself in a stall and just cried. I was so exhausted, felt so claustrophobic, sick of recycled airplane air, I didn’t think i could get on the next plane. It’s moments like these when I’m so thankful for being able to call Brian and my little brother, as they helped me calm down, so I could get back on the next airplane.
We need dreams. We need the power they give us. Dreams lift us up out of our momentary muck. They help us stay in touch with our desires, our prayers for the what we think is impossible. Dreams keep wonder and the sense of possibility alive in us. Dreams give us hope, give us determination to keep going, to not give up. But sometimes, dreams are simply demanding. Does that means we’ve got the wrong dream? If our dream is more demanding today than inspiring, are we in the wrong place? Have we made a wrong turn?
Not at all. The demanding moments are a part of the life cycle of our dreams. And if we can endure—if we can work to not second guess dreams—our commitment to believe in what we cannot see will pay off.
Tomorrow is Good Friday and such a meditative day. The day itself symbolizes a day when the dreams of people were snuffed out, leaving darkness and confusion and lots of second guessing. Where are you at today with your dreams? Do you feel like your dreams are more demanding? Do you feel like your dreams have led you to more darkness and confusion? Are you second guessing yourself? Can you relate to me crying in the bathroom stall and not wanting to go a step further with my dream? Do you feel alone? If so, I would love to have you share your story with us in today’s comments so we can gather around you and encourage you to keep going—to not let go of that dream. Your strength to keep dreaming is so needed for all our tomorrows.
Denise Karis and Stephanie (Stephanie was the first one to make a guess), I think you two ladies came the closest to guessing what my 48 hours entailed! (And Genie, I think your guess was the FUNNIEST.) Denise and Stephanie, let’s set you up with your prizes! Email Genie today, and we’ll take care of you! firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing friends!
And now, I must say that I’m not going to have a new post tomorrow. I’m headed home today and ready to get the rest my body is hungry for. But I look forward to reading your comments. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
p.s. Thank you to Sony for the amazing opportunity and your constant support. And thank you to everyone at the Balancing Act for such a warm welcome and wonderful time!