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100+ Dreams

Updated: Jun 3, 2023

If you've been around me much, you know I'm a huge advocate for the 100+ Dreams List. It's a concept that I learned about in Laura Vanderkam's book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think.


After reading the book for the first time in 2014, I set out to create my own 100+ Dreams List. I honestly thought that I could get a solid list in just a matter of time. Goodness, I was so wrong. The first 20 were easy to jot down. Then the writing slowed down while the thinking went into overdrive. I may have reached 28 in that first attempt.


I've been working on that list ~ editing, adding, marking off ~ ever since. I still haven't made it to 100 but it's the goal.


The point?? To actively & consistently dream (more). I can set goals and make a plan for them all day long. Goals for business, ministry, personal development, etc. All day long!! Dreaming, on the other hand, has always seemed a bit impractical. Even pointless.


What has occurred to me is that life isn't getting any longer. That dreaming is not only ok, but necessary for this full life that I'm intending to live. And, that if I don't keep my dreams in front of me, they will get forgotten in the midst of daily life.


Will all of my dreams come true? Likely not. Even less dreams will become reality if I don't keep them top of mind and entertain them often!


The important stuff:


The 100+ Dreams list can minimize regrets. Someone once said, "I have some regrets that I can live with, but decided long ago there are certain regrets that I doesn’t want to die with."


The 100+ Dreams list also means you always have something to strive for & look forward to. No matter how big or small!


The 100+ Dreams list is YOUR list. You make the rules. You get to decide what you add, how you edit, and make it work for you.


The 100+ Dreams list includes short-term & long-term items. It includes things that are done once as well as repetitive, on-going things. Some are super big and expensive. Others are much smaller and free.


The 100+ Dreams list is helpful for intentional living. It is a tool for creating a full and exciting and vibrant life. It is beneficial to purposefully living real life more often than life online.


Ready to start your own??

  1. Decide where to keep the list that you'll review often. Notes on your phone. Back of your calendar/planner. Sheet of paper in some obvious location. Mine is in Evernote with a printed copy in my VIP Meeting notebook.

  2. Start your list. Some people do categories like travel, home, family, business, etc. Personally, I just do a straight, semi-random list as I think of things regardless of the 'area' of life.

  3. Share it. This step is 100% optional. You may choose to share with your spouse or a good friend who can be a cheerleader and help some of those dreams come true. I've only shared my entire list with my husband. And, I use many of the items as examples when I do this exercise with groups of women.

  4. Review & edit. This is critical. Don't let the initial excitement die by losing your list in a stack of papers. Keep it handy (that's why #1 is so important). Review it monthly. Mark things off as they are complete. Add new things as you think of them. Edit however you like.

  5. Keep dreaming!! I dare you to make a list beyond 100 ...

I'll likely document my list in another blog post soon. In the meantime, here are some examples that I've accumulated from others the last few years. And, it's absolutely not cheating if you see one you really like and want to add it to your own list!!


Examples:

  • donate hair to Locks of Love

  • teach my kids how to act, order & eat in a restaurant

  • spend time on my parent's front porch

  • frequently have fresh flowers on my office desk and/or kitchen counter

  • win a contest

  • see the Grand Canyon

Love the way one gal summarized the 100+ Dreams List:

Thinking through this and writing it down really puts intentional living in the forefront of your mind and can often give you a little push to take on a few of these dreams.


Now, what are you waiting for??!?

Start dreaming in high def and make your list!!

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