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DREAM POND Potluck with Purpose 3/4/14

March 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


New to our Dream Catcher Project? 

Dream_Pond_Series_by_schladyWe sometimes dismiss the things that are most special to us personally as less important, as we go about the “busy-ness” of our lives. But please do not make light of your dreams! What you do for yourself amplifies into an energy that fills our community. In the big picture, we all need each other to be doing the thing that most lights our fire. So do this simply because YOU deserve the gift. Here are the instructions to prepare for tonight – START NOW!


  • Feel inside for what you REALLY want to accomplish, and hone that dream to make it uniquely yours.
  • Can you express it so clearly that you can write it in one sentence or phrase? That’s your goal for the March potluck.
  • Try to make it so meaningful you smile in spite of yourself when you imagine it.
  • Remember to make it achievable and specific, give it a specific concrete goal, and a timeline, like this:

“I want to make my living writing.” =  too vague.

“I want to be a theatrical writer.”  = more specific, and personal but, still without focus.

“I want to write my first short screenplay about what Transition can do by this year’s end!” = What makes this very achievable and concrete is that you have given it some realistic measure (reaching a milestone), and given it a timeline. The timeline is not carved in stone, but we each need one to strive towards.

“ I will do _______ by _______ time.”

  • And then, take a frank look at the emotional and physical barriers that seem to stand in the way. You need to write a second sentence for that major obstacle. For instance:

“ I don’t have the training.”  “I’m afraid I’ve lost my old ability.”  “It’s hard to start at this age.”



A. Make the following lists quickly, without thinking too much. After you run out of first ideas, stay with it for 5 more bullets:

  1. Make a list of things you love to do now, when you have time for yourself.
  2. If money were no object, what would you spend the next few years doing?
  3. What do you do effortlessly and naturally?
  4. What did you love to do as a fairly young child or young adult?

List all you can think about, then ask a friend what else they see you do effortlessly and with love and engagement.

B. If you could live five lives – what would you be doing in each one?

Do you see any clues in these exercises of things you still want in your life?

First Step – The Dream Pond

At the March 4th Potluck with a Purpose, we’ll begin the first lively, important step, The Dream Pond. We do it together – and that’s key.
The more people doing this on March 4th, the more successful the results we each get…so here’s your homework between now and then:

  • Mark your calendars to come
  • Work on feeling deeply into your dream and writing that sentence and the issue that stops you.
  • AND find at least one friend, loved one or guest who also needs to pursue their dream, and invite them to catch their dream too!

***ALSO: Bring your usual meal offering, but please add a small appetizer or juice for a first course.
We may be splitting the courses and doing our Dream Pond before the main meal, so we don’t get sleepy.

We have fun and important work to do this evening!


March 4, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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St Albans Parish Hall
Curtis & Washington Street
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Event Sponsor
Transition Albany