Today… we are featuring the “updated” big dream for Denise Forney.
The reason I say it’s her “updated” big dream is because Denise has been with the BIG Dream Gathering for a while! In fact, her big dream journey started back in 2008 when she came to her first BDG and she posted a dream that was all about writing kids music.
Then… she started walking out that dream! And she did it one small but significant step at a time.
She didn’t quit her day job. She simply started to look for opportunities to flex her “music writing” muscle. She was involved with the children’s ministry at her church and so she started to write some original songs for that. Someone asked her if she’d do some songs for a kid’s birthday party… she agreed… and wrote more songs. She wanted to encourage her own kids to be musical… and BAM… more songs came.
Fast forward to 2010, when she came to another BIG Dream Gathering. This time she had 14+ original songs written, but now the big dream was to record a CD. So she posted a dream sheet describing the dream and asking for help.
Get this… someone in the room had a recording studio… and they wanted to help Denise make this dream happen!
Now… it’s 2011… and Denise has her own CD – CRISSCROSS APPLESAUCE! How cool is that?
Since she’s been walking out her dream… I asked Denise for an update. Plus, I wanted to find out what was next.
So here’s her “updated big dream,” in her own words…
You are just the best… thanks so much for continuing to be so encouraging of my dream!
Our big dream is getting this CD into the hands of as many childcare providers, parents and young children as possible!
It always blesses me when I hear stories of families around the country that are listening to the CD with their young tots and enjoying the music. When a child I’m teaching says,
“Konichiwa!” after hearing “Hello Around the World,” or gets excited about recycling after hearing “Let’s Go Green.” Or when another mom can relate how hard it is to be a working parent and drop their child off at daycare in the morning after hearing “Tic Tac Toe, X’s and O’s.” Yes, it’s cool to leave this kind of legacy with my kids… but to know that the songs are touching other families too makes my heart smile. So… the dream continues… with plans in the works for a children’s Christmas CD of songs I’ve been writing for a few years… and fun performances with kids this summer at the Blank Park Zoo (where we’ll outroar the lions!) Wellspring Christian Bookstore, KangarooBoo, and the Great Iowa State FAIR!
How cool is that?!
So that’s Denise’s “Updated” Big dream. We’re excited for her and I bet you are too! Why not let her know if you have some ideas, connections or encouragement for her? Just click on comments and let her know!
Also… as I’m wrapping up this post… I’m wondering what Denise’s story might inspire YOU to do today? What if you took a few lessons from her BIG DREAM PLAYBOOK? What if you thought about a few of those big dreams that you have and wrote them down? What if you looked for opportunities to walk them out? What if you took a few small but significant steps towards them? What if you got started… TODAY? What could happen?
Denise’s story is proof-positive that those small but significant steps can add up over time!
So let Denise know that you believe in her BIG DREAM… and also know that we believe in YOURS!!
Until we hit a million,
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