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11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams
Everyone always says, “Follow your dreams!” But not everyone does it. Life interjects, bills pile up, and sometimes we have to do jobs we don’t want to do just to make it through the day. However, there are a number of reasons to follow your dreams, to break the trend, and to live the life you’ve always wanted. Here they are below:
1. They make life worth living.
Your dreams are what can get you through even the worst days. If you are struggling, your dreams are your reason to keep going. They are why you wake up in the morning and try again. They are what makes your entire life worth living. Without our dreams, we are nothing.
2. You’ll meet other dream seekers.
When you are motivated and excited about pursuing your dreams, you’ll attract other people who have the same values and interests. The more you surround yourself with high achievers, the further you’ll go. Then, when times get tough, and it’s hard to keep going, your friends will motivate you to continue achieving.
3. You can be an inspiration to others.
If you decide to go and follow your dreams, you will give hope to others who want to do the same. You can serve as their example and their reason why they should give it a try. You can help them, coach them, and encourage them to keep going.
4. You can provide for your family.
When you are this motivated, it’s very hard to fail. If you are very set on your dreams, and you make sure that you can make an income along the way, you’ll be able to provide for your family. Some dreams take longer than others to achieve, but that’s what makes the end goal so worth it.
5. Working in a job you hate makes the days go slowly.
Why should you work in a job you hate? You’ll count the clock, you won’t do as well, and you’ll dread waking up in the morning. Instead, pursue your dreams! Get excited about your day, and enjoy the process of doing what you love.
6. Because no one is going to follow them for you.
Let’s face it: no one else is going to pursue your dreams for you. Everyone has their own dreams and their own goals for what they want to achieve in life. If you don’t go for it, no one else will.
7. So that you can finally be happy.
Life without dreams is depressing. Search far and wide for yours, and make a promise to yourself that you will start pursuing them. Once you get on the path towards your goal, you will notice a distinct change in how you feel.
8. To prove them wrong.
All of us have been around people who told us our dreams weren’t possible. Let that add fuel to your fire. Think about all the people who said it would never happen, and go out and prove them wrong.
9. It will make your parents proud.
Sometimes parents don’t always understand our dreams or they try to sway us towards a particular one. However, if you are adamant about your dreams, and you work hard to achieve them, your parents have no reason not to be proud of you.
10. It will make YOU proud.
Even better than making your parents proud, you will be proud of yourself! Your confidence will rise, and you’ll enjoy the excitement and the adrenaline that comes with doing something you’ve always wanted to do.
11. You only live once.
Life is short. Our days are numbered, so why spend them doing something we don’t love? It’s time to make a decision to go for it.
I’m in! Are you?
Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer who received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech.
White kitchens may be “in” but, if you have the room, a dark cooking area can be just as inspiring! With almost every element expressed in a deep grey, the Vipp Kitchen is a perfect example of moody monochromaticism. Similar to white, the foggy grey serves as a canvas for other fixtures and accents like live herbs or the stainless steel washbasin. Bertoia-style chairs with full grain leather, natural stone and a fireplace focal point give this alternative kitchen and dining area a masculine edge.
Designer: Javier Wainstein
Colour Me Happy: Beautiful Interiors From the Dulux Colour Awards
Dare to be different or go with a classic scheme – these homes are sure to spark ideas for your own grand painting plans
Project: Modernist Wonderland
Photographer: Martina Gemmola
Paint colours: Green Paw Paw, Aqua Frost, Dandelion Yellow, Tingle, Acropolis, Scarlet Ribbons, Polar White, Gold Pearl Stain
Photographer: Eve Wilson
Paint colours: Dulux Vivid White, Relax, Blue Veil Quarter, Teal Tree, Black, Signature
Designer: John Ellway Architect
Photographer: Toby Scott
Paint colours: Dulux Natural White, Black
Designer: Lisa Breeze Architect
Photographer: Caitlin Mills
Paint colours: Dulux Buoyant, Navy Trim, Whisper White
Designer: Austin Maynard Architects
Photographer: Tess Kelly
Paint colours: Dulux Summer Air, White on White
Photographer: Eve Wilson
Paint colours: Dulux Natural White, Nantucket Mist Half, Cat Mint, Blue Quarry, Maximus
Designer: Bagnoli Architects
Photographer: Ari Hat
Paint colours: Dulux Spanish Olive, Bleached Coral Half, Antarctica Lake Quarter, Duck Egg Cream Quarter, Fair Bianca Half, Antique White U.S.A.
Designer: Doherty Design Studio
Photographer: Derek Swalwell
Paint colours: Dulux Natural White, Domino
Designer: CHEG Architecture
Photographer: Joanne Manariti
Paint colours: Dulux Spritzig, Arctic Daisy Half, Black, Antique White U.S.A., Frisky
Designer: Brownlow Interior Design
Photographer: Christine Francis
Paint colours: Dulux Apple Day, Beige Royal Quarter, Natural White
Designer: The Little Design Corner
Photographer: Esteban La Tessa
Paint colours: Dulux Lexicon Half, Klavier, Black
Designer: SJB Interiors
Photographer: Lucas Allen
Paint colours: Dulux Natural White, Black, Deep Aloe Vera, Burnt Earth, Hildegard, Madigan, Klavier, Fairoaks, Coalition, Viridis
Designer: The Stylesmiths
Photographer: Nicole England
Paint colours: Dulux Cuddle Quarter, Dieskau, Floss
Designer: Mihaly Slocombe
Photographer: Tatjana Plitt
Paint colours: Dulux Joyful, Natural White, Colorbond Woodland Grey, Black
Designer: Fiona Lynch
Photographer: Sean Fennessy
Paint colours: Dulux Baltica, Dieskau, Calf Skin, Natural White, Grey Pebble, Colorbond Surfmist, Noble Knight
A Triumphant, Textural Home
in Armadale, Melbourne, Australia
Green meets granite. Photo – Derek Swalwell.
This innovative and envy-inducing home is the work of Melbourne based practice, B.E Architecture. Andrew Piva, B.E Architecture director, explains that the firm has a holistic approach to design, offering services in architecture, interiors and landscaping.
The most distinctive feature of this particular project is its arresting textural façade. Rough stonework (260 tons of granite, to be exact) provides a unique sculptural quality, as the architects ‘approached the form as though it was a solid piece of rough stone that has been carefully cut away.’ This theme continues inside the house too, seen in a series of robust stone benches, basins and bathrooms .
Despite its rugged outward appearance, this home is light, bright and relaxed. A triumphant floorplan ensures good cross ventilation, every room has a strong connection to the outdoors, and lush, mossy landscaping softens all the hard edges.
The strong materiality of the exterior is counterbalanced by rich, lux textures inside the home – leather, velvet and reflective metals lend the home a distinctly luxurious feel. Mind you – ‘liveability’ was a major part of this brief – this is a home to be lived in, not admired from a distance! ‘Although all elements of architecture, interiors, art, landscaping have been carefully considered, there is an overall relaxed feel.’ Andrew confirms.
The clean lines and gentle luxury here conceal a deceptively sophisticated design and build process. ‘Like any building that looks effortlessly simple, there is a great deal of work that goes into getting that right’ Andrew admits.