Rewind << I remember at the early stage of my career, I envisioned owning a business called Alexander Enterprises. Under the parent company were several entities that I operated — a modeling business, a real estate business, a publishing business, and an independent IT consulting company. Needless to say…I wasn’t afraid to dream BIG!
Play > Those companies didn’t mature on a grand scale but they DID come to life in one form or another that I didn’t always recognize! For several years, I actually did runway modeling for well-known Chicago designers, and national print ads for numerous companies. Check. I purchased a vacation home for our family and eventually ran it as a business on VRBO.com. Check. I organized graphic content and did typesetting for a global hair care company’s promotional book, and published newsletters. I also ran an IT consulting company. Accomplishments included upgrading the technical infrastructure of a non-profit parent support group, installing a LAN (local area network) at an architectural firm, and designing and developing software programs for a local Arts Foundation. Check. Check. and Check.
Fast Forward >> As I sit and write, I now know that tiny dream inside of me had to be fulfilled – it was my destiny. I remember sitting in my one-bedroom apartment on the north side of Chicago. While the sound of silence surrounded me, my thoughts of starting a business grew into infinite possibilities as I sketched the organizational chart on lined paper. Each company had brief bullets of goals and a shortlist of potential names. I had no business plans. I didn’t know anyone nor did I have business experience. I didn’t even know where to begin! But now I see that every organization on that chart found the right moment to come into existence and flourish. I now understand that the potential inside me had to be birthed.
Record  I want to challenge you, no matter where you are in life, to find your own space and dream. Dream BIG. Write it down. Draw it (make a vision board, if need). Then breathe. Be open to how your dreams manifest. Allow life and relationships to reveal your destiny. My hope is that your dreams become a point of inspiration. But more importantly, my hope is that you will experience the power of a dream.
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