Have you seen my dreams?

Friday morning I was getting ready to go to the farm.

Husband chose to watch a documentary called Running the Sahara. Little J was not impressed, more then likely due to the lack of Diego in it fighting the rolling tumbleweeds. I rarely watch TV and never during the day. But I caught myself sitting down, intrigued and wanting to see what happens next. Yes, I ended up cutting my riding time short.

In case you have not seen it, this film is about 3 men running across 4,300 miles of African desert in 111 days to bring awareness to H2O Africa project. Needless to say the story is inspiring, the quest epic and the photography stunning. I have never ran in my adult years unless I was trying to catch the bus; but I felt like digging out my running shoes after seeing this movie.

Coincidently I spend the weekend pinning places I would love to one day visit for my Monday Listicle. Which all led me to think about my dreams. They used to be big and all revolved around traveling. Going places, seeing new wonders, trying new foods, meeting new people, learning new things. I had a map of the world as a child on my wall above the desk and memorized all the capitals and flags. I fantasized about the trips I will take and years I will spend away from home. In my head I played Amazing race even before it ever became a show.

My grandfather showed me all corners of my homeland. He taught me about the history, geography and politics of Europe. We would go to Venice on the weekend and drove across the Balkans on a whim. We hiked every mountain and picked mushrooms in every forest of Slovenia. We rode our bikes for hours around the capitol. He allowed me to go camping on my own before I was old enough to drive. I visited caves, climbed free style and hit the skiing slopes daily. By the time I was working I stepped on 3 continents. Then I became a flight attendant and ate dinner on a different continent every other week.

Today I dreamed about baking cookies.
I wish I could say it is the age, but I am in my thirties.
I wish I could say it is motherhood, but I have no qualms taking my son everywhere.
I wish I could say I am lazy, but I think I live an active lifestyle.
I simply have no dreams.

I like my days just the way they are. If somebody called me today asking to travel to Sahara to photograph Tuaregs I would love to go. But I do not seek any adventures on my own. I do not daydream about a perfect vacation, a physical challenge I want to achieve or a career I want to embark on. I am happy with everything just the way it is. Or have I stopped dreaming?

Have you set goals for yourself in the near future? Beside running across the desert and changing the world…


I found this in an unlikely place. All my photos were lost during one of our moves. And yes One Pink Chick, that is indeed a scrunchie. But that is a story for another day.

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  1. Posted November 16, 2011 at 21:31 by [email protected] Wants This | Permalink

    That is a beautiful photo – are those braids in your head??

    I still have dreams – but mostly they revolve around a good life for my children. I want clean air, fields and meadows to roam, animals around, farms aplenty, fresh milk and eggs on a whim, beautiful scenery and landscape – yes, I want to move to New Zealand.
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    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 00:16 by Stasha | Permalink

      It was the 90′. It seemed like a good idea. There is not much to do in the village for days on end so young girls were having a blast braiding it. It weight a ton… Do not recommend!

  2. Posted November 16, 2011 at 22:05 by Amanda | Permalink

    Mine are just a bit more ordinary now, and instead of calling them “dreams,” I call them “goals,” because nos I dream about things that are achievable. Like getting my blue belt in jiu jitsu (which, with luck, might happen this month)! And creating a wonderful Christmas experience for my family. And improving my photog skills. I’ve always been a realist, but becoming a mother has made me have fewer “dreams” but more “goals,” if that makes sense.
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    • Posted November 16, 2011 at 22:12 by Stasha | Permalink

      I like that, dreams are now goals. I really like that Amanda, I get that! So we shall celebrate the blue belt among other things at #theMotherOfAllTweetUp !!

  3. Posted November 16, 2011 at 22:47 by darcelle | Permalink

    “Sometimes on your way to a dream you get lost and find a better one”. Unknown
    Words to live by, I think.

  4. Posted November 16, 2011 at 22:55 by Jessica | Permalink

    You have lived a very full life already. I’ve barely traveled but mostly because I’m a homebody.
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    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 00:27 by Stasha | Permalink

      I think I am a closeted homebody too.

  5. Posted November 17, 2011 at 03:28 by Kiddothings | Permalink

    That is a beautiful picture. Kind of reminds me of Lady Di. You are so well travelled and perhaps that’s why you feel you have finally reached a stage where you want to just stay put and enjoy life. As for me, I never had big dreams – unless, getting married and having kids is considered a big dream. I would LOVE to travel the world one day – when my hubby earns enough money and retires that is.
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  6. Posted November 17, 2011 at 04:18 by secret mom thoughts | Permalink

    My dreams are ordinary things now. I dream of a happy life for my family.
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  7. Posted November 17, 2011 at 05:06 by kathy | Permalink

    What a wonderful post! Honestly, it wasn’t until I hit my 40′s that my “dreams” even entered my conscious thought process. When it did, it caused havoc within me. I realized how much I DIDN’T dare dream anymore and that caused a major reawakening and honestly…turmoil. I am now in my 50′s and my husband and myself have adapted to MY dreams. We moved, we travel, I photograph, I smile….life is so much better. But honestly, I don’t think I would appreciate MY dreams as much if I hadn’t have put them off for so long. Afterall, a “dream” is something that isn’t reality, right? Otherwise, it would be everyday life, and not a dream. It’s good to ponder and wish for dreams for awhile and THEN act upon them. Makes it all that more rewarding when you accomplish them :) . Happy dreaming!!!!

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    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 19:21 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you Kathy. I love you comment. You are right, if dreams are fulfilled every day then they simply become reality. I am so happy you are living your dream. Because I love looking at it through your lens.

  8. Posted November 17, 2011 at 05:34 by Twisted Domestic Goddess | Permalink

    Oh Stasha I fall more and more in love with you….I know that sounds creepy right?

    I get the not having dreams anymore. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my goals and dreams but simply do not have the energy to go forth and conquer them?

    My oldest daughter Kenna has started keeping a travel log of all the places her and I will travel when she gets older.

    First stop?Her momma’s dream…Greece
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    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:08 by Stasha | Permalink

      That is great, a travel log. Go Kenna! As a kid I spend all my days planning my adventures (and playing with my imaginary dog).
      I love my life so much but I just froze watching that documentary thinking I might have no more ambition. Not that motherhood is not an adventure, but shows featuring stay at home moms are usually called RHONY and not Running the Sahara. And they sure are nothing to aspire too…

  9. Posted November 17, 2011 at 07:38 by Bill | Permalink

    This is awesome. You talk about dreams, and “stopping running” but i mean come on. You’ve done so much already! What if your dream was to live in a beautiful part of a beautiful state riding a beautiful horse with a beautiful family? Seems like a pretty good dream to me…
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    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:10 by Stasha | Permalink

      Was never a dream of mine to be where I am but you are right, it is so much better then anything I ever dreamed of. I am just scared cause they say once you have no more ambition the life looses it’s motivation. Or something like that right?

  10. Posted November 17, 2011 at 08:40 by Rach (DonutsMama) | Permalink

    I don’t think you’ve stopped dreaming at all. I think you are living an awesome and wonderful dream right now. That’s how I feel. I wanted to travel the world (and did a bit) and try so many other things. Now, I’m so happy and content in my little home with my little family. Those are the dreams that matter to me.
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  11. Posted November 17, 2011 at 11:29 by MangoChutney | Permalink

    I used to love to get in a swing, swIng as high as I could go, and then I got grown. Now I have absolutely no fun and not adventurous…unless I watch a documentary with some coffee, and then I’m ready to conquer the world;)
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  12. Posted November 17, 2011 at 14:56 by Laughwithusblog | Permalink

    Ah contentment! You’ve found the secret to a happy life! :)
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    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 19:18 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you. Your comment made my day. Yes, my life truly is a happy one.

  13. Posted November 17, 2011 at 20:06 by Just Jennifer | Permalink

    That is a very interesting question you ask. I agree that perhaps we old married mom types don’t have dreams now, but rather goals. I mean, everything changes when you have babies. There’s just no 2 ways about it!
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  14. Posted November 17, 2011 at 20:42 by Bruna | Permalink

    It’s good to have dreams. I don’t think you’ve stopped dreaming. I think you’re living a real life dream right now and accomplishing things by the minute. As a Mother, you know what I’m talking about :) Love the photo, the braids & the scrunchie!
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  15. Posted November 17, 2011 at 21:58 by Rachel (Totally Ovar It) | Permalink

    What a beautiful photograph! I so love your spirit… it comes across so strongly in your picture!
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  16. Posted November 18, 2011 at 04:28 by jacqui | Permalink

    I love Darcelle’s quote. It fits perfectly with your post! It’s a pretty amazing thing to be able to like life just as it is…I’m sure countless people would love to have that feeling.

    I really like the braids…and the scrunchie, for which you are forgiven since they were in style then. (But I feel I must say this again…I only wear the scrunchie in the house!)
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  17. Posted November 18, 2011 at 10:38 by anna ~ random handprints | Permalink

    amazing photo. i havent traveled much in general, and even less now that i have kids, but i figure when the time is right i will still have my time to see the world.
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  18. Posted November 18, 2011 at 19:09 by Runnermom-jen | Permalink

    It sounds to me as if you are living your dream right now!! I think it’s wonderful. XO
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