I’m Not Sorry for Daring to Dream

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Photo Credit: Keston  De Coteau, Keystone Productions  Hair / Makeup by Valencia Pearl
Photo Credit: Keston
De Coteau, Keystone Productions
Hair / Makeup by Valencia Pearl

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Life often beats dreams out of us. Practicality takes over, and before long a mortgage and car note have us sitting in an office or cubicle typing some minutia that means nothing in the end.

Sometime in adulthood, usually around the age of thirty, our youth-obsessed American culture says if we have not become a “success, ” hang it up and accept mediocrity. Perhaps it’s the rebel and activist in me, but I refuse to surrender and live outside my destiny. I am worth the life, the dreams, I seek.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
– Albert Einstein

It’s one of the reasons I founded Live In Color blog earlier this year. I dream of reaching millions of people through the power of words, photography, and video, with messages of empowerment, inspiration and hope.

Nothing in my background says I dare dream so boldly. My family is not wealthy. There are no degrees from Harvard, Yale or Princeton University hanging on the wall, no extensive connections. Still, none of this will stop me. Why should it?

Every invention, work of art, or piece of music we enjoy exists because someone, somewhere, did not apologize for their dream and pursued it relentlessly.

So, no, I am not sorry for dreaming, climbing out of boxes, stifling stereotypes and limitations people place on women, people of color and mothers. Our dreams have no expiration date. I will dream and work until my last breath, no apologies. No regrets.

Live In Color! – Emelda


I’m Not Sorry – The Movement

Join us in the I’m Not Sorry movement. It’s about accepting ourselves, our flaws, our truths, without regret and judgement. Do it in this moment. Stop apologizing for yourself, and start living!

We’re releasing details soon about a reader contest. We want to hear from you about what you are not sorry about.

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Comfortable with Misery?

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Are you comfortable with misery? Does it crawl into bed with you, nestled between your comforter and consciousness? How much longer are you willing to accept being rendered invisible, ignored and abused?

The appropriate answer to these questions is simple, but arriving there requires uncompromising honesty, unhindered by rationalizations and fear. Put simply, you have to stop tolerating misery; you deserve more.

Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Release misery; tell it your spirit dances with promise, kick it in the pants with those stilettos, and begin, little by little to choose risk over pragmatic safety, and dreams before despondence. Become quite uncomfortable adjusting to status quo. Procrastination is the enemy of progress. Your freedom awaits.

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Two Steps to Releasing Misery:

1. Awareness – Stand on your head, lay on your back, any position works as long as you breath and meditate. Become lucid and focused daily; it births awareness. When we are aware, ignoring misery is nearly impossible.

2. Focus on the your passion – What ignites your soul? Performing, filmmaking, writing or dancing? Perhaps leaving your day job immediately is not an option, but there are moments you may carve out – fifteen minutes during lunch or ten minutes before work – to expand your focus. Follow and focus on your passion.

How will you walk away from misery? What’s your passion?