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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Redirecting Energy

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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“Wherever you are your mind put you there.”
– Carolyn Malachi, “Free Your Mind”

Life is often described as a circle, as we move through various stages, but it need not become an endless cycle. Recently a friend and I were discussing our frustration with a situation when she reminded me about the importance of redirecting energy. “Imagine what you are capable of if you shift all of this energy towards your dreams.”

I define the redirection of energy as a transformation of focus – instead of continuing to dwell in misery, shift towards promise and solutions. Frequently, when faced with dilemmas, we must ask this question: “What is the solution?”

This takes practice, and consistently managing our inner dialogue, as complaining comes naturally, but beginning those concrete steps toward change is arduous.

Become unrepentant in your will and
determination, accept responsibility for this current situation. Only when we become clear about our present, are we able to envision our future. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s powerful film, The Shift, asks viewers to consider a novel kind of movement in our lives, releasing the chase of status and embracing deeper meaning and service to others.

Redirecting energy is possible, and it begins now, in this moment, with us.

Here is how you can begin the shift:

1. Prayer & Mediation – I begin all of my solutions on this blog because without communication with God and quiet mediation, our minds remain scattered.

2. Replace the Language – Instead of saying “I’m tired of this” say “I’m focused on_________ (whatever the solution is for you).

3. Visualize – Visualize your victory! Close your eyes, slow the breathing, and visualize your intention.

4. Get out Your Pen – Write out that plan, begin with numbers if it helps. Define what redirecting energy means for you in major areas of life – health, career, relationships, etc.

Please share how you are redirecting energy in your life.