Reblog: “Action Stations 2 – Dream Advice” by Emma Capell

Thanks to another fellow blogger, Diane Reed, I came across this post I missed by Emma Capell she wrote back in 2013 at “Anyway I Digress“. It speaks a lot to what I feel and struggle with and she puts in all in perspective for me.

Emma and I have the same passion sharing these posts with you as part of our continual search of within and without. I can’t say it any better than this when she talks about what her vision and mission are:

My vision is to improve the quality of others’ lives (make you happier) by giving you ‘fresh eyes’ with which to interpret and therefore navigate what life throws at us.

If I can make one person happier as a result, it will be worth it!

My mission is to create a tribe of like-minded people, open to learning and maturing, who connect with other subscribers and contribute comments and advice. The positive energy and healthy attitudes will help to rub off on each other and improve the quality of lives by rubbing off on those we love also. I can’t do it without you.

So, here’s a little taste of what I’m talking about in Emma’s writing and her reflections. It’s a lot of what I’ve been feeling lately. I hope you enjoy it and that it speaks to you and gives you food for thought as much as it did for me:


Action Stations 2 – dream advice

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“Back to Barbara Sher‘s philosophy (think I will forget Picasso. I have digressed too far).



So, if we figure out what we were put on this planet to do, what we would feel unfulfilled in life on some level if we didn’t do. Would we rush to do it?

Hell no, probably not! Our resistance rises up and stops us. It would make us anxious doing that thing we want to do, so some part of our brain says don’t do it, be safe, stay here on the sofa and eat and watch TV instead. And I do!

Do you have anything inside you, which you often ponder on and even sometimes declare you will do, but don’t even get started? For me I would like to write a book (fact or fiction) on relationships and love, or paint paintings, or create videos or an online magazine, or be the next Oprah or be a career/life coach and help people like Barbara does, or be the person that escorts VIPs onto their private jets and yachts, making brilliant conversation in 4 languages (when I’ve fully mastered them) and making them laugh along the way (most odd I know, why am I sharing my weirdest secrets here?), or write hit songs in the style of Christina Aguilera for my singing daughterKatrina Capell, or in the style of Adele for my singing daughter Lucia Capell, or be a public speaker on some subject or other (yup, got over my fear of public speaking luckily) or, or, or….. Do you see my problem? A true Scanner (jack of all trades, interested in far too many things to settle on just one).

But less about me. Have you ever brainstormed like that? Perhaps if you did it every day for a week and exercised that muscle, you might find furtherdreams hidden in the recesses of your wishing brain. And just maybe if you found/created a large enough group of people, they could help you achieve one of your dreams and remind you to keep going until you got there even if you had to back off for a couple of months in the middle of your journey and be mentors to each other.

And who knows how you’d feel if you achieved a dream? You might hate it. Am I afraid of success? You bet. Why would anyone pay me large sums of money to do anything which I find easy and surely anyone else could do? I would feel almost guilty. Well I plan to overcome all of that and just bloody do it! Forgive my potty mouth. It seems appropriate.  If it brings in money which I can accept, great.  If not, at least I will feel fulfilled.

Wow this was a bit open, even for me. If you don’t laugh at some of my dreams, above, I won’t laugh at yours. Apparently you should never share them with friends and family, only to strangers and preferably strangers who have already praised you and you feel comfortable sharing with. So I hereby say that you are all awesome people for being bloggers, being open enough and motivated enough to want to give you time free of charge to other bloggers by sharing your wisdom and thought with us. You are all even more wonderful for reading my blog at all and reading this far today.

Do you dare to reveal any dreams here in the comments? They don’t have to be something necessarily achievable, in case you hadn’t noticed :)!


Haven’t you ever wondered why you’re here and what you’re supposed to be doing? I have — many times — and stalled in the process of challenging myself to do something about it. If I’m honest, there are times I find I like my couch way too much.

I can surely relate to what Emma is talking about and have to admit maybe I don’t do some of the things I’d like because I’m not wanting the success and all that goes with it?? (Hmmm, that’s a true confession.I don’t really have any answers on how to change that other than to keep working on it to get better. I keep trying.

At this stage of my life, I’m just discovering my dreams and what I’d like to do. Most of my life was spent doing for my family and supporting hubby. It’s different now and I’m enjoying the freedom to process it. There are dreams coming into my life I never pictured (i.e., pine cones — perhaps travel, a little more writing and hopefully talking podcasts — who knows).

I’m in awe with how my life is unfolding and what is manifesting. When I open myself up and free the energies that have been holding me back, there’s no limit to what opportunities the universe will present to me and to you.

What are some of things you’ve been dreaming about but just haven’t gotten off the couch, yet? What is stopping you?

Happy Friday everyone — hope you all have a great weekend. If you’re watching the Superbowl this Sunday — enjoy — and don’t mind me if I cheer on my Denver Broncos!

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I Had A Dream

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I woke up this morning on a working adventure and found myself in Scotland. It was so real that it stayed with me throughout the day. It made me think of this poem, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, I came across several years ago and I wondered, “What if. . . .”

What if you slept …

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?

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(This is widely believed to be the work of Coleridge but no publication dates or details are yet known.)

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I love this as it stirs up imaginations of infinite possibilities. Soon, I could feel myself there, in a mini mall with small shops, trees and little tables all around for people to sit and visit. I could see the buildings close by, as it seemed like a small city, and beyond there were mountains (or hills).

I remember, when I came out from where I was working, I realized I had traveled and was in a different place. In looking out, my instincts told me I was in Scotland but had to ask to be sure. “Scotland”, I said to the woman next to me. “I’m where my ancestors came from”.

I was trying to decide what to do next, whether to go back to work and stay connected with whom and what I know or go out and explore. I woke up before I made my decision but already I knew I was leaning towards going for it.

In relaying my dream to hubby, I could hardly contain myself. Here, I was awake and still trying to work things out in my head, like finding where I was and if there was someone I knew to contact. I imagined checking to see if I still had my cell phone, money, passport ― whew! But, I think all I had was my cell phone. There would definitely have to be some Divine direction needed.

I probably wouldn’t have thought much on this dream or given it too much energy had I not already had 2 people, since the beginning of the New Year, mention road trips to me. I thought my 2016 word, courage, was going to take me in a much different direction. Unlike, the post I was writing on political rantings and the courage of speaking out.

Scotland has always been on my bucket list and I’ve done some ancestry research on my grandparents with the help of a cousin in Australia. I hadn’t had much luck until Marianne came into my life, even in writing to Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society a number of years ago.

It’s a place that has always fascinated me not only from family history but with the Findhorn Foundation, as well. Years ago, I even entertained the idea of submitting a proposal to do a talking-stick workshop but circumstances were different then and I never mustered up the courage to go forward with it. (There’s that word again.)

Getting back to family and Scotland, I wrote a post, “Telling Stories – Holding Onto Memories”, some time ago about my great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Edward. My dad left me with a book that was written about him over a hundred years ago.

Thomas Edward

My Great-Great-Great Grandfather Thomas Edward – A Scotch Naturalist

He was a Scotch Naturalist with no education but a passion for nature. So much so, he was kicked out of more than one kindergarten because, on the way to school, he would pick up creepy, crawling things and they would slip out of his coat or cap while sitting in class. It was the reason for his lack of education but not because he wanted it that way.

Throughout his life, his passion continued for nature and every night, after work, he would wander the coasts of Scotland combing for new species of birds, fish, reptiles ― anything that would fly, swim, or crawl.

Over time, he was recognized for the new species he had discovered, After the publication of the book, “The Life of a Scotch Naturalist”, he finally received due honors, with the likes of some distinguished gentlemen as Charles Darwin, and was given an award and pension by Queen Victoria.

So my fascination and dreaming continues of a land a continent away. Knowing I have distant relatives   around the world, there is history to be recaptured and walks along a coast ― perhaps, where my great-great-great grandfather walked so long ago. The energy connects me between this world and the world beyond.

Who knows . . . and what if this year is the time for dreams to be brought into reality and, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, instead of holding a beautiful flower in my hand, I’ll be embarking on a trip across the sea.

Bon Voyage!

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