Think back to when you were a small child. What did you want to be when you grew up? A football player? An astronaut? A rockstar? No matter who you are, you probably had a dream about the life you wanted to live in the future. Well, the future is here, and while our dreams often change from childhood, it is totally healthy and reasonable to still have them into adulthood.

The primary challenge most of us have, which was not as present in childhood as it is now, is cutting through the everyday grind and rediscovering what our dreams are at their core. It is easy to lose sight of the life we truly desire as we push past tourists, residents and fellow commuters for the sake of getting to work on time.

At the same time, we owe it to ourselves to live happily. Otherwise, we run the risk of losing ourselves entirely and living out an unfulfilling existence for the sake of a paycheck. We all have commitments to keep, both to our daily obligations and to ourselves. That is a delicate and difficult balance, and one that many people struggle to maintain. The truth is, maintaining that balance – and eventually, having your work life intersect with your ideal life – takes conscious effort on your part. So, to get the ball rolling, why don’t you try this?

Living Out Your Dreams

On your next vacation or long weekend, set aside some time for yourself. Grab a notebook and write down what you envision for your ideal life. Be sure to include people, projects, hobbies, new skills, and values associated with that goal. Then, ask yourself whether that ideal – for which you now have the blueprint – matches your current situation. If it does, congratulations! Chances are you have kept your dreams close to your heart and you’re living them!

journaling your dreams

For many of us, that is not the case. If you find that your current circumstances are far from what you envision make up your mind to do something about it. The mere thought of embarking on a journey toward self-fulfillment can be terrifying. After laying out your own personal blueprint, you may see the information you have jotted down and shout out, “I don’t know where to start!” Don’t let that frustrate you. Neither does anybody else.

Nobody ever embarks on a journey knowing every single step that lies ahead. At times, that includes the first step. Sometimes, figuring out where to start is the first step.

Whatever your “first step” is, take it. Just start.

By starting, you choose a path. By choosing a path, you resolve to explore and learn everything you need to know – good, bad and ugly – about achieving your dreams. Sometimes, this path will re-affirm that you have chosen to pursue the right dream. Sometimes, the path will lead to a decision that your true passions lie elsewhere.

No matter where it leads, continue to follow the path until you gain a greater understanding of your place in the world! You will surely encounter lessons, successes and, yes, even failures that will help you gain better perspective and grow as a human being.

No matter what you encounter in the pursuit of your dreams, it will all add up to help you find where you need to be.

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Gerard Longo


New Jersey

I am an entrepreneur, creative artist and unapologetic Millennial hoping to provide productive insight to our generation. Currently, my main project is an Internet radio organization called The Quinn Spinn (, which has two pieces of programming – the talk-based Quinn Spinn and The Quinn Spinn Music Hour – which air weekly on to a combined weekly audience of over 20,000 worldwide. We support independent music and creative artists from all over the world by featuring their work on our show, and we engage in fun, topical banter meant to put smiles on the faces of our listeners. Our exciting brand first launched with Episode #1 on Sept. 8, 2013 and has grown exponentially in just over nine months. In addition to our gig with WROM, we are a certified iTunes podcast, we have established a great relationship with independent music outlet ReverbNation, and we just hosted our first benefit concert and film screening in June 2014, titled “Entertainment for a Cure.” In addition, I understand the job market and how to build a better career through helping people with my second business, GTL Career Services. With GTL, I help job seekers and small business owners reach the next level of their careers by providing resumes, cover letters, web content and social media tutorials proven to improve their career fortunes. I also provide special daily feature posts on our social media pages meant to provoke thought and inspire individuals to live their best lives. It is these endeavors alongside years of adventures (and misadventures!) that enable me to have a powerful voice for our generation that comes from a place of love and an innate desire to make the world a better, more positive place.

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